A Guide to Strategize Network Provisioning

Telecom Tech Outlook | Thursday, October 15, 2020

FREMONT, CA: Network architects who design enterprise networks often find it difficult to estimate the exact amount of provisioning required, leading to under or over-provisioning. Both are equally difficult to manage and rectify. Upgrading networks can prove to be complicated and costly. Predicting might seem, but to a certain extent, the company can put in some research and apply a few strategies to arrive at a reasonable estimation.

A company planning to upgrade an existing network should take the path of analyzing the current networking infrastructure using platforms that provide modern data analytics tools. Using these tools, companies can review the existing system and have a better idea about the requirements.  The network analytics platforms contain data from past network usage and performance reports, which help in planning the upgrade. These platforms also help in providing alignment to the network services with the business goals, adding to the strategies.

Keeping in mind the future course of projects, the companies should try to gauge network provisioning requirements. The IT roadmap of a company plays a vital role in this case. Even slight changes in IT projects cause much difference in the flow of data and hence in the network requirements. Changes in common IT areas like IoT deployments, public cloud services, and big data analytics can trigger an increase or a decrease in the flow of data. Hence, companies should always take note of shifts in IT infrastructure and the subsequent changes in the provision of network resources. 

The age of a network is mostly three to seven years. While devising the provision of a business networking system for a particular project, the company should pay heed to the duration of the project. Mostly, the network provisions are project-specific, and a sudden change in business strategies may not work well for the network already in place.

Network provisioning is a critical aspect of the IT infrastructure. The idea should focus on developing network provisioning strategies, which are capable of carefully minimizing the wastage of resources and reduce efforts to restore facilities by drastically adapting to the incoming changes.