CISCO report on global trends in networks for 2021. Operations.Maria Cruz Alcocer
CISCO report on global trends in networks for 2021. Operations.
Business Resilience Special Edition: Check out the five trends driving agility and resilience in times of change. The report has been broken down into three blogs, in this last blog we will address the trends on operations, # 4 and # 5, operations. Trends:
- Workforce – Extending security to a remote workforce.
- Workplace: allow safe return to local workspaces.
- Workload: facilitate multicloud for greater resilience.
- Operations – Automation of operations for faster recovery.
- Operations: Leveraging AI-powered network analytics for smarter insights.
Trend # 4: Operations – Automation of operations for faster recovery
The explosion in the number of dispersed remote workers is not the only thing putting extraordinary pressure on today’s NetOps teams. (The figure of NetOps focuses on the tasks of automating operations and adopting best practices for collaborative workflows).
The pandemic has also caused unprecedented levels of sharp fluctuations in the number of customers, application traffic patterns and new use cases such as e-learning, video conferencing, virtual events, remote attention, process automation and other services that depend on the net.
Therefore, it is not surprising that today, half of network professionals recognize network automation as a critical requirement to ensure continuous service and performance during an outage.
Network Considerations – NetOps teams can achieve continuous improvement and respond quickly to increasing disruptions and threats by taking a step-by-step approach:
- Automate repetitive administrative tasks such as network provisioning, configuration, and image management to reduce administrative burden and improve compliance for each domain.
- Automate network access, onboarding and segmentation to protect distributed user groups and things and mitigate the spread of cybersecurity attacks.
- Automate network policy within the enterprise data center with application-centric segmentation that protects applications and data and tracks workload.
- Automate policy beyond the data center to the cloud with a cloud operating model that delivers consistent enforcement policy across hybrid and on-premises cloud environments.
- Automate end-to-end cross-domain policy-based segmentation to establish a consistent, end-to-end zero-trust access model from users and things to workloads.
Trend No. # 5: Operations: Leveraging AI-Powered Network Analytics for Smarter Insights
Managing the complexity and scale of modern networks and the resulting deluge of events and problems bombarding multiple disparate monitoring platforms can be overwhelming and ineffective, especially when an outage occurs.
“4400 – Average number of wireless related events per month on a business network. * ”Source: Cisco Telemetry: Cisco DNA Center, 2020 * Based on more than 600 business networks.
Events include join times / failures, radio performance, and DHCP response times / failures. These event numbers have already been reduced using dynamic AI-enabled baselines.
Clearly, NetOps teams need the help of advanced analytics to make smart and timely remediation decisions. Using machine learning techniques and network analysis enabled by artificial intelligence, the NetOps teams are achieving a much more manageable set of problems that they can act on.
“Globally, Cisco AI Network Analytics, an application within the Cisco DNA Center, resolves 2.6 million monthly” events “into 15,080 actionable” problems, “a reduction of 99.4%. * ”Source: Cisco Telemetry: Cisco DNA Center, 2020 * Based on more than 700 enterprise networks worldwide.
This reduction allows teams to focus all their efforts on the things that really matter and that have the potential to negatively impact the business.
And this problem is no longer limited to the business network. Now that most network transactions emanate or terminate outside of the traditional business network, NetOps teams also need visibility and analysis of the public networks to which they are connected. This is especially important during periods of unusual stress, such as the recent pandemic.
Network Considerations: To understand a tsunami event, NetOps teams must adopt AI-enabled network analysis and assurance systems to achieve:
- More accurate detection – Improve the accuracy of automated problem and anomaly detection within and between network domains.
- Faster solution: correlate events to clearly detect and describe the most likely root cause of problems and anomalies.
- Automated Policy Management – Identify devices, applications, and trends and provide recommended policy updates.
- Fewer degradations – Identify patterns and trends and provide contextual information that accelerates proactive, corrective, and preventive action.
- Peer Intelligence – Provide intelligence and analytics to help network administrators compare their network performance against global, industry, or regional benchmarks.
Conclusion: improve business resilience with an advanced network platform
Disruptive events will continue to challenge us and our networks throughout our careers. It’s time to rethink how your network strategy enables your business resilience strategy; prioritize new network capabilities to stay ahead of the next big thing.
The automation and AI-enabled information offered by intent-based networks provide a powerful platform to help you adapt to any circumstance. They offer the agility, security, intelligence and speed needed to support resilience to:
- Workforce – Provide workers with secure business-class performance and access to their applications while working from home, the office, and anywhere in between
- Workplace – Allow employees to safely return to the office with Wi-Fi-enabled monitoring, alerts, and information
- Workload – Facilitate multicloud resiliency models and protect data and applications wherever workloads reside in public clouds and on-premises data centers.
- Operations: Automate end-to-end network policy and segmentation and simplify administrative tasks while improving visibility, reducing alerts, and enabling faster remediation.
In this next normalcy, it’s about having a network that can adapt to support what the future holds. As you think about your business resilience strategy, consider how your network can be a key enabler of that strategy.