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Cost savings, quality of service … does hybrid IT require hybrid WAN?

In the early days of cloud computing, moving a simple, isolated workload to the cloud was relatively easy for an organisation. These test projects tended to be small and contained, and carried low risk, because the application was usually selected on the basis of being non-critical to the core business. The rise of hybrid IT has changed that picture dramatically.

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Cost savings, quality of service … does hybrid IT require hybrid WAN?

  1. 1. accelerate your ambition Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Cost savings, quality of service … Does hybrid IT require a hybrid WAN?
  2. 2. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data How can you maintain MPLS-networks costs, but also ensure the performance and security of cloud-based applications in the new world of hybrid IT? 1 2 Network traffic patterns are changing – more critical workloads are moving from business-owned data centres to the cloud We’ve reached a tipping point – the volume of data moving between organisations’ internal infrastructures and cloud providers is larger than that moving across internal data centre networks
  3. 3. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data What is a hybrid WAN? Hybrid WAN refers to the introduction into the network environment of different forms of connectivity as supplements or alternatives to MPLS. The rise of hybrid IT has made the purely MPLS-based WAN almost obsolete.
  4. 4. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data How does the data get there? Organisations are still underestimating the need for a proper data conduit between their own infrastructure to a public cloud … Expert networking skills are required to set up a WAN that’s fast, safe, and integrates well with existing infrastructure.
  5. 5. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data Network savings help fund cloud … Financial or commercial considerations are important, but organisations are still looking at cloud options through the lens of what they will save on data centre spend … not necessarily including what they can save on networking via alternative, hybrid models. For large networks, connectivity is expensive, so savings in that area can be used to fund innovation in other areas.
  6. 6. Copyright © 2015 Dimension Data … but it’s not just about cost Research shows that the main reason for organisations moving to private cloud for enterprise applications isn’t cost … it’s quality of service. The goal is to build the perfect environment for production workloads and applications. But such workloads typically need advanced networking, security, and storage to surround them as they move to the cloud.
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