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Network as a Platform

Data Centre Networking

Today's data Centre networks are complex with many complementary and codependent technologies needed for them to run smoothly, including Ethernet switching, storage networking, application delivery, core IP services (DNS, DHCP, IP address management).

Innovation in These Areas Allows Your Data Centre Network to:

  • Be More Intelligent and Application Aware
  • Provide Improved Support For Virtualization
  • Reduce Costs by Consolidating Networking and Cabling Infrastructures
  • Provide a Stable and Robust Platform for an Always-on Business Environment
  • We Recommend an Approach to Data Centre Networking That Starts with Understanding the Business Objectives and the Operational Context in the Four Towers of the Data Centre – Server-side Networking, storage-side networking, network services and application services.

Our process Comprises the following steps:

  • Identify – Review the impact of technology on your operations
  • Discover – Conduct a discovery and/or a technology assessment
  • Assess – Analyses outputs of the assessment and create a roadmap of prioritized initiatives
  • Recommend – Review and agree on recommendations and the suggested roadmap
  • Execute – Deliver on the recommendations
  • Improve – Repeat these steps regularly due to the cyclical nature of ageing technology and operational changes

Network Performance Optimization

  • Bandwidth management – Reserving and allocating appropriate bandwidth for business-critical application data versus low priority and recreational traffic
  • Protocol acceleration and optimization – Making TCP/IP more efficient for applications delivered over WANs
  • Accelerated file services – Improving the efficiencies of typically 'chatty' file and data protocols designed for LANs
  • Compression – Reducing the amount of traffic transmitted over the network without losing the original content, which is then reconstituted at the destination
  • Caching – Storing data that has been transmitted via a WAN link locally, then serving it from the local cache
  • Content management – Controlling unsolicited and rogue traffic which can consume large percentages of corporate bandwidth
  • Offload services – Providing TCP, SSL and XML offload capabilities to free up CPU cycles on the application servers, as well as allow for control of encrypted traffic
  • Server load balancing – Spreading the work, or load, between two or more application servers, leading to higher levels of reliability, redundancy, predictability and improved scaling of applications.

Software-Defined Networking

SDN offers a simpler, better way to manage you network. This could hold the following advantages for your business:

  • Cost Savings Through More Efficient Operations and More Effective Delivery of Network Services
  • Lower Capex Through Higher Utilization and Elastic Scaling of Network Services
  • Easier, low-cost implementation and management
  • Greater Automation Thanks to External Applications Programmatically Interfacing With Network
  • Improved Ability to Keep up With The Speed of Change, Particularly Virtualization, Convergence, and Cloud
  • Greater Ability to Respond More Quickly to The Dynamic Nature of Modern Applications And Business Requirements