Business performance could be improved by a new service launched by Dimension Data to help customers review traffic patterns, flows and volumes across their networks.
The South African global ICT solutions and services provider said it will also increase network visibility.
Michael Abendanon, Dimension Data South Africa General Manager, Network Integration, said: “In addition to the dramatic growth in traffic volumes on networks, the type of traffic is changing, and the number of networked devices is exploding. This is making high end-to-end performance difficult to achieve, given changes to underlying ICT infrastructure such as mobility, virtualisation, consolidation, and cloud.
“With our Network Optimisation Assessment, we’re able to provide clients with a detailed traffic discovery of all voice, video and application traffic flowing over the network, as well as all information relating to protocols, ports, VLANs, traffic direction, and active hosts.”
Dimension Data said they will be able to make recommendations to improve network performance, which they added is “critical” as companies prepare for the emergence of video, mobility and cloud.
The Network Optimisation Assessment involves technical interviews and deploying an appliance on the client’s network for a specific period of time in order to collect data about the network.
Abendanon cites a global shipping company that Dimension Data performed an assessment on. He said: “The client took action on the recommendations and was able to consolidate a significant portion of its branch infrastructure into centralised data centres, with no performance degradation. This resulted in savings for the client across its 200+ branches, while maintaining end user quality of experience when connecting to applications.”
Dimension Data said the payback on a typical WAN optimisations project is between four and 18 months.