3 Steps to Virtualise Your Enterprise Architecture

Is your enterprise ready for digital transformation? How do you ensure that your organisation is prepared for the latest technology adoptions and evolutionary changes?

Virtualisation is the answer to network agility and performance. Here is how to start and virtualise your enterprise network architecture, one step at a time.

1.Define Your Enterprise Architecture

Firstly, keep in in that digital transformation is an ongoing rather than a one-time development. As with any project development, start planning your virtualisation transformation by correctly documenting the enterprise architecture.

There are several things you can do to define your enterprise architecture, from identifying the technologies that need to be implemented to analysing the impact of these technologies on the overall business systems. Strategise ways to improve and streamline operations.

The same principles apply in defining and building your network infrastructure. Map out your strategy, and decide on the most suitable network configuration for your requirements – on-premises, cloud – private, public or hybrid. Consider a scalable and agile solution.

Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility, and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Workloads get deployed faster, performance and availability increases and operations become automated, resulting in IT that’s simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate.

2. Streamline Your Network Architecture

The next step in virtualising your network architecture is to improve its efficiency cost-effectiveness by reducing any unwanted logistics and removing duplication, repetition or unnecessary variation in processes, platforms and roles.

The digital enterprise focuses on automated processes as a standard requirement to reduce or eliminate time-consuming manual processes and network inefficiencies. Analyse your current network model and determine how to maximise performance and results with fewer resources and expenses.

Some factors to consider for your network optimisation include system latency, redundancy, agility, server processing speed, and the network management approach. Move to a software-defined data centre that focuses on application technology.

3. Virtualise, Virtualise, Virtualise

Virtualisation means to create a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments.

Virtualisation introduces an abstraction layer that standardises access to its functionality, irrespective of the application technology. At an enterprise level, you can virtualise your data management, network infrastructure, entire processes and business flows.

Virtualisation can include, for example, desktop virtualisation, server virtualisation, storage virtualisation, and application virtualisation. Opt for a Software Defined Network (SDN), an approach that facilitates network management through APIs. Remember to virtualise your network system gradually to address its increasing complexity ensure scalability, and better facilitate high-performance cloud services (SaaS).

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