Networking

Choosing the right network to meet IT demands

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Executive Summary

Technology is changing the face of business. New applications and usage models threaten to overwhelm IT, including: - Video - Cloud and virtualisation - IT support for mobile consumer devices, or BYOD Business and technology decision makers are challenged to balance IT resources, business requirements, and user desires. IT is mandated to deliver end-user solutions that increase agility and improve employee productivity without driving up costs. But it is increasingly hard for IT to say "yes" to their users and stakeholders without sacrificing security or ease of operations. How can IT say "yes" without diminishing security or increasing labour costs? The answer lies in a network architecture that drives efficiency through intelligence and automation. The network must evolve to intelligently support a new wave of business objectives and user demands, and this Cisco white paper analyses the true total cost of ownership (TCO) of the network.

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