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Thoughts from HP Discover: The days of flat, rigid networking are over

Lorenzo Gonzales.jpgAt the recent HP Discover in Barcelona I had the opportunity to meet several customers in an introductory Transformation Experience Workshop and in impromptu conversations. In almost all cases, it was clear that the pressures of the frequency, complexity and cost of changes in the network were the key symptoms of the need to evolve networking architecture to the next step: an elastic infrastructure design that can easily adapt to requests.

 

Nowadays, legacy networking architectures, though designed to last, are not aligned with the actual needs of applications that are required to transfer huge amounts of data, or to flexibly adapt to changes in a dynamic environment, whether virtualized or cloud-based. How to balance the need to transfer oversized multimedia files with the need to avoid any impact on standard activities during business hours? How to create a hybrid infrastructure across multiple data centers to blend dedicated and shared resources used by multiple tenants? How to maximize performance while cutting costs? These were some of the most recurrent questions that customers and I discussed.

 

Every situation was unique, and so were the solutions we identified. However, my top three recommendations were:

 

1.     Start over with the problem definition: Legacy networks were designed under paradigms that are not suitable anymore, such as north-south connectivity, or core-to-edge with spanning tree or one-size-fits-all architectures. Look at your business and IT problems, then find your right-sized solution, optimizing different portions of the network for specific purposes; for example, one portion could be flexible and automated; or highly secure and segregated; or latency-optimized.

 

2.     Make services and operations part of the design: As in any other field, optimizing the design and implementation of services and considering the impact of operations are the keys to maximizing effectiveness and sustainability. Removing operational complexity by design results in reduced effort, costs and risks for the full service lifecycle, including the inevitable changes.

 

3.     Consider new technologies and new opportunities, not just incremental improvement of legacy capabilities. Open standards ensure interoperability and protection of investments; Software-Defined Networking (SDN) introduces unprecedented opportunity to differentiate and innovate; and virtualization and consolidation enable a rethinking of architectures. All of these offer much more than a way to build something "a bit better" than in the past –they offer a different way to interpret networking design.

 

So … where to start? A great opportunity is the HP Connectivity Transformation Experience Workshop, designed to map out in just one day a full journey from legacy to your unique future. Or, if your future networking has already been designed, start with a few pilot projects in parallel, each of them aiming to explore a different set of opportunities: SDN, simplified architectural models, next generation operations, and single-pane-of-glass management are among the options that can immediately bring measurable outcomes and at the same time pragmatically prepare your organization for the immediate and medium-term future.

 

Do you have a network problem that requires a clear definition? Do you want to know more about practical advantages of the solutions I mentioned? I'll be keen to follow up on your comments.

 

Read more about HP Network Services and how we can help you build elastic connectivity.

 

To learn more about me and how I can help you get the best out of new technologies and services, visit my HP Technology Expert profile.

 

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