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The Distributed Enterprise: Agile Networking for the Digital Era

This paper details how outsourcing strategic capabilities to a service provider that can provide a future-proof roadmap will allow companies to save on both personnel and capex expenditures while leveraging the expertise and industry partnerships of that service provider. By IDC sponsored by Frontier Business

Companies today face a rapidly evolving and dynamic business environment shaped by digital transformation, the adoption of cloud applications, and the exponential growth of bandwidth requirements.

This demands a highly flexible and agile environment that offers robust, secure, and reliable network access for both onsite and remote employees and business partners.

Businesses need a reliable networking partner that can provide the optimal bundle of network services, including fiber and broadband capabilities, collaboration, and managed services, to meet the evolving requirements of the digital enterprise.

This paper examines the requirements for distributed enterprise networking and the criteria for selecting the optimal service provider.

It also looks at the role of Frontier Business in the strategically important market of distributed networks.

The migration to cloud-based applications and services is driving a fundamental shift in the deployment of the modern WAN.

This fundamental shift also means that enterprises will require secure, high-bandwidth and reliable access to information stored on private and offsite environments.

Every year, businesses shift more content and applications to centralized data centers.

In addition, the workforce is leveraging more sophisticated devices while the number of connected devices continues to grow exponentially.

This has stimulated an exponential growth in networking traffic.

The management of vast amounts of information about products and customer requirements will continue to be a major challenge for IT infrastructure managers.

The distributed enterprise requires a networking partner that can facilitate a long-term roadmap to enable a smooth transition to managing a complex and secure WAN.

The most important WAN networking trends for the modern digital company include the following:

  • High-speed capability
  • Virtual private networks
  • Enterprise adoption of hybrid network-based IP VPN services
  • Unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) platforms

Many companies today are considering and/or are in the process of transitioning from capital-intensive platforms to environments where minimal equipment is located on-premises.

Therefore, the capital required to implement a UC solution is significantly reduced.

At the same time, the trend toward "as a service" offerings, coupled with the growing need among organizations to more tightly integrate cloud-based solutions and applications with UC&C capabilities, is transforming how these services are deployed by customers.

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