44 trillion gigabytes – in numbers: 44,000,000,000,000 gigabytes. According to the "EMC Digital Universe" study global data volume will grow to this enormous number by 2020. That is ten times as much as 2014. And in Germany, the digital deluge will increase to 1,100 billion gigabytes during the same period. According to the study, the Internet of Things and the related spread of radio technology, smarter products and software-based business models will all contribute to this increase. Companies that aspire to master this digital transformation need a competent partner who has the necessary network expertise and a reliable infrastructure.
Performance and network quality
What impact will these rapidly increasing data volumes have, for example, on networks? If users do not care much about the speed or stability of their applications, then performance – and thus the quality of data transmission – plays a subordinate role. At many companies, however, performance is the primary criterion for data throughput – especially in real-time communications by M2M (machine-to-machine) applications, telephony and video conferencing.
The successful digitization of a business is virtually impossible without re-engineering Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN). Companies that abandon the state of the art and prefer savings to quality will also sacrifice cost effectiveness. Against this backdrop, several business-related questions must be asked about the network: How will the IT organization provide applications in the required quality worldwide? How will it provide optimal support to employees in their everyday work? Does the price-performance ratio of the network infrastructure work out in the end?
Security and compliance
In addition, outdated networks are susceptible to cyber attacks. The rapid increase in professional hacker attacks can only be defended against through modern engineering. After all, the IDC estimates that 40 percent of all data is sensitive enough to require protection. At the same time, companies currently only secure 20 percent of their data – just half of what is needed. Additional encryption and authentication processes can increase the inherently high security level of MPLS networks even further – that's network security by design.
Frank Westermann, VP Marketing TC Division:
Network service integrators make sure that cloud-based applications can be used on any device – transparent and secure.
The right technology
But why bet on just one technology when the benefits of several can be combined? Hybrid network platforms join the strengths of MPLS – secure, efficient, high-performance – with the simple, universal Internet VPN. The parallel operation of IPv4 and IPv6 guarantees full operational connectivity. VoIP/WAN integration makes it possible to centralize the PABX and link it with the existing infrastructure. Employees can then make calls from Outlook, for example, or share documents with a click of the mouse (UCC). T-Systems has the right technology and necessary processes for every need.
The network solutions by T-Systems enable the connection of international locations of any size, individual branches or mobile employees with a common company infrastructure, ensuring the availability of centralized applications. T-Systems assumes end-to-end responsibility as a service provider and serves as a single point of contact to simplify network management even after the platforms and technologies have been established.