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Why Business Needs Must Drive IT Choice

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April 30, 2015 2:15 PM

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

"The business should drive the network." It sounds simple, but how do you make it happen? Network engineers contend with legacy systems, vendor agendas, new technologies, and preconceived notions about what's hard to manage and what goes where. The result is engineers often end up going with the flow, rather than really thinking about network design and architecture in business terms. What does the business need now? How can the network accelerate the business over the next five years? What can you do to reduce costs and make the network more manageable, while really addressing the needs and requirements the business and the environment put on the table?

This session will discuss these questions in the context of a case study of a specific network, Greenland Telepost. While this network is unique, the case study provides a host of applicable lessons. We'll examine how to look at the problem set before selecting a solution, and how to put architecture first, then equipment and capabilities. We'll also explore how to develop a target architecture rather than a "right now" architecture, as well as other important ideas.

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