With the digital era changing the business landscape, IT and businesses leaders have no choice but to make digital transformation a primary initiative. According to ZK Research’s 2018 IT Priorities Survey, 89% of businesses currently have digital transformation initiatives underway, up from 84% in 2017.
Market leadership isn’t necessarily about price, perception of product quality or human resources anymore. Success among enterprises is largely determined by keeping pace with market changes and capitalizing on those changes more rapidly than competitors; agility is key to this initiative. Enabling agility relies on a technology component that is, historically, not particularly agile: the network edge.
Clearly, the network edge has become mission critical. Here are the primary drivers for its criticality:
“Today’s network edge should be thought of as the foundation for the digital enterprise, as it’s the place users, cloud applications and IoT devices connect to an organization. For most businesses, the network edge is the business. The legacy, static and non-differentiated network edge of years past is no longer sufficient. Businesses and IT leaders must focus on building a smart network edge.” – Digital Transformation Success Requires a Smart Network Edge
Here’s the overarching issue with the current model for the network edge: it’s a 30-year-old, legacy design built for best-effort traffic, with little consideration for user experience. Today, business success relies on application performance, and a poorly designed network edge will compromise performance significantly.
Did you know that businesses have the opportunity to double productivity by ensuring applications already in use are performing optimally? The problem is, the legacy edge is holding enterprises back and costing them money. Below you’ll find the main issues that keep the legacy network from becoming an enabler of business:
It’s evident that an agile, modern network is key to successful digital transformation, but what do enterprises need to do to achieve such a network? Transition from the legacy network edge to the smart network edge: the most influential change in networking in many years. A smart edge is designed for digital businesses, and it enables the network to function with the same levels of agility as other areas of IT.
Just a few features of the smart edge:
Extreme Networks recognizes the need for network transformation and modernization, and that’s why we’ve developed the Smart OmniEdge Solution—we’re determined to enable enterprises to focus on innovation at the network edge. It enables enterprises to easily provision edge services with flexible consumption models and create a consistent, personalized experience across both wired and wireless networks, made up of the following components:
You can achieve unmatchable competitive advantage by shifting to a smart network edge, and doing so needs to be at the top of the priority list; business success depends on it. To maximize the potential of network centric technologies, the network simply has to be modernized. It’s the only way to keep up. For more detailed information on why, read the full analyst white paper by ZK Research: Digital Transformation Success Requires a Smart Network Edge.
Interested in getting started on your journey to a smart edge? Extreme Networks is here for you. Connect with an Extreme Networks expert now, or call us at 1.888.257.3000.
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