Hybrid Networks and The Smiths

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Hybrid has been defined as 'a thing made by combining two different elements'. To me it’s a combination that’s greater than the sum of its parts.


I think of the partnership of Marr and Morrissey causing NME to declare The Smiths the most influential group of the past 50 years. I also think of customer’s changing Wide Area Networking (WAN) needs.

A solo act, single network solution, just does not fit all situations any more.

The optimal pairing of MPLS and Ethernet (for example), when your organisation requires Data Centre connectivity and also has a distributed branch network, has become the most common network design. What results is high-bandwidth cost (and performance) optimal network where you need it; married with the widest range of branch-site access options. Overdub Class of Service (CoS) to that, and you’ve got a service that hums.

Hybrid: Cloud & WANs

Perfect pairings also occur where Clouds and WANs meet. High performance connections into Cloud services now provide security and reliability for business critical applications. We see similar shifts in the ever-changing music business, content storage and sharing are more important than ever, with data-centre and back-end network design now critical. The trends are materialising for all distributed organisations that rely on the ability to share data. More organisations are seeking to take advantage of common platforms from single service providers to get the best end-to-end experience.

Hybrid: Pairing Voice & Data

The idea of ‘hybrid’ does not stop there. Combining or pairing services onto one network results in growth in voice traffic over data networks. Businesses are demanding affordable communication services across the globe and the ubiquity of wireless and wired network infrastructure is fueling the growth of the VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services market.

Notably enterprises continue to combine what were separate voice and data networks into one converged Ethernet network connection. It’s now obvious that they are comfortable in doing so and are happy to see connectivity savings.


So, we see the network technologies of Ethernet & MPLS harmonising, Public & Private Clouds sharing a headline billing, and voice & data services converging to form a pleasing duet.

Just like Morrisey & Marr some things are just better together, but I’m not holding my breath for a reunion gig.

Steve Coakley

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