Gartner CIO Report - Networking Critical Strategic Infrastructure Resource

Analyst(s): Dennis Smith, Dale Kutnick,
Published: 14 July 2017 ID: G00334596

Make Networking a Critical Strategic Infrastructure Resource for Enabling Digital Business

CIOs today require data center network agility, increased availability, and improved ROI to achieve their digital business initiatives. Recent CIO research released shows that the criticality of the network will increase dramatically during the next five years as more enterprises accelerate their digital journey. Allocating strategic investments to bring agility and automation to a much outdated and brittle network will be key to the success of any digital transformation.

"By 2022, the percentage of enterprises that deem networking core to their digital initiative success will increase to over 75%, compared to less than 25% in 2017."

— Gartner

Key Challenges:

  • Digital business initiatives will struggle unless CIOs and business leaders change the way they think about networking.
  • Networking has traditionally been managed as a cost center that must be tightly controlled as part of "IT costs." This has caused the incorrect branding of networking as a "back of ce" function that primarily serves a "utility role" in enterprises' digital initiatives.
  • A culture of avoiding risk has prevented enterprise networking teams from keeping pace with business requirements, and has additionally promoted a culture that discourages risks and change — a constant in digitalization. 

Read the full report to learn Gartner's recommendations for CIOs focused on digital business.

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AOS automatically prevents and repairs network outages for dramatically improved infrastructure uptime. It operates a network as one system massively improving infrastructure agility while reducing operational expenses. AOS’ distributed data store is a repository of all intent, configuration, and telemetry state, hence acts as a single source of truth for your network. It’s self-documenting nature streamlines compliance tasks. AOS is-device agnostic and works across all major vendors as well as open alternatives.

About Apstra

Apstra has developed a vendor-agnostic distributed operating system that enables you to design, build and operate a Self-Operating Network™ for the data center. The Apstra operating system delivers a complete intent-based networking system that delivers operational simplicity, control, visibility with closed-loop telemetry. Apstra’s offering is generally available today and the company has customers in the US and abroad.

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