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9 best practices to boost your clients’ enterprise network performance

 IT Talente by Quest

For your clients to attain the network performance their enterprises need, point them to these nine best practices:

1      Plan for continued bandwidth growth
Your clients will need to prepare for 5G mobility, the internet of things (IoT), video conferencing, collaboration tools, etc. — all of which will accelerate bandwidth demand.

2      Baseline network and cloud services
As cloud migrations snag traffic from beyond your clients’ networks and impact network performance, baselining both cloud applications and the underlying network behavior help define the new normal.

3  Embed security into network design
No longer an afterthought, security needs to be embedded into your clients’ network’s design right from the start.

4      Monitor the network
Without an ability to constantly monitor the network, your clients won’t be able to spot and respond to problem precursors and prevent them from harming network performance and network security.

5      Segment the network
The more your clients’ networks link operations, employees, suppliers, and customers, the more security threats they face. By segmenting the network, your clients can keep attacks on one segment from spreading to others.

6      Embrace the virtualized, software-centric network
Using capabilities like software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and network performance management/application performance management technologies to virtualize systems and functions saves resources and enables automation of key business functions.

7      Commit to real-time network analytics
Network analytics engines can identify redundancies and misapplication of your clients’ resources and power centralized control of functions like security patching, managing software updates and upgrades, and overseeing device lifecycles.

8      Use proof-of-concept network strategies
Requiring proof of concept when your clients procure/configure their networks can prevent problems and mismatches that impact network performance and/or network security.

9      Consider managed network services
As networks become increasingly complex, your clients may be able to benefit from bringing in a network management service provider. Your clients will do best with a provider able to deliver both a breadth and depth of offerings that should include a proven ability to:

Ecosystem or Feudal System?

Game of Thrones playing on iPad

Game of Thrones recently kicked off its fourth season. And as a devoted fan, I cannot help but see the similarities between the battle for control of Westeros, the Iron Throne and the capital city, King’s Landing and the current gamesmanship developing in the IT Channel for control of the end-user experience, the IT infrastructure backbone, and the datacenter.

Much like the Channel, Westeros the fantasy realm of the HBO hit show, Game of Thrones, is made up of different families and kingdoms. For those who remember their Western Civilization courses, it is basically a feudal system under the mercurial rule of a corruptible monarchy, bordered on the north by snow zombies and hordes of non-allied “wildlings” and to the south east by dragons and a very angry ex-pat, who is raising an army to kill everyone back home.

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Quest’s Global Network of Service Delivery Centers are Ready Right Now to Meet Your Clients’ Needs

Map of Quest's global network of Service Delivery Centers
When it comes to choosing a partner to help you meet changing client demands, you face some tough decisions. As I see it, you need three things to make a successful partnership:
  1. A partner who’s willing to share — i.e., when you make a sale, you get a piece of the proceeds, including a portion of ongoing revenue from Cloud service subscriptions.
  2. A partner with the right offerings — i.e., a solid bench of Cloud and other technology solutions that truly address your clients’ requirements.
  3. A partner who fields sufficient resources to reliably deliver what you’ve promised your clients — i.e., not merely strong technical experience/expertise but also a network of leading edge data centers specifically designed with the virtualization, automated management, and security capabilities.
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