Enhance your legacy network with virtualization

Technology reinvents itself quicker than society has time to adapt to it. If a business isn’t watching the market closely, its new and shiny network of servers could easily become outdated after just a few years of use. This is the fallback to the digital boom – much in the same way that when you buy a mobile phone, it feels as though a new one comes out just a couple of months later.

Those who succeed will use the explosive growth to their advantage. The average office is starting to leverage video more often, either for internal communication or collaborative work. The only drawback with this is that the action of watching a video consumes much more bandwidth than, say, using a proprietary application. This may lead some executive staff to think they need to upgrade their network so it is better equipped to handle the changing market.

Spend more money? Not necessary. By deploying an enterprise content delivery network to handle internal video demand, companies are able to not only optimize their legacy network performance, but also improve the consistency of it.

Is young the new old?
Technology doesn’t have a very long shelf life. You wouldn’t call a 5-year-old car ancient, but you may call a BlackBerry that. So what changes for servers? The simple fact is that older technology simply can’t run newer programs and applications. Video is the perfect example of that, because of the amount of stress it applies to seemingly every network.

So, do you take the chance and buy a new system to accommodate changes in industry practices, or do you struggle to get through the times? Peter Bendor-Samuel suggests sweating out the last remaining years your legacy network has to offer.

“Determine how to run the legacy environment with as few people as possible,” Bendor-Samuel wrote on “The people issue is important because, like all legacy environments, over time it will be more difficult to attract talent that wants to work in legacy. Most IT talent wants to run away from it as fast as possible. As a CIO not taking the ‘out with the old’ approach, your challenge is to find simple, cost-effective ways to reduce the number of people devoted to the legacy environment yet also maintain their skills.”

If you want to keep your legacy network, you need to find a way to automate it – to keep it running without much interference. But how is that possible when it needs to account for technology that it’s simply not equipped to handle? Give it a helping hand.

An ECDN alleviates the strain on a network by compartmentalizing infrastructure and optimizing video delivery service. In its simplest form, it’s a sort of Botox surgery for a legacy network. It gives it a complete makeover so it’s able to handle the added stress that accompanies video distribution.

By using an ECDN, route data through the network in the most intelligent way possible. This enables them to keep the same routers and switches they’ve been accustomed to using – essentially giving it a longer shelf life.

Benefits of ECDN’s
The initial, and most tangible, benefit derived from this switch is that companies get to keep their legacy system without being forced to upgrade to stay up with the times. While the business figures out where it wants to take its IT department and its network, it can still enjoy the functionality the legacy network provides.

Companies that run their business applications through virtualization are also less prone to attacks on the system. This is two-fold – the first underlying fact being that there is simply less hardware to account for. The second reason being that the network becomes isolated, and doesn’t necessarily need that exact physical component to operate because it can use any piece of hardware.

Companies that want to start including more videos in their internal communications, whether it be for onboarding or news announcements from executive staff, will have a hard time doing so without an ECDN – nevermind whether or not they are using a legacy network or brand new servers. Keep the old system by virtualizing the network.