Building the networks of the future starting today

Building the networks of the future starting today

Darwing Tobar, Category Manager for Campus and Data Center Switching at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company for Latin America, emphasizes the importance of proactively addressing the future requirements for communication and connectivity within organizations. He stresses that it is crucial to start anticipating these demands from today onward.

As organizations delve deeper into their Digital Transformation to optimize their operations and make their interactions and collaboration more efficient to compete adequately in today’s complex business environment, in many cases a technological gap is evident that indicates that the infrastructure is not prepared to face short, medium and long-term challenges.

This is synonymous with the fact that many of the expectations of the infrastructure users or end-customers cannot be satisfied: agility, simplicity and service are expectations that are put at risk due to these gaps.

Just at the Edge, the Internet of Things (IoT) and workforce mobility are driving an exponential increase in the number of devices that connect to corporate networks. Data is consequently also growing and diversifying: it is estimated that each day the immense amount of 2.5 exabytes of data is produced, including videos, posts, emails, sensor information and a myriad of other types, coming from the enormous range of existing devices, circulating between clouds, data centers and at the Edge.

Flexibility in networks

According to Gartner, IT infrastructures are evolving from those based on an on-premises location to one that is flexible enough to respond as quickly as possible to changes. The goal is to create the ‘infrastructure that is everywhere’: in the data center, in the cloud, at the Edge, or in some combination of these.

The problem is that, as we migrate to new infrastructures, much of the process is not being done in the best way. It can happen that Edge Computing and siloed storage are being connected through disconnected network architectures, with operational models that make centralized management, orchestration, security and visibility difficult. There is no doubt that networks need to be redesigned and reinvented, and 2023 will be the year for this to take place.

Now, the focus should be on cloud-enabled and data-driven edge, with the intention of providing a cloud experience for any type of environment, with simplicity, speed and security embedded in flexible consumption models. In Aruba, we believe that organizations need to implement solutions that enable the new generation of ‘Edge-to-Cloud’ data centers.
Aruba’s offering

Built on native cloud principles, the Aruba CX switch portfolio provides IT with the flexibility to implement a single switch operating system from edge access to the data center. This way, it is possible to support intuitive management tools, intelligent automation, analytics, telemetry and distributed security, which are crucial pillars for providing the best experience to IT administrators and therefore to users.

This 2023, innovation, progress and disruptive thinking will continue to drive the evolution of inherited and outdated operating and implementation models due to the way business is conducted today, towards new edge-to-cloud architectures, where interconnected data centers will drive next-generation applications and help optimize business outcomes.

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