We needed multiple networks, including VPNs and proxies, [and the Internet] as well as to change the elements of our MPLS service.
Licensing, routing, security, and bandwidth requirements could all change at any moment.
After establishing the foundation for remote operations, many IT teams have sat for quite some time to address the issue of security gaps and how to close them. In the short time since U.S. employees were forced to close during the pandemic, things began to balance out.
We seem to be in good shape now when we examine the inquiries we receive from our customers.
There is no better technology than the cloud
Yet despite the recent financial recovery, some network trends fueled by pandemics continue to define IT planning for the second half of 2021 and beyond.
With Gartner reporting a close 6th increase in client interest in cloud networking between May 2020 and May 2021, the cloud is without a doubt the big winner. Currently, the cloud is “a whole lot” more common and important to the planning network than it was before COVID-19.
According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a division of TechTarget, 94% of companies currently use SaaS, IaaS, or both, and almost half already have a cloud system – an increase of 18% since 2020. Because of the pandemic, 85% of companies have accelerated their cloud adoption plans, according to ESG analysts.
The first consideration we gave to the adoption of the difficult situation was an upside. They currently have 95% of their infrastructure in the cloud and plan to reach 100% soon. A dramatic shift towards remote work boosted productivity in measurable ways. Today we are in a better position than we were before the pandemic.
Throughout 2019, it has made calls regarding which switches or SDN platforms to purchase for on-site data centers. Normal questions presently include whether to use transit gateways and how to set up a corporate network using AWS.
There is no longer any reason to hold off on cloud investments due to the pandemic. At one time, there was a good percentage of clients who were extremely pleased with gradual rewards and direct distribution. Some individuals say they would like cloud computing to become the network delivery model.
It’s time for SASE to shine
Among WAN trends, SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) dominated through the end of 2019. While Gartner clients have been getting some information on SD-WAN in the wake of the pandemic, it hasn’t been the full picture. However, presently it’s entirely expected at the same moment as SASE technology.
The number of calls telling us they are doing SD-WAN is increasing, but they also have many remote clients. Is there any way to work this out together?'”
SASE is a term coined by Gartner to describe a security architecture that connects and delivers edge devices through a cloud-based service package. As of now, about a third of IT and network professionals are using the SASE model, according to a new study by SD-WAN service provider Aryaka.
Limited issues with site access and third parties have slowed the spread of SD-WAN during the pandemic.
As of today, these difficulties are still present; however, they are predicted to die down in the second half of 2021. Despite that, the organization had already begun implementing SASE a couple of years earlier, which helped it secure a new remote workforce by 2020. With SASE’s support, the organization will be able to leverage cloud services and edge computing capabilities in the future.
In 2022, many companies will be investing in this technology.
Even now, as some businesses are settling back into office settings, demand for SASE solutions remains strong.
The campus LAN is back in the game
The return to work is prompting many IT teams to get back to projects they shifted from the sidelines during the pandemic, for example, campus-wide network updates. It is not common for teams to spend money deploying new switches in physical workplaces when no one is using them.
In any event, as we get back to the routines of everyday life, the network experts are alerted once again to the connection. Many organizations plan to support a hybrid remote workforce in the future, but few are planning to eliminate their offices.
The campus network is still needed whether you have an all-digital workplace or a hybrid one; you may not need as much infrastructure. A company could, for example, deploy four switches and six access points rather than five switches and nine access points during its next LAN upgrade.
The updated Buy Wi-Fi Router 6 standards will play a crucial role in the new norms set by the organization after the apocalypse. Designed to handle increased client demand in areas such as show lobbies or sports fields, the wireless high-speed standard is capable of configuring itself to handle sudden, dramatic fluctuations in client demand. These abilities place it to stay aware of the vagaries of a hybrid workplace – for example, if an office meeting suddenly draws many remote clients to the workplace.
Wireless 6 density makes huge and flitting meetings possible, which is essential for organizations because they can easily return.
The Wi-Fi 6 update will be supported by many other companies soon. Midway through 2020, a pandemic shut down a majority of the campus’s wireless projects after a commonplace adoption curve was reached. Around half a year after the outbreak, interest in Wi-Fi 6 began to increase again, and by the end of 2021, it had recovered to pre-pandemic levels, along a U-shaped curve.
Despite COVID-19 being a thing of the past, many networking experts say the lessons learned need to be incorporated into future IT planning. A majority of respondents to the ESG overview said that it was increasing overall spending and investment in long-term technology systems to prepare for future business interruptions.
We have learned that the effect of a pandemic on business is the ability to adapt rapidly to a competitive edge. As a practical matter, this means avoiding long-term service level agreements or restrictive technology plans for ongoing financing opportunities.
As we have experienced with Pandemic, we must embrace cloud migration and everything that is defined by the software. Networks that can adapt minimal interruptions will be best positioned to address previously unknown needs in the future.