Corporate networking environment’perception upheaval’ caused by Corona 19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted networking in many ways, including the rise of fully automated remote offices, the need to support a’branch of one’, and the growth of new communication software tools.

“The biggest trend right now is business agility,” said Todd Nightingale, head of enterprise networking and cloud business at Cisco. IT is looking at the speed and feed aspect, as well as how agile it can handle tasks in the future, examining the technology it has deployed. Software APIs are a big part of this trend. “It’s a lot easier to do with APIs and software that can be changed in a day, not months.”

According to Nightingale, Cisco will expand support for technologies such as open source programming tools Terraform and Ansible to make automation easier and more agile.
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In a recent blog, Suzy Wie, vice president of Cisco’s DevNet Ecosystem Success Group, said in a recent blog that it is becoming more important for network professionals to continually strengthen their software skills, such as using APIs and code repositories, to utilize all the capabilities of the current network. . Above emphasized that connecting business-critical applications to the cloud requires software knowledge in addition to networking skills.

Cisco has developed links to business cloud services such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Office 365, and Google Cloud by embedding API access into the latest networking hardware. This link allows programmatic management of the interface between the business network and the cloud.

Cloud and automation

Utilizing these cloud APIs will be a key element of corporate activities in the current and post-coronavirus networking environment.

Thanks to rapid innovation in cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS), the cloud has established itself as a leading platform regardless of new digital services and existing traditional workloads. According to a recent Gartner report, the share of enterprise workloads deployed to CIPS will increase from 20% in 2020 to about 40% in 2023.

In the report, Gartner Senior Analyst John MacArthur said in the report, “As the Corona 19 pandemic revised its cloud strategy, collaboration, mobility and virtual desktops moved rapidly to the cloud to build a distributed and secure workforce.

“Coronaviruses are moving to the cloud not only in terms of where applications reside, but also in new enterprise management models,” said Brandon Butler, IDC’s Senior Research Analyst for Enterprise Networks, in IDC’s recently hosted “The Future of Enterprise Networking: The Rise of New Normals. It has accelerated the transition.”

“Managing corporate resources in the cloud gives us quick access to new features in the future in addition to network insights and analytics,” Butler said. This has played an important role in network operation management during the pandemic, and the trend will continue after the pandemic.”

With the increasing use of advanced APIs and the transition to cloud management, analysts are paying attention to the rapid expansion of the use of automation technology.

According to IDC, in 2020, companies used automation tools for user onboarding, service activation, and remote maintenance.

Cisco’s more advanced automation tools help businesses detect and define devices that connect to their home office network and enforce segmentation policies to control access and prevent the spread of infection from home office to corporate resources. Explained that this becomes.

“With the advent of IoT devices such as sensors and cameras, the concept of fully automated remote operation has become very important,” Nightingale said. Automation is an evolution accelerated by the coronavirus and will ultimately help IT groups expand their capabilities now and in the future.”

Single branch

Experts predict that remote offices and branch offices will continue to be a major concern for many IT teams in the future. IDC predicts that after the coronavirus, more than 52% of workers will continue to work remotely or work in a mixed office/remote work environment. Due to this trend, many companies are faced with the need to support the “one-person branch” that IDC refers to.

“Companies should consider how to support hybrid workforces and extend their LAN policies to remote workers through a one-person branch architecture,” said Brad Casemore, vice president of research at IDC Data Center and Multicloud Networks Group.

According to Casemore, a new IDC study found that key components of a one-person branch architecture include a cloud-based platform for central management of corporate network policies, visibility and analytics tools for monitoring application performance and user experience, centralized security, and subsidized broadband. Or, it should include support for wireless backup functions, etc.

Nightingale said the shift towards a hybrid workforce triggered by the coronavirus will continue in the future. Nightingale said the goal now is to provide users with the best possible experience, high-quality connectivity, and security in one tightly integrated package, no matter where they are connected. [email protected]

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