The Make or Break Role of SDN: according to recent research by McKinsey & Co., “The majority of [market or industry] incumbents do not respond” adequately to digital threats “and ultimately fail.” Here in Part Two, we summarize McKinsey’s tips for attaining digital success – and explain the make-or-break role Software Defined Networks (SDN) play in transforming your entire business model with digital technology.
Digital strategy is the most important game – a survival game, really – of every business’s life right now. And it’s playing out at breakneck speed in every single industry. Yet, shockingly, most companies are losing that game. According to a recent McKinsey study, only eight per cent of companies believe their existing business model will still be economically viable if their industry keeps digitizing at its current rate. That means 92 per cent fear their business isn’t going digital fast enough – and could fail as a result.
In spite of deploying multiple tools that claim to prevent unplanned outages they still happen in your IT shop – right? The challenge is to determine the root cause of the incident, but this can be elusive due to the phenomenon known as Shadow IT. The shadows in your network are where you lack visibility and control. The number of hardware appliances, connected devices and applications on the network are increasing for most of us, and so are the number of blind spots.
In the wake of the wake of Cisco’s recent $610 million acquisition of SD-WAN start-up Viptela, thousands of existing Cisco ISR router customers face a difficult choice on where to go from here. The addition of Viptela alongside Meraki and iWAN brings the total number of Cisco SD-WAN offerings to three. This sends a clear message that the time for SD-WAN adoption has arrived, what’s less clear is whether any of Cisco’s offering can fulfill the true promise of SD-WAN.