Feb27

Don’t allow your Enterprise IT to become “Accidental Architecture”

Are you curious as to whether IT executives in financial institutions may require the services of a remote cloud provider or Content Delivery Network to remain elastic and scalable as new applications are loaded onto the infrastructure?

The answer is yes if you consider a real life example provided by Level 3 Communications, the infrastructural backbone for Virtual Internet’s CDN offering.

According to Level 3, a security team at a major financial house decided they could do a  job better of installing IP security cameras throughout the facility and connecting them to the corporate network, than the resident IT leadership team.

Unfortunately, while the initial install was successful they never bothered to notify the WAN manager about the potential spike in corporate network traffic.

You can guess what happened next:  Network performance slowed down to a snails’ pace and was virtually nonexistent once the cameras went live on the system.

“While you probably have a good grasp of what your WAN needs to be today, odds are good that you have almost no idea what it will need to be in two or three years.  Throw in those unexpected challenges and you’ve got more than a network problem — you have a business problem,” said Level 3.

Level 3 calls this accidental architecture, which can disrupt your daily operations and eventually impact your bottom line.  Agile IT and Enterprise  Big Data require an elastic infrastructure to scale-on-demand, both horizontally and vertically, for all global products.

The do-it-yourself approach may have worked 10 years ago as the Internet was still in its infancy. But the simultaneous demands of corporate staff, customers and partners across multiple devices including Smartphones, suggests a strong motivation to consider cloud computing resources to drive your IT, content and simplify operations.

Content, in particular, has real business value that needs to be handled in an agile manner.

“There is a huge amount of empirical evidence that shows that the speed at which a web page loads determines how much revenue is made from that page and how high the customer’s satisfaction is with the experience,” said Level 3.

This has resulted in a new expectation from users that a web page should load within 2 seconds and that video never buffers……..it should start immediately.

Thus, metaphorically speaking, Enterprise customers now demand content at the speed of light.  You can either break the bank and fund this infrastructure yourself, which could mean a long-term loss in IT agility and scalability, or you can leverage the services of a Content Delivery Network.

 

 

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