The network is again in transition, and, for successful enterprises, it is imperative to keep up. What was once a Layer 3 communications pipe has become the foundational platform for all business applications, collaboration and remote/mobile connectivity. Today, that platform must adapt again to expand into a sophisticated delivery system that responds to and controls the applications and multimedia traffic it serves. The transition to the secure, resilient, application-aware, global network is requiring new technology and new equipment, as well as new skills for networking professionals.
Network architects and managers must act now to re-evaluate and regain control of their networks and prepare for the onslaught of usage as video and other applications escalate. Technologies like application acceleration, WAN optimization and the many aspects of network security will be crucial for moving forward. This e-book explores the challenges, best practices and essential technologies for responding to the shortcomings of today's network, as well as future-proofing the network for tomorrow's business challenges.