IT managers need full network visibility to make the right decisions to allocate resources, fine-tune performance and secure the environment to guard against unplanned downtime. According to IHS[i], network outages and slowdowns are estimated to cost enterprises $700 billion a year. Regardless of the cause, the fact is that network downtime is expensive.
Downtime risk can increase when organizations try to save on network costs by opting for a multivendor management approach. Why? A multivendor strategy increases network management complexity because IT managers can only see one network at one time.
Lack of visibility also affects planning. Companies that want to add resources, such as mobile apps to drive efficiency with workers, have difficulty properly calculating how much additional bandwidth demand a resource will create. This can hamper an organization’s ability to grow and be agile in response to market conditions and customer preferences.
Without visibility, security may also suffer. As the cyber threat landscape expands and becomes more harmful, with hackers unleashing fast-spreading ransomware attacks and DDoS actions against all kinds of targets, organizations have to beef up their defenses to prevent breaches. Poor network visibility is a significant handicap; if you can’t identify vulnerabilities in the network, the risk of a serious cyberattack can increase.
With the proper network visibility, you can monitor performance and the resources on top of it, including services and applications. Such end-to-end network monitoring in a multivendor environment is practically impossible, making it difficult to deliver a consistent customer experience.
One way to mitigate the risk of downtime is to contract with a provider that offers software-defined network (SDN) capabilities coupled with hybrid connectivity platforms (MPLS-based, public IP, broadband, 4G LTE) with secure end-to-end visibility from mobile to cloud.