Beyond SD-WAN: The Tidal Wave of New Devices
Jun 08, 2021
How do we get more users to the cloud? It’s a question that’s driven technology innovations for years, but solving it requires thinking about more than a single concept. Businesses aren’t just looking to shift their users to the cloud—they also need to accommodate more devices within their environments than ever before. This blend of people and things creates new challenges around delivering best-in-breed performance in the cloud across a widening array of devices while also maintaining rigorous security protocols at the edge without harming the user experience.
Changing Network Connectivity with Cloud Availability and User Experience
The arrival of SD-WAN helped to support cloud enablement and the proliferation of multi-cloud. However, technologies continue to advance and enterprises increasingly need to grow outside the sphere of SD-WAN’s capabilities. Public cloud is now a viable and attractive option for businesses, particularly as end users—and the end user experience—become central to the way organizations get things done.
Enabling companies to get to the cloud in a way that’s seamless, intuitive, and secure means connecting end users with the cloud assets they need to do their jobs without introducing unnecessary friction. That mission is more complex than ever, though, and assessing end users day-to-day workflows today means taking into consideration the flood of new device types that are hitting the market.
The rise of mobility and the staggering growth of IoT and other devices has made the issue of moving to the cloud less a question and more an imperative. But as the sheer volume of devices connecting through the network skyrockets, enterprises need a way to update their network management strategy. IT no longer must juggle a limited number of tightly controlled operating systems and software generations. Instead, they’re faced with corporate-owned devices, employees and customers own equipment, and a proliferation of IoT devices.
More Devices, More Complexity
Wireless technology is, of course, driving much of the device growth organizations are experiencing. But as users bring more devices into their everyday workflows, enterprises also need to make a growing body of IoT devices work within their cloud environments. Connected healthcare and smart buildings are just two sectors seeing a tremendous increase in IoT use. Looking across the operational spectrum, nearly every industry is facing a surge in the variety of IoT devices powering everyday activities.
That rapid growth of devices brings with it the challenge of management, and it’s a significant hurdle considering the numbers. Analysts estimate there will be 83 billion IoT connections by 2024. Scaling the existing management and control strategies—which have historically relied on manual processes carried out by humans—is simply impossible. For IT to be a true partner within the enterprise and to focus the right expertise on strategic-level issues, IT teams need a way to shed laborious, repetitive, and time-intensive tasks. It’s important that technology providers develop solutions that enable this transformation so customers can drive meaningful value back to their end users.
Moving Beyond SD-WAN in a Device-Centric World
The way to move more people, more devices, and more workloads to the cloud is to augment SD-WAN with targeted automation and integration. With the addition of AI, enterprises space can finally have access to monitoring and management solutions that are tech enabled, that integrate with customers and with public clouds, and that also integrate with edge. This blend of capabilities delivers the kind of next-level platform that can leverage all the different edge networking tools to give enterprise customers the observability they need as their cloud consumption and device footprints continue to grow.
Learn more about how QOS Networks is scaling beyond SD-WAN and encompassing the network as the gateway to the cloud.