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ESG Report: Verifying Network Intent with Forward Enterprise
This ESG Technical Review documents hands-on validation of Forward Enterprise, a solution developed by Forward Networks to help organizations save time and resources when verifying that their IT networks can deliver application traffic consistently in line with network and security policies. The review examines how Forward Enterprise can reduce network downtime, ensure compliance with policies, and minimize adverse impact of configuration changes on network behavior.
ESG research recently uncovered that 66% of organizations view their IT environments as more or significantly more complex than they were two years ago. The complexity will most likely increase, since 46% of organizations anticipate their network infrastructure spending to exceed that of 2018 as they upgrade and expand their networks.

Large enterprise and service provider networks consist of multiple device types—routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers—with proprietary operating systems (OS) and different configuration rules. As organizations support more applications and users, their networks will grow and become more complex, making it more difficult to verify and manage correctly implemented policies across the entire network. Organizations have also begun to integrate public cloud services with their on-premises networks, adding further network complexity to manage end-to-end policies.

With increasing network complexity, organizations cannot easily confirm that their networks are operating as intended when they implement network and security policies. Moreover, when considering a fix to a service-impact issue or a network update, determining how it may impact other applications negatively or introduce service-affecting issues becomes difficult. To assess adherence to policies or the impact of any network change, organizations have typically relied on disparate tools and material—network topology diagrams, device inventories, vendor-dependent management systems, command line (CLI) commands, and utilities such as “ping” and “traceroute.” The combination of these tools cannot provide a reliable and holistic assessment of network behavior efficiently.

Organizations need a vendor-agnostic solution that enables network operations to automate the verification of network implementations against intended policies and requirements, regardless of the number and types of devices, operating systems, traffic rules, and policies that exist. The solution must represent the topology of the entire network or subsets of devices (e.g., in a region) quickly and efficiently. It should verify network implementations from prior points in time, as well as proposed network changes prior to implementation. Finally, the solution must also enable organizations to quickly detect issues that affect application delivery or violate compliance requirements.
DataCore Software: flexible, intelligent, and powerful software-defined storage solutions
With DataCore software-defined storage you can pool, command and control storage from competing manufacturers to achieve business continuity and application responsiveness at a lower cost and with greater flexibility than single-sourced hardware or cloud alternatives alone. Our storage virtualization technology includes a rich set of data center services to automate data placement, data protection, data migration, and load balancing across your hybrid storage infrastructure now and into the futu

IT organizations large and small face competitive and economic pressures to improve structured and unstructured data access while reducing the cost to store it. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions take those challenges head-on by segregating the data services from the hardware, which is a clear departure from once- popular, closely-coupled architectures.

However, many products disguised as SDS solutions remain tightly-bound to the hardware. They are unable to keep up with technology advances and must be entirely replaced in a few years or less. Others stipulate an impractical cloud- only commitment clearly out of reach. For more than two decades, we have seen a fair share of these solutions come and go, leaving their customers scrambling. You may have experienced it first-hand, or know colleagues who have.

In contrast, DataCore customers non-disruptively transition between technology waves, year after year. They fully leverage their past investments and proven practices as they inject clever new innovations into their storage infrastructure. Such unprecedented continuity spanning diverse equipment, manufacturers and access methods sets them apart. As does the short and long-term economic advantage they pump back into the organization, fueling agility and dexterity.
Whether you seek to make better use of disparate assets already in place, simply expand your capacity or modernize your environment, DataCore software-defined storage solutions can help.

The Evolution of Workforce Mobility in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond
COVID-19 upended conventional workplace practices for many businesses, forcing a great deal to transform their in-office workforces to remote ones practically overnight. As the pandemic drags on, technology solutions such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) have made remote work more sustainable by providing employees with wide-ranging and secure access to the tools and applications they need to do their jobs. In this white paper, we discuss what makes VDI essential to the success of mobile
Workforce mobility and the benefits of remote working have become the new workplace standard for many companies as the pandemic continues to keep employees away from physical offices.

In addition to helping propel demand for more mobile solutions (e.g., laptops, thin clients and Bluetooth-enabled accessories), the pandemic has also emphasized the vitalness of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions in helping enable successful digital workplaces.

Many VDI solutions offer a centralized architecture, which simplifies various IT processes crucial to supporting remote work environments. While there is no shortage of VDI tools out there, Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) certainly stands out.

Parallels RAS is an all-in-one VDI solution that takes simplicity, security and cost-effectiveness to a whole new level while enabling employees to easily access work files, applications and desktops from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

Parallels RAS effectively addresses the common challenges of enabling workforce mobility, such as:

  • Limited accessibility of legacy applications or line-of-business software
  • Establishing a secure environment
  • Keeping personal and work data separate

In this white paper, you’ll learn what workforce mobility looks like in today’s business world, the key benefits and drawbacks of a mobile workforce and how Parallels RAS helps solve common remote work solutions.

Download this white paper now to discover how Parallels RAS can help transform your digital workforce to conquer today’s challenges and ensure you're well-prepared for the future.

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