Commuter traffic in the time of Hybrid IT
One of the things I dislike most about commuting is the traffic. Often I find myself in backups that have no discernible reason; they simply happen because of volume. With more and more people commuting into the city for work, the growing number of cars on the road is only going to continue slowing everyone down.
We see an analogous problem arising as a result of hybrid IT. Changing IT models are utilising the cloud in greater capacities, which means more application services are delivered from the cloud to end users than ever before. Many of these applications support enterprise mobility and collaboration, and these clog up network traffic because they’re bandwidth heavy. Traditional wide area networks (WANs) can therefore experience increased latency and response times.
Before this shift, cloud computing easily merged with business-owned infrastructure via WANs using only multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). But MPLS-network costs have now increased thanks to the higher volume of data between business-owned infrastructure and the cloud than over internal data centre networks. Using only traditional MPLS isn’t nearly as affordable as it used to be anymore. A new model for network management seems to be in order, but what exactly does that look like?
A hybrid WAN might be the answer. Hybrid WAN includes supplements and alternatives to traditional MPLS that can resolve cost issues. Implemented correctly, this new hybrid model, can provide the appropriate cost reduction organisations are looking for.
Much like building and implementing a new public transport system to ease traffic volumes in a large city, there’s a lot to consider. There’s no one clear solution to these volumes, but rather a combination of many. Ride-sharing is becoming more popular; alternate taxi systems like Uber are moving more people at a reduced cost; and upgraded railway and bus systems are getting commuters to where they need to go. These types of alternatives, implemented correctly, can help reduce a city’s traffic woes.
The same sort of approach works in IT. As this latest thinking article shows, the hybrid WAN model can keep network traffic running smooth, and keep us data commuters from ripping our hair out.