DNA – Digital Network Architecture

DNA – Digital Network Architecture

ENTERPRISE network architectures are being challenged by the evolution of digital businesses that are embracing mobile, cloud, video and Internet–of–Things (IoT) technologies. Often referred to as the digitization of businesses, the adoption of these technologies can impact our lives much as the introduction of the Internet and World Wide Web did 20 years ago. The advent of big data and analytics helps to enable better real–time decision making, automation and efficiencies necessary to deliver such digitalized applications competitively. Additionally, the wide availability of cloud services is supporting these trends. The cloud is rapidly equalizing the opportunities for small and medium companies to cost–effectively and rapidly access advanced IT services that were previously only within reach of established organizations.

However, the evolution toward a dynamic, ubiquitous digitalized business does not come without risks. Universal connectivity opens up new and often, devastating security risks. Complexity of network operations is expected to increase as such operations become more dynamic, generating more events and data for an increasing number of users and applications. Unless addressed, the network will become harder to manage and operate.

These trends mandate a need for a significant shift in the enterprise network architecture. Although the traditional network virtues of availability and performance are not disappearing, the digital business network needs to quickly evolve to support new more dynamic forms of worker and customer interaction, as well as simplification and automation of network operations.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) offers a new blueprint for the digital organization. The network is extended to embrace data center, cloud and IoT infrastructures while maintaining the traditional high availability, scalability and performance characteristics. The DNA infrastructure is designed to deliver services: network services to enable ubiquitous connectivity; security services to protect data and user integrity; and digital services to optimize business applications. As a result, Cisco DNA provides the platform for digital solution delivery to enable a superior workforce and customer experience while simplifying business operations.