What Is The Future Of Enterprise Internet?
Given the rate in which technology evolves and, and given that the next wave of infrastructure revolution is upon us with 5G, it’s useful to know the direction that enterprise Internet will be heading, particularly considering that these trends will be unavoidable for all enterprises – the Internet has become so fundamental to the way that we work that there’s no turning back now.
One trend that is already well on its way is the proliferation of devices, often called the “Internet of Things,” otherwise referred to as IoT. For example, sensors are being placed in boxes to help with logistics, in cars to help with safety and efficiency, in “smart cities” to help everything from controlling water flows to making sure the red lights facilitate maximum traffic flow, and every individual person is carrying around so much more technology with them. Studies predict that there will be 41 billion IoT devices by 2027, and by 2023 companies will invest up to $1.1 trillion in IoT.
There are benefits to this – the more moving parts within an organisation that are connected to the Internet, the more efficient and productive the organisation will be. However, the IoT will also force a re-think on how organisations consume the Internet – firstly, enterprises will need to structure their networks to handle a lot more devices connected simultaneously, and secondly, there will need to be a re-think about how security is handled, because currently the IoT is notoriously insecure .
Working from home in a post-COVID-19 world
Enterprises will also need to grapple with the reality of staff working from home, which is in itself a logistical and security challenge. COVID-19 has forced organisations to enable employees to work from home, but that’s not going to be a temporary transition. Leading analyst firm, Gartner, has found that 41% of employees will continue to work from home post-pandemic – nearly half!
This is going to change how enterprises do work. Collaboration solutions will be essential to allow employees to continue to operate within a team environment, and enterprises will need to consider private IP networking in order to maintain security while allowing remote workers to access the company network and infrastructure. Organisations will also want to decentralise their telephony systems.
Currently, many enterprises run an on-premises PBX, which is only functional for the phones within the office. With a transition to business nbnTM services, however, those enterprises can do away with the on-premises PBX and instead provide, via a hosted PBX, give their employees the same office phone functionality while working from their home office.
Security and private networks
While maintaining private networks and the security of critical data will continue to be paramount, enterprises are also opening to the value of the public cloud, and specifically services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The draw of these public clouds has to do with digital transformation. Over the last couple of years, digital transformation has been a hot button topic for enterprises, as they look to migrate away from their old systems to more modern, digital-first, data-driven systems. In doing so enterprises are better prepared to work quickly (agile business), and leverage data for competitive advantage. AWS, Azure, and others are a part of that, as these services allow organisations to very rapidly develop and deploy applications that provide everything from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation, right through to assisting with product development.
Security is a significant priority for these public cloud solutions, and the benefits outweigh any risks for enterprises that have structured their networks well. The challenge that enterprises face is that this puts their entire business continuity in the hands of cloud services, and if there’s an outage of any kind, the costs can be astronomical – the business will be effectively unable to operate on any level for the duration of the outage. Research had found that a business-critical outage costs just shy of $150,000 per hour to an organisation.
And this is why enterprises need to be sure of the ISP that they partner with. Both 5G and 1Gbps Internet technologies are rolling out across Australia, and those will provide organisations with the enterprise Internet speeds that they need to operate with clouds. However, the real number that enterprises will want to know is the guaranteed uptime written into the service level agreement (SLA), and the kind of service levels that the ISP provides. Organisations of the future are not going to want more than a few minutes of outage at any point in the modern 24-hour business cycle.
Are you ready for the demands of enterprise-level internet?
The future of enterprise Internet is, simply put, that the demands on the Internet are going to be so much greater than ever before. Organisations will be operating more complex work environments, with more devices connected to the Internet, and much more data flowing into and out of the organisation than ever before. This is going to make the choice of ISP eveFunavn more critical to the health, growth potential, and even survival of any organisation.
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