Due to the pandemic, we’ve spent the past two years ushering in new ways of doing things. Sales teams have learned how to connect with business partners and customers online, project managers virtually oversee execution from remote sites, and engineers can determine the right system architecture via video calls.
One thing these modifications all have in common is that they all rely on telecommunication and IT infrastructures to function. Digitization, cloudification, and new technologies, which were already underway before the pandemic, have intensified greatly.
As a result, enterprises, and telecom operators will need to change how they plan their future network and IT infrastructures. In 2022 and beyond, network and IT infrastructure planning and by extension, inventory management, will be dramatically transformed. Even when the pandemic is behind us, the changes we’ve made because of it will have altered network and IT infrastructures and their resource documentation and planning permanently.
New Technologies to Stay Connected
Digitalization accelerates cloudification, and both go hand in hand with a modernization of the network and IT infrastructure. With cloudification, applications moving into the cloud and legacy IT infrastructures vanish from the campus. Connectivity must be adapted to the new environment, and new technologies must be introduced faster in the networks. Depending on the use cases, technologies like SD-WAN or optical connectivity can be used and are replacing traditional, copper based, leased lines.
As enterprises are typically geographically distributed with offices in different cities or countries, we will see single office-centric campus networks vanishing and being replaced with “One-Enterprise-Network”, spanning all campuses of an enterprise.
IoT technologies will enable new security, monitoring and tracking use cases and will add a high number of new devices, functions and applications to the traditional IT and network infrastructure. This will result in many additional requirements for resource management.
To support and roll out new applications and technologies, the ideal management solution must provide end-to-end views to both operators and planners. A reliable resource documentation and planning database is also the basis for any kind of automated and workflow-driven processes.
Bernd Pruessing, Senior Solutions Consultant at FNT Software, recently discussed network, IT infrastructure, and management trends in The Fast Mode. Read the full article here.
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