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Mobile device trends play big role in network development
Mobile device trends are affecting how enterprises design, deliver and manage their networks. More than ever, network managers must understand their options when it comes to creating a hybrid cloud infrastructure to deliver workloads among public and private clouds. Beyond that, as mobile device trends change how people connect to the network, network pros must become more than network engineers and start to understand factors such as data analytics and how that information ties into their department's roles.
The mobile devices themselves present a challenge, too. Smartphones, tablets and other devices are increasingly used for a wide range of communications, from calling to video conferencing. Unified communications vendors see a potential market for their UC apps, but until those products are as easy to use as the native apps on a mobile device, the market will build slowly.
Mobile device trends also are putting a strain on application performance management. As more mobile devices request access to servers, enterprises must consider best practices for integrating APM into network management, getting down to granular levels to identify which devices are connected and who is using them.
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As hybrid cloud use takes hold, enterprises need to create a multicloud architecture that integrates different cloud platforms to seamlessly route data from one to another.
The mobile UC market needs to offer products that make access to voice, text and video platforms simple, which means enterprises will rely on native device apps in the meantime.
Mist makes plans to diversify its innovative wireless analytics service, as the company grows its customer base to more than 200 users.
IT pros have to manage application performance across complex networks connecting more devices and locations, as mobility changes how granular performance needs to get.
Adobe created a multicloud strategy to connect to public clouds like AWS and Azure. One Adobe networking pro talks about how the new approach changed its definition of networking.
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As more services move to the cloud and become more mobile, if the network is invisible and performs well, IT pros are doing their jobs in users' eyes.