Our applications, too, are becoming more complex and connected, pulling in a stream of live (and ever bigger) data from the cloud or remote facilities and processing it in real time. Before long – industry analysts tell us – corporate networks will have to cope with even more bandwidth-hungry, latency-critical advances such as workplace virtual reality, smart cities and connected everything.
How can an organisation handle this explosion in the volume and velocity of data traffic without allowing networking costs to spin out of control, yet still maintain appropriate levels of service and security? Although the cloud will undoubtedly become home to more and more applications over time, organisations nonetheless need to anticipate how their private corporate networks are going to bear the growing weight of traffic. After all, that’s where their most sensitive data and mission-critical systems are likely to remain for the foreseeable future – and where performance lags or data breaches could be the most damaging.
Hybrid networking provides an answer. By diverting some traffic over lower cost Internet connections – using a VPN wrapper and some smart prioritisation and acceleration tools, say – you can already begin to control costs by making more use of the Internet while also freeing up bandwidth on your core MPLS connection to keep your most critical systems performing at their optimum.