By now, most companies understand the concept of Digital Transformation. In fact, IDC predicts 75 percent of large enterprises will adopt “information-based” strategies by 2018. Powering real business change, it stresses the critical nature of technology across all aspects of the business and is introducing new pressures on enterprise IT networking. Competitive advantage today depends on effectively leveraging the new infrastructure and the massive amount of data flowing across it. But digital transformation isn’t a single point in time – it’s a journey.

According to a recent IDC Analyst Connection titled, Hybrid IT Networking: Next Step to Digital Transformation (June 2016), organizations must begin leveraging the power of hybrid IT networking to facilitate a more powerful, automated, and flexible IT infrastructure.  A dynamic enterprise network is necessary to support the increased bandwidth demands and automation requirements of hybrid IT. Network enhancements may include upgrading legacy point-to-point SONET-based circuits to advanced Ethernet, MPLS VPNs and wavelength networks. These high-throughput, lower cost alternatives are better suited to handle the new dynamics of digital initiatives. Enabling automated network provisioning is best accomplished by adopting software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) in the datacenter and across your WAN.

Leveraging SD-WAN via service providers, organizations use software to automate the ongoing configuration of edge routers and push traffic over private, wireless and broadband network access. It better supports bandwidth-intensive applications and workloads while matching network services to user and application requirements. Similarly, the SDN/NFV approach to virtual networking allows businesses to work leaner and save significantly on CAPEX. Both more effectively support mandatory changes required by the digital transformation.

Today’s IT infrastructure requires change to be more flexible and agile. Deploying Hybrid IT in conjunction with hybrid networking is the key to making this happen. Trusted partners like CenturyLink allow businesses to cut through the clutter and engineer strategies that work – now and in the future. Read the full Analyst Connection from IDC on Hybrid IT Networking to understand their recommendations for implementing hybrid IT services.  Connect CenturyLink get you started on this important journey!

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