11 April 2013

Nigeria: Open Innovation Will Drive ICT Growth

The rise of open standards, frameworks and architectures and a shift from proprietary models will give way to new solutions with regards to networking in the Nigerian business landscape, an Information Technology (IT) expert has said.

Enterprise Business Manager for Dell Nigeria, Mr. Akin Banuso, who is an IT expert in computer networking, also highlighted the three networking paradigms that are shaping the business landscape across the world today.

He said: "Broadly speaking, there are three major trends within the networking space that are currently shaping the industry; convergence, distributed networking and software defined networks. These topics are not new to the table, but having been discussed for some time, they are now beginning to hit the mainstream in terms of the maturity of the technology and where they are on the corporate agenda. The first of these 'Networking Big3' shapers of the industry is Convergence".

"It's not wholly a networking issue but the impact on the way networks are managed and - just as importantly - who manages them, should not be underestimated. Previously IT functioned in silos, with server, storage and network administration going about their business relatively independently. When someone within the organisation wanted a new resource provisioned, working across these silos to make that happen could be a painful and unnecessarily cumbersome experience."

Speaking further, he noted that software defined networking, would be the next of the 'Networking Big3'.

" Although the technology is still in its infancy, software defined networking (SDN) is widely touted to revolutionise network infrastructures on the same scale as virtualisation in the server market. Traditional networking has been unable to offer the flexibility that networking managers require today," he said.

Banuso added that "Distributed networking is another Big3 networking shaper of industry. There is a shift from traditional to distributed architectures; several developments have rendered the traditional centralised, monolithic chassis-switched network unfit for the modern business' requirements.

According to him, "firstly, the workforce has become extremely disperse and mobile. Secondly, virtualisation and cloud computing have resulted in much higher server-to-server traffic flow than before. Finally, enterprises now have vastly larger volumes of data to process, store, and analyse than was previously the case"

He noted that there are many useful new technologies that were now emerging, and that one of them is the Dell Virtual Network Architecture (VNA) Portfolio.

"This Dell infrastructure can deliver up to 10 time greater application performance for decision support and business intelligence workloads," he said.

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