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The new business architecture

The new business architecture

SonicWALL country manager, Australia and New Zealand, Dean Redman, talks about making the most of business 2.0.

The rules of business are changing at a rapid speed. We see many companies already embracing, or at least looking to include business 2.0: The use of the web as a collaborative platform using social networking tools to better engage with customer stakeholders and meet business challenges.

Organisation that are not considering 2.0 technologies arguably risk losing their competitive advantage. For many, the benefits seem clear. Standouts include increased dialogue with customers and those able to influence a purchase decision, improved internal communication, best practice sharing and even new sales channels. Change, however, also brings potential negative impacts.

To ensure the corporate network and IP is secure and free of vulnerabilities the network architecture needs to be dynamic, scalable and agile.

At the heart of the 2.0 revolution lies a surge in user-generated content (UGC), sharing of such information and streaming bandwidth hungry media. With this and associated activities comes an ever increasing level of complexity and security risk to the network. Network administrators are forced to face challenges including bandwidth management, reliable network provision and of course security concerns. And more often than not, with significantly reduced budgets.

The management, availability and security of this information are paramount to the successful day-to-day running of any business and its long-term achievement. But security management can only be as good as the infrastructure of the network that carries it.

With budgets under greater pressure than ever, IT managers are seeing themselves having to stretch resources further with the spiralling number of devices, in particular mobile devices, connected to the corporate network. Research confirms that most executives use as many as four different devices daily, and often more, to access business information. The strain on the network is immediately apparent when you consider the resources needed when this figure is multiplied by 500 employees. To ensure the corporate network and IP is secure and free of vulnerabilities the network architecture needs to be dynamic, scalable and agile.

Next: Optimising your business through the network

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