How IT Pros Can Get ‘More’ From Their Cloud Networks

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 25, 2014

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In today’s always-on, interconnected world, nothing is more mission-critical than the way in which IT pros manage their company’s network. Through cloud managed networking, many are finding an ability to build and manage private networks from the cloud, giving them the flexibility they need to quickly meet changing business demands, yet remain in complete control of the business’ IT assets.

However, even as cloud computing opens new doors for CIOs to deliver mission-critical IT services, many are still clear which business model will work best for their business: Public, Private or Hybrid. How can IT managers add more flexibility to their cloud infrastructure?

According to Managed Services Provider Converged Technology Group, a cloud managed network delivers four key points of flexibility unavailable through more traditional means of network management, as well as a less complex, lower cost network management strategy.

“Cloud managed networking is about infrastructure management options, and that includes the option  to choose whether that network management is located on premise, in the cloud, or both, and whether it’s a capital expense or an operational one,” says Scott Nitti, Director of Technology Solutions for Converged Technology Group.

Combining cloud-based networking with the right managed services enables effective operational support for IT spanning private, public, and hybrid cloud-based infrastructures.

“Customers have choices today that they didn’t have before,” Nitti says.  “Now they can choose to build and manage their infrastructure on premise or they can choose to move away from that capital expense and locate their network management function in the cloud. In either case, they can choose to outsource the management. This gives clients the ability to move forward with their plans now rather than being constrained by a lack of options for implementation, and it means they can make use of existing technology, building on what they have today to go where they’re headed tomorrow.”

Four Points of Flexibility Cloud managed networking allows IT pros to manage their wireless, switching, security and mobile devices through the Internet, saving time, money, and giving them access to their entire network from a single pane of glass. Converged Technology Group has identified four points of flexibility available with a cloud managed network that may resolve some of IT pros’ most pressing pain points.

Wireless: Cloud managed networking can significantly improve deployment times, reduce administrative complexity, and provide richer visibility into wireless networking performance, and it can eliminate the need for controller hardware.

Security: IT managers have access to security and application control for their networks via the Internet, giving them a centrally managed cloud dashboard and a single-pane-of-glass view into their network infrastructure, allowing for WAN optimization for performance enhancements, VPN auto provisioning, a firewall that is application-aware, and branch routing for multi-site cloud management across distributed locations.

Access Switches: It is now possible for IT pros to manage switches from a central location and gain visibility and control across any number of distributed locations through a cloud-based management platform.

Mobile Device Management: IT pros grappling with mobility issues can centrally manage mobile devices via the cloud, remotely deploy applications to their employees’ mobile devices, and enforce the company’s own policies and security restrictions from a single dashboard location.