The Future of Networking is here. It’s Application-Defined for the Cloud Era.
SD-WAN | Cloud Networks | Branch LAN/WLAN
The Business Challenge
It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with businesses and the way business is handled changing so quickly around us. What’s required these days to seize a business opportunity?
The answer is business agility in the face of consistent change.
If you want your business to be competitive while still making a profit, cost control is crucial. This is especially true in the retail business where both just-in-time inventory and a small IT footprint are in every store. Supporting branches in far-flung areas 24/7 while keeping up with seasons, trends, personnel, and customer data is the most costly aspect of running a business and Tier3 is here to help cut those costs and keep your management running smoothly.
What is true of the retail business is true of many businesses with sites around the world that depend on cloud technology to stay on the same page. These businesses need an application-defined IT networking infrastructure which allows the network to adapt to the application requirements quickly and efficiently, so the business can respond to changes they are constantly faced with and ensure end-to-end security as well as cost effective service delivery.
In order to operate a globally scaled project, businesses in this day and age have to have upwards of thousands of locations with a multitude of devices and a host of applications – anywhere from supply chain applications to point of sale – where there cannot be any network or application issues without causing the business to lose business and customers. Increasingly, businesses are turning towards cloud based services to have more cost-effective global operations. To support these new methods of business, IT must be able to guarantee high availability and service level agreements—whether on premises or in the cloud—as well as the ability to configure and reconfigure the IT infrastructure and edge devices in a hybrid environment in a rapid-fire manner to avoid downtime and serve the customers.
What’s Holding IT Back?
The challenges for IT concerning both Local and Wide Area Networks include: infrastructure complexity, inflexible enterprise edges, poor bandwidth utilization, slow delivery of applications across WANs and from clouds, and delayed application access for users from branches, remote sites, hotels, airports, and stores plus restricted budgets as well as…
Complex IT that is Costly to Manage
The IT environment is complex and costly when managed traditionally. Hybrid networks offer a way to mix high cost, SLA-guaranteed MPLS for business-critical apps with lower cost, public Internet for less critical apps to achieve new efficiencies, cost savings, and accelerated app delivery.
Inflexible and Fragile Enterprise Edges
Changes in configuration for edge devices using CLI are hard to get right and can break an increasingly complex network. Defining which network path (MPLS, Internet, or Internet VPN) that each application should take based on traditional CLI-based routing is an administrative nightmare. Experienced, expert IT staff, who are in short supply, then must travel for weeks from site to site to take devices offline, reconfigure, test, and validate them.
Increased Demand for Bandwidth
As the Internet becomes more and more complex, bandwidth is more and more limited. Bandwidth-intensive video, real-time collaborations, as well as Internet services are driving the demand for more WAN capacity through the roof and at an incredible pace. While this is true, applications traveling long distances across MPLS, Internet, and Internet VPN are still susceptible to slow performance, particularly in cloud deployments. Since business is increasingly conducted at the enterprise edge, no one can live with failed or slow apps or device downtime.
Harder to Secure
Now with the cloud, direct Internet access at multiple remote sites bypasses data center-grade security services, making end-to-end security harder to realize and putting users and the business at risk.
Applications are more diverse in type and growing in volume. Modern applications are encrypted, and application configuration is increasing in complexity. Encrypted applications (SSL, TLS, HTTPS) are difficult to classify and segment, so app traffic is all treated equally with high priority over MPLS networks. Encrypted apps and SaaS vendors, whom IT does not control, can make it hard to manage service level agreements and gain control.
Poor/Unpredictable App Performance
Application performance directly impacts business performance in today’s world. Today MPLS is often at capacity within organization and as more enterprises turn to the cost-effective Internet, they also experience a downside: no SLAs for Internet broadband, little or no visibility, and lost control over performance.
In order to solve the challenges that businesses are facing as they move into the digital era of business management, a centrally managed, application defined networking solution applicable to the cloud era is necessary. This is where Riverbed’s Application Defined Networking approach comes in and helps networks adapt to the requirements of the application. This adaptation allows IT to manage segments of the network that are part of SD-WAN’s unified networking fabric, optimize and accelerate apps, and also troubleshoot application and network performance based on the intelligence of that application.
As a result, Riverbed can then deliver high-level Visibility, Optimization, and Control over any network to any user or cloud based software without considering their location and delivers the following capabilities, too:
Cloud Managed LAN
The cornerstone for next-generation application defined networking is Riverbed® SteelConnect™.
SteelConnect™ is a system that allows users to securely connect to the applications they need no matter where they reside be it on a remote LAN, in a data center, or in the cloud.
SteelConnect™ offers several differentiators—ubiquitous and unified connectivity across LAN, WAN and the Cloud; business aligned orchestration for fast, agile, and secure application delivery; and unique cloud-centric workflow, easy menu-driven network design of sites, zones, uplinks, and rules, and centralized, business intent-based policy management—all within a simple graphical user interface—for ease of use and greater business agility.
Learn How Riverbed® SteelConnect™ Can Help Businesses here.=
SteelConnect can deliver solutions for every business from building hybrid WAN to automating cloud connectivity across every industry. To learn more about applying SteelConnect in business and vertical industries, please visit: www.riverbed.com/steelconnect/use cases. For more information, please visit: www.riverbed/steelconnect
Tier3 Technologies is a mid-west based company founded in 2005 by Michael Paynter, and is privately-owned. Paynter, an information technology veteran, envisioned a company that took the best of class delivery systems and built them to suit each enterprise's specific needs.