Juniper White Paper - A Single Network OS: Maximizing Operational Efficiency And Flexibility
Why Cutting Costs And Supporting New Applications Require A Single Network Operating System
The network is at the heart of many IT transformation projects. Itís the connective tissue thatís involved in all of IT, whether itís delivering new applications, enabling service to an increasingly distributed user population, or consolidating infrastructure to improve efficiency. In fact, the current
economic environment has savvy IT executives refocusing on the network to achieve efficiency, responsiveness and profiltability.
But thereís a problem. Most organisations are not maximizing the operational efficiency of their network. Some organisations are consolidating assets and moving to higher-performance infrastructure, but thatís not enough. The enterprise can either choose to figure out the root cause of a problem and address it, or sit on the sidelines and continue to suffer through the network as an operational bottleneck.
In this commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of
Juniper Networks, Inc, Forrester Consulting recommends architecting the network as a strategic platform. Invest not only in your network hardware and software, but also focus on the critical nature of the network operating system (OS) in particular. The network OS refers to the software that runs your core (data center) and edge (aggregation, access, and wiring closet) routers and switches. The network OS is responsible for driving the operational efficiency and ensuring that your network is aligned with business and IT objectives. To do so, Forrester recommends three steps:
- Build your business case on more than just capex
- Standardize your network ó but focus on the number of versions of network OSes
- Go beyond just the network - Collapse data center tiers; Push virtualization further into servers, storage, and desktops; and Deploy new applications and services without rewiring the enterprise
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