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Three Forcing Functions That Will Extend Your Data Center's Network Services Beyond Its Walls

Combining Network LAN, WAN, And Layer 4 To Layer 7 Services Into A Horizontally And Vertically Integrated Business Platform

June 9, 2014

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Five years after introducing network fabrics, the networking industry has hit the reset button. Vendors haven't come any closer to helping customers build networks that can instantly mesh users, data, and applications — a critical capability in a world moving toward mobility and cloud. As a result, the industry has turned its attention to software-defined networking (SDN) as the key ingredient of an infrastructure that is standardized, automated, self-service, and multitenant. But simply deploying an SDN solution to help create a private cloud within a data center should not be the goal; businesses must be able to create a private cloud that extends to all data centers, seamlessly incorporates cloud services, and connects users with the best business tools. This report profiles three forcing functions that will help infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders meet these imperatives and shape a next-generation network that supports the innovation that businesses need.

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Table of Contents

  • Networking Teams Have A History Of Solving Discrete Issues
  • Data Center Networks Are No Longer Discrete Systems
  • 1. Creating A Seamless Private Cloud Across Multiple Data Centers
  • 2. Integrating Cloud As Part Of The Enterprise Resource Set
  • 3. Connecting Empowered Employees To The Extended Enterprise
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Seven Tips To Interweave Users And Hybrid Cloud Services
  • Supplemental Material
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