By Jon Bove, Vice President of Americas Channels, Fortinet
Digital transformation is on the agendas of businesses everywhere, including your customers. But as they progress along their digitization journeys and the scope of change continues to expand, their digital ecosystem becomes increasingly complex.
This poses challenges that many business leaders may not have foreseen when first embarking on the road to modernization. For remote offices and retail locations, transformation complexities range from deploying, managing and securing new hardware and provisioning new Internet of Things devices to bandwidth management and optimization across their wide area network (WAN), especially for new web applications and latency-sensitive services.
Business needs have changed dramatically over the last five years. IT leaders are facing intense pressure as a result of the vast changes taking place under their feet – from the exploding adoption of software as a service (SaaS) and multicloud environments, to the need to create complex connectivity and interoperability across and between all WAN edge locations, and the necessity for in-depth security measures that can span, scale, and adapt to these dramatic and continuous changes.
Distributed organizations feel the heat even more intensely. For them, especially as their remote workforce expands, cloud-based applications are now considered business-critical. New top-level strategic initiatives increasingly call for more collaboration, transparency, visibility and customer engagement through digital networks.
However, even as IT leaders face pressure from above to support these business goals, their plates are already full as they work to implement and secure the massive shift of what networking even looks like in today’s marketplace given the impact of digital transformation. With all of this play, the job of effective WAN management is something that’s increasingly out of reach.
Their problem: the tools your customers have previously relied upon for the operation and management of their WAN connections are no longer sufficient. As they grow and modernize, they’re finding that their traditional WAN infrastructures are failing in several different ways:
With these challenges becoming commonplace across your customers’ networks, many are …