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Network management will be largely automated by 2025, report shows
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

According to a recent survey, 81 percent of IT professionals believe that the majority of data center and network management tasks performed today will be automated by 2025, driven in large part by the rise of cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

What’s more, 66 percent of those polled think the on-premises data center will become a relic of the past within the next five years. The main driver behind this phenomenon? Network performance, according to a supplementary study, which ranked this as the top reason organizations are shifting workloads to colocation facilities, if not entirely to the cloud.

“For the most basic of tasks, technology advancements like AI, machine learning, workflow management and others are quickly rising to a place of ‘hands off’ for those currently managing these tasks,” said TJ Waldorf, CMO and head of inside sales and customer success at INAP, the company that conducted this research.

At the center of this all is data, which enterprises are collecting in larger quantities than ever before to help fuel their AI and machine learning initiatives. While both kinds of technologies consume large quantities of data on a rolling basis to perform and evolve, they have the potential to slow down network performance when on-premise storage gets exhausted.

A multicloud strategy is one approach that the report found is bound to continue becoming the norm across the enterprise, as 79 percent of respondents anticipate their business will be multicloud by 2025.

But one question posed in the report is whether or not businesses are adopting a coherent and cohesive multicloud strategy that will ultimately be successful in the long run. While it’s easy to deploy in multiple environments, teams need to adapt their network monitoring and management strategies accordingly and retire insufficient legacy solutions.

This ability to adapt is critical to enterprise IT teams as they transform their networks to meet the always-on, speedy user experience expectations of their workforce. When IT doesn’t have an efficient method to get visibility into performance at remote networks, issue resolution becomes a guessing game and teams waste time chasing problems that may be legitimate, but might also just be perceived. This is also often coupled with eroding confidence in IT’s abilities as issues become chronic.

Instead, teams need a single, comprehensive solution that can proactively isolate end-user impacting issues and identify whether the fault falls on the app or the user, for starters. To do so, the solution must be able to deliver performance insight into internet connections and cloud services to ensure the deluge of cloud and SaaS apps being deployed aren’t happening in the shadows, allowing teams to plan for network support where it means the most to business.

This kind of visibility will help allow IT resolve – or at least identify – issues faster, helping establish themselves as a strategic arm to the business.

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Tags: hybrid cloud, multicloud, on premises, data center, cloud migration, cloud adoption, cloud, cloud computing, cloud transformation, digital transformation, enterprise wan, enterprise, enterprise IT, network performance, network monitoring, cloud computing, network performance monitoring

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