A New Paradigm for the Enterprise Network

Enterprise networks have been dramatically reshaped over the past decade. The rise and mainstream adoption of cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) have fundamentally shifted enterprise networks from being focused around the enterprise datacenter to being decentralized. As enterprises continue to rely on cloud-based platforms for mission-critical workloads, they’re increasingly embracing multiple cloud platforms at the same time, furthering operational complexity.

Meanwhile, in the past two years, decentralization of the enterprise network has intensified.Workers are more distributed than ever, and a hybrid workplace isthe new normal for many organizations. Rather than being primarily located at corporate facilities, devices and things accessing decentralized applications have become more distributed,too.

Decentralization on both ends of the network —the users and devices as well as the applications they’re accessing — not only creates complexity but also, more importantly, leadsto a loss of visibility and control. This paper explores new techniques for managing core components of network services in this new paradigm for the enterprise network. It showcases how integrated management of DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI)from a cloud-based platformcan increase reliability and consistency and ensure security as well as user and application experiences.

Enterprise Networking Goals

Even as the world has become more distributed and decentralized, the pressure on enterprises to continue to advance remains. In fact, organizational agility is more critical than ever for enterprises to keep up with customer demands and market conditions. But as enterprises look to move faster and embrace digital operations, they cannot afford to lose control and visibility.

The enterprise network is a critical enabling technology for supporting an agile organization. Enterprise networks provide secure and reliable connectivity both within the organization and to all external points.More broadly, the enterprise network is foundational for supporting top enterprise digitaltransformation(DX) goals. Some of these DX goals are as follows:

  • Focus on customer satisfaction and end-user experiences
  • Enable employee productivity, no matter where they work from
  • Improve operational efficiency by increasing agility and responding faster to business demands
  • Leverage innovative technology, including cloud-based resources
  • Ensure pervasive security of digital assets
  • Maintain robust and stringent management and security across all digital assets

The overarching trend is that organizations are looking to modernize toward digital products/services selling models. According to a recent IDC survey, organizations estimated that digital product/service selling models are driving 32% of their revenue today and will drive 42% of their revenue in two years.Digital services require that organizations have access to advanced technology that underpins digital services and operations.

The enterprise network is a foundational technology that facilitates the secure, scalable, and efficient use of cloud, edge, and IoT applications. Enterprise networks are how users, devices, and things in remote locations, branch offices, and datacenters connect to a wide range of internal and externally hosted applications. Core network services, and specifically DDI, are an underpinning of digital operations. IntegratedDNS, DHCP, and IPAM managementthat is scalable and automated ensuresthe security and reliability of network connections. Integrated DDI management becomes a necessity as organizations compete in a decentralized world.

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Modernizing Core Network Services to Support Cloud-First Networking

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