May 31, 2013

Enterprise Mobility has changed IT forever – It’s about the application

Enterprise Mobility is not only tied to the mobile device but any device or application that has become dynamic and agile within the  enterprise landscape. It has also changed the application landscape from traditional applications such as, SAP to cloud based delivery models such as, SalesForce.com, Facebook, Twitter, and many more. Millions of new applications have been developed to support new workflows on mobile devices, with new “apps” showing up every day on the internet; some become business critical the next day while others may have no real value. Instant access to social media is expected from mobile device users  as well. Social, mobile, cloud and Big Data is everywhere.  To maximize the user experience IT must make sure that the huge availability of applications can be seamlessly delivered from the cloud – private or public -to those mobile users and devices that require them.

With the flexibility, and the agility of this new application world there also comes a new set of challenges for IT and the business. It all became very dynamic: private cloud data centers utilizing software oriented architectures (SOA) and virtualization make it hard to identify applications and provide appropriate services at huge scale with high throughput (80% of the traffic on those data centers stay within the data center). The transport from private and public cloud data centers for those applications is all encapsulated within an http and/or https connection (web traffic) which results in a total lack of visibility and control to the – mobile – user.

These challenges drive the need for a pervasive application visibility and control architecture using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technologies. Many solutions currently on the market, such as  Network and Application Performance Management (NPM, APM) solutions may offer visibility into the application but they are not able to provide control over the application. Solutions such as, next generation firewalls, WAN accelerators, application delivery controllers and Wi-Fi specific solutions rely on funneling large amounts of traffic from across the network through a single appliance (choke points) to overcome the scalability and/or cost challenges that are typically associated with DPI in the enterprise IT infrastructure. .

In addition these solutions are de-coupled from one another – there is no homogenous application classification between all of these various tools , therefore true end-to-end management becomes  impossible. The fragmented nature of using individual point products does not allow for a unified network management view of the entire network, which makes it difficult to manage the network in its entirety. This then makes it impossible for IT to provide a superior user experience for application delivery for the virtualized private cloud data centers, to public cloud services to the end-user from within that single management system.

About The Contributor:
Markus NispelVice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation

Markus Nispel is the Vice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation at Extreme Networks. Working closely together with key customers his focus is the strategic solution development across all technologies provided by Extreme. In his previous role he was responsible as the Chief Technology Strategist and VP Solutions Architecture for the Enterasys Networks solutions portfolio and strategy, namely NAC Network Access Control, SDN Software Defined Networks, DCM Data Center Management, MDM Mobile Device Management Integration, OneFabric, OneFabric Connect and OneFabric Data Center as well as the network management strategy. This position is tied to his previous role in Enterasys as Director Technology Marketing and as a member of the Office of the CTO. In addition to this role he advises key accounts on a worldwide basis in strategic network decisions. Before its activity for Enterasys Markus Nispel was active as system Engineer at Cabletron Systems. Markus Nispel studied at the university of applied sciences in Dieburg and graduaded 1996 as Dipl. – Engineer for communications technology. He collected first professional experience at E-Plus Mobile Communications within the group of network optimization of their DCS cellular mobile network.

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