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Future of Enterprise Networking

Tomorrow's enterprise network

Alok Shende

The last track on Day 3 was on the Future of Enterprise Networking. The objective of the presentations made in this track was to determine the right mix of components to ensure robust, scalable and secure 24x7x365 connectivity. They looked at the core components that act as building blocks for enterprise networks, and how the network of the future would converge to provide multiple voice, data and video services.

The Future

Alok Shende, Director, Technology Practice, Frost & Sullivan India, gave a talk on the future of enterprise networks. The session highlighted the trends that are set to drive enterprise networks of the future. He talked about the technologies and business drivers that would play a critical role in enterprise networking, and the need to develop a blueprint for future-proof networks. He also highlighted a number of strategies in order to develop the blueprint.

Future-proof networks

J Ramesh Babu

J Ramesh Babu, Business Development Manager, Enterprise, Cisco India & SAARC, spoke about building future-proof networks. The session aimed to provide a technology and strategic perspective on building networks that are robust, scalable and secure. It covered strategies to build converged, wireless networks, make networks scalable to handle more traffic, and ensure network security for seamless transactions.

 

A practical approach

Sunil Gujral

Sunil Gujral, VP, Technologies, Wipro Spectramind, made a presentation about a practical approach to building enterprise networks. This was essentially a case-study session that focussed on the best practices adopted by Wipro Spectramind for building future-proof networks. He shared his company’s strategy to build a scalable, secure, networks; various cost analysis and design challenges; ways to incorporate new technologies like convergence and Wi-Fi; pitfalls to avoid; and technical and management issues that companies are likely to face along the way.

The presentation was one of the brightest in the entire event. Gujral's candid recollection of the mistakes he made, and the subsequent lessons he learned, was an eye-opener to many CIOs in the room. He received an extended round of applause for his efforts.

 
     
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