Enterprise networking technology continues to thrive with half of the world’s networking connections projected to be machine-to-machine (M2M) by 2023. That’s a lot of computers and infrastructure talking to each other, which only increases the potential for errors, vulnerabilities or worse: inefficiency. The companies that thrive today will be those that not only leverage advanced networking solutions, but those who use them most effectively to complement their business. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the top solutions advanced networks employ today and how they can benefit your customers.
#1 - 5G
5G is the newest generation of mobile communication technology, promising minimal latency and much faster speeds than 4G. While most of the media buzz around 5G has been about how it will benefit mobile consumers, it’s poised to have a bigger impact on the business world. When you consider that more data is being produced every day, and that more businesses are embracing mobility, you can easily see why 5G could make such a huge impact. The ability to transfer more data faster than ever before—and from anywhere—is a potential game changer and no doubt why so many companies are already investing heavily in 5G infrastructure.
#2 - Edge computing
The growth of IoT devices has added to a major problem in data logistics: where should the data be processed? Processing it locally means more robust hardware is needed, but adding this kind of power to IoT devices like refrigerators or thermostats just doesn’t make sense. And using cloud services to process data can be unreliable due to high latency. Edge computing can perform critical data processing at the “edge” of a local network, mitigating latency and thereby creating a regional processing solution for companies with robust data and IoT needs.
#3 – Software-defined networking
With all of the data infrastructure in the world, there’s never been more networking hardware and software in use than there is today. Data centers are everywhere. While they vary in size—and in spite of the advanced technology they employ—each data center depends on being able to operate efficiently in order to serve customers. Software-defined networking (SDN) provides a solution to the growing complexity of convoluted network architectures. By offering centralized, simplified management of enterprise networks, SDN, with its advanced features (including centralized provisioning, granular security and holistic enterprise management), gives networks the ability to keep pace with the speed of change.
#4 - Desktop virtualization
For those companies limited by their current hardware, desktop virtualization provides a way they can still access and run advanced environments and software. This is accomplished by creating a virtual operating environment that can run on any device, even if the hardware doesn’t have the space or power to run it itself. All that’s required is for the hardware to have a network connection and it’ll be able to access and run virtual environments. Desktop virtualization can also save money by lowering the cost of management while increasing utilization, reducing energy consumption and cooling costs. Add it all up and companies employing virtualization can enjoy a much lower price of ownership and a larger ROI.
For more information on how advanced networks can help your customers be more efficient and boost their ROI, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.