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Aryaka Networks 2015 Predictions: Global Enterprise Cloud Predictions


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Contributed article by Sonal Puri, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Alliances at Aryaka Networks

2015 Global Enterprise Cloud Predictions

1. Global Enterprise Networking Will Near a Breaking Point

As global enterprise workforces continue to disperse around the globe, the public Internet is carrying more mission-critical traffic over long distances than ever before. At the same time, the types of applications that knowledge workers rely on are changing. Today's applications are increasingly real-time, such as voice and video applications, and these apps suffer when confronted with congestion, latency, packet loss, and other problems inherent in long-distance networking.

Compounding the problem is the fact that many enterprises still rely on outdated architectures designed in the 1990s, such as MPLS, as the backbones of their global networks. No place is this more obvious than with cloud-based applications, which tend to be located farther away from end users than was the norm when MPLS networks were originally designed.

Moreover, many enterprises are seeing their mission-critical traffic crowded out by the heavy flood of consumer-based traffic as consumers watch HD movies from Netflix and Hulu, stream music from services like Spotify, and obsessively check social networks.

Enterprise networks are nearing a breaking point, and engineers will need to rethink their networking strategies; otherwise, they'll be doomed to slow lanes that they have no easy way to escape from.

2. Enterprises Clamp Down on Personal Browsing with Net-Neutrality-Inspired Slow Lanes

Enterprises have tried everything to ensure that employees are actually doing work while they're at work. Studies have shown that productivity drops precipitously during times like Black Friday and March Madness, with one study estimating that March Madness could cost businesses $1.2 billion in lost productivity.

Business leaders have tried everything from web filtering to remote monitoring in order to combat lost productivity, but most of these efforts have done little more than alienate employees.

A new strategy is emerging, however, one borrowed from the debate surrounding Net Neutrality.

Enterprises will experiment with looser acceptable browsing restrictions, but they will funnel non-work traffic into slow lanes. As bandwidth becomes scarcer and more prized, IT departments will start aggressively throttling non-business-critical applications. If Facebook, which is becoming more video-rich and chatty, must compete with Salesforce, IT will be proactive about conserving the scarce, expensive resource of broadband-speed bandwidth.

3. IoT in the Enterprise Encounters Barriers as Wearables Start to Catch on

Just when you thought BYOD was a problem spiraling out of control, with employee-owned smartphones and tablets causing all sorts of headaches for IT managers, now comes a new threat: the Internet of Things (IoT).

Much of the IoT trend will directly benefit enterprises, which can now do everything from monitoring factory floor equipment to running remote diagnostics on fleet vehicles.

However, consumer-focused devices, such as Google Glass and the Apple Watch, will consume far more bandwidth than legacy enterprise networks were designed for. Many enterprises will try to ban these devices outright, which is always a flawed choice, since savvy employees always find workarounds.

More forward-thinking enterprises will try to accommodate their gadget-loving employees - who are often executives and other top performers - without sacrificing the performance of business-critical apps. One approach could be to install mobile cellular network boosters throughout offices, so employees can keep their personal traffic on their personal networks, the ones that they're actually paying for.

Another approach will be to add more intelligence in the network, so mission-critical applications will be prioritized, while traffic to and from smart watches and other wearables will sit idle at on-ramp stop lights, stuck until the traffic jam eases up.


About the Author

Sonal is the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Alliances at Aryaka Networks. She has more than 18 years of experience with Internet Infrastructure in sales, corporate and business development, channels and marketing. Previously, Sonal headed business development and corporate strategy for the Application Acceleration business unit and Akamai Corporate Development team for Western US. Sonal also managed global business operations, channels, and business development and ultimately ran the acquisition process for Speedera Networks in 2005 by Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) for a stock transaction worth more than $500 million. She has also held key management roles in sales, marketing and IT at Inktomi, CAS and Euclid. Sonal was a speaker and panelist at a number of international conferences including Cloud Expo, Cloud Connect Europe, Bynet Expo, SaaSCon and the Aberdeen Summit.

Sonal holds a graduate degree in building science from the University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Mumbai, India.

Published Wednesday, December 03, 2014 6:23 AM by David Marshall
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Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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