Future Proofing IT Networks

Future proofing IT Networks

In today’s hyper-competitive world, businesses rely on access to the most optimised technology to survive and thrive. Modern enterprises future proofing thier IT networks, must ensure that the systems and tech they depend upon are robust to safeguard their futures. 

Due to the pace of modern technological change, and the many innovations which are increasing every day, enterprises of all sizes now have to take advantage of the best tech available to stay ahead of their competitors. 

However, not all enterprises have the time, capital, or resources to update their entire IT stack all at once. Indeed, the industry has moved away from a ‘rip and replace’ mindset, to embracing incremental changes. But this newfound philosophy presents key IT decision-makers with a conundrum. Namely, how can these enterprises establish which aspects of their IT to upgrade first? How can they determine what takes priority and what can be deferred until later?

This article will discuss all of the above, as well as how enterprises can future-proof their new and improved networks to ensure long term success, along with expert opinions on optimisation. Read on to learn more. 


Assessing Your IT Network

If network optimisation is your end goal, then there’s only one logical place for you to begin. Namely, assessing your IT network to determine whether it A: needs an upgrade, and B: what needs to be upgraded first. 

‘Your IT network is both the foundation of your IT infrastructure, and the gatekeeper to your applications. Your apps, and therefore your business, cannot function without network connectivity, and they are exposed to the many threats from the internet and beyond without the layers of security your network provides.”

You’ll need to establish clearly what your IT infrastructure is designed to help you achieve, in order to then determine your metrics for measuring success and the effectiveness of your systems. A few key metrics to consider when conducting this evaluation might include network uptime, mean time to repair, false positives, and anomaly detection rates, among others.

Once you’ve established these key metrics, you might want to consider asking the end users in your organisation what they feel needs to be improved. Conduct a survey of your organisation’s employees to determine their opinions of your network’s strengths and weaknesses. You can then use this feedback as a springboard to plan your enhancement strategy.

Finally, you should evaluate how efficiently your current system scales to support your organisation down the line. Can it effectively handle more devices, locations, and network traffic in the near future? Is it compatible with other systems and tech? What obsolete tech is holding your system back and restricting your growth? 


Current IT Trends

Now that you’ve dealt with your existing systems, it’s time to turn your thoughts to the present: what are the current biggest IT trends, and how can they be leveraged to your advantage? Furthermore, how might these trends affect your organisation’s strategies and investment decisions down the road?

First of all, AI and automation have become major talking points over the course of the last year, and more and more companies are attempting to integrate AI into their networks in some capacity. In doing so, they’ve been able to automate tedious manual tasks, allowing human workers to focus on higher-order priorities while eliminating errors.

Furthermore, Internet of Things (IoT) devices have become more prominent in recent years as a response to the increasing amount of remote or hybrid working models that have emerged in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, although this has enabled greater connectivity and flexibility, the increased points of entry have also created more of a burden for network management and cybersecurity. 

Finally, the implementation of standalone 5G networks has also proved increasingly popular, providing broader coverage and lower latency across IT networks. This, in turn, has also helped enterprises accelerate their network’s speed and boost their operational efficiency. 


Future Proofing Your Infrastructure

Having assessed your own network and the dominant contemporary IT trends, it’s time to start future proofing your infrastructure. But, where to start?

The first step to take, if you haven’t already done so, is to prioritise software-defined, virtualised, and cloud-native approaches to IT infrastructure. Opt for solutions that provide abstraction, standardisation, and portable configuration over custom hardware appliances and remove the constraints of hardware. This will enable your IT teams to scale resources up or down depending on the needs of your business. 

Leveraging automation, Infrastructure as Code practices, and cloud-based services are all ways to ensure that your new infrastructure can be continually improved and iterated without major disruption to your day-to-day processes or further sunk costs.  

To fully realise the benefits of these approaches, you need to bake them into the way your IT team works – using tools such as version control systems and pipelines to streamline and simplify your environment, reducing operational cost, improving security and future-proofing your IT systems.”

However, achieving future-proofing is often incumbent on third-party providers. So, how can enterprises ensure they work with partners who truly understand their industry and unique business needs? 


Achieve a Future-Proof Network Through Meaningful Collaboration

Opticore is committed to helping our clients optimise their networks and guiding them in their digital transformation, from strategy right through to implementation and support. Opticore will closely assess your business imperatives and collective goals; ensuring that the talent we provide you with are the most experienced specialists in their respective disciplines.

Opticore is vendor-agnostic. This means we’ll only recommend solutions that are right for your business. We’re only interested in delivering results, on budget and on time. Opticore can help you manage network services, provide you with the right engineering resources and integrate the technologies that best suit your requirements.

So, if you’d like to learn more about how our services can help you future proof your IT infrastructure, get in touch with us today.


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