The digital economy is reshaping how private and public enterprises create and deliver value. This transformation creates significant challenges for many of today’s IT infrastructures. A primary reason is many were deployed as an extension of a classic centralized security stack. That centralized infrastructure wasn’t designed to possess the flexibility needed for the digital workplace:
- They’re not optimized for latency-sensitive workflows
- They’re not optimized for data-intensive workflows
- They don’t effectively solve for ubiquitous “work from anywhere”
- They don’t solve for zero trust security
- They don’t provide a high-quality experience
Let’s take a deeper dive into the typical IT infrastructure and what’s necessary for a digital workplace:
A TYPICAL IT INFRASTRUCTURE IS:
- Designed for temporary use – Increased usage results in compute-bound performance bottlenecks
- Designed as an extension of office work – Backhauls the user to centralized systems resulting in network-bound performance bottlenecks
- Characterized by inadequate quality of experience – Users unpredictability routed across internet, impacting the customer/employee experience
- Developed with an implementation of a centralized security model – Centralized security enforcement via backhaul doesn’t address vulnerability points or improve security posture.
A DIGITAL WORKPLACE INFRASTRUCTURE IS:
- Designed to be always-on – Capacity is hosted at points of presence and interconnected to clouds to create elasticity
- Designed for ubiquitous work – Traffic is consolidated at points of presence and interconnected to local services that are optimized for latency, throughput and ubiquity
- Characterized by a performant quality of experience – Users, things, networks, and capacity are integrated within proximity of centers of data exchange to optimize workflow and experience
- Developed with a zero trust security model – Security controls are hosted and interconnected at points of presence to enable policy enforcement at ingress/egress points
Evolving to an IT infrastructure that adapts to the trends and challenges of today’s digital economy requires a decentralized infrastructure. That modernized infrastructure removes data gravity barriers, accommodates distributed workflows, solves global coverage, integrates physical/virtual worlds and interconnects to digital ecosystems.
Our Digital Workplace Blueprint provides you with a layout for a purpose built architecture for the digital workplace. It’s designed for the ubiquitous, performant, always-on, and secure access to data and applications. Think of it as resolving four C’s:
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