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Mobility is here to stay, as people work anywhere, anytime, and stay constantly connected with colleagues, family and friends. New innovations from Hewlett-Packard promise to make enterprise networks ready for the new digital lifestyle
Network is your net worth—a prophetic phrase coined by S Sadagopan, director of the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIITB) and a firm believer in information technology's ability to radically make a difference to people's lives. As our relationship with our devices—tablets, laptops, desktops and mobile phones—is getting deeper, Sadagopan's prophecy seems to be coming true.
People work on the go and bring your own device (BYOD) is fast becoming mainstream as people's personal and professional devices tend to become one. Increasingly, employees want to use their own mobile devices for work. Research firm IDC estimates that 686 million smartphones were sold in 2012 alone.
By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to wireless networks.
That's not all. Businesses run round the clock. Enterprises today are mobile, connected, interactive, immediate and experiencing an explosion in the diversity of data and users. Cloud computing, mobility, and real-time applications place unprecedented pressure on networks. This is because from a network perspective, it all adds up to a staggering number of endpoints. But without access to data, the value of our devices is limited, if not eliminated. "In short, intelligence and smartness on the enterprise network is needed," says Roger Lee, regional director at Hewlett-Packard for network consulting & services, Asia Pacific & Japan. "An enterprise's productivity is inextricably linked to the ability of its employees, partners, and customers to access and exchange data."
BYOD represents a tremendous opportunity not only for enterprises to extend the benefits of mobile technology to all employees, but also for the technology vendors. An early-trend spotter, Hewlett-Packard has introduced its software-defined network (SDN) technologies to span infrastructure, control software and application layers with a "single control plane" that enables enterprises and cloud providers to simplify and maximise agility across datacentre, campus and branch networks. It has also created the necessary infrastructure to allow IT professionals to advance their IT knowledge in the delivery of next generation enterprise networks.