Leveraging Predictive Networks to Build Agility

Vish Iyer, Vice President, Architectures, Cisco, APJC

Managing the constantly growing volumes of data across extending IT perimeters to guarantee high quality experiences, security, and speed has become business imperative in today’s hyperconnected world. The most significant network difficulty, according to the most recent Cisco Global Networking Trends Report, is responding to disturbances (45%). Businesses need to handle this important issue since unforeseen network failures can affect staff productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

In this environment, predictive networks technology has become a game-changer, enabling organizations to stop responding to networking problems and start proactively preventing problems that could negatively affect their operations.

The pressures on the network are just getting started, and IT teams need tools to assist them manage everything with the number of applications likely to rise and changes anticipated in both the employee and customer experiences. Cisco announced its Predictive Networks vision at the most recent Cisco Live 2022 event, which empowers enterprise IT to switch from reactive to preventative-based networking, enhancing operational efficiency, and guaranteeing the quality of application experience. With the most comprehensive predictive network at the moment, Cisco has been researching predictive platforms for the past two years.

CIO World Asia spoke with Vish Iyer, Vice President, Architectures, Cisco, APJC.

Critical challenges that the complexity and fragmentation of networks pose for APAC businesses

Fragmentation has been observed in the development of internal IT teams within corporations which commonly comprises an IT Ops team, DevOps team, and a network operations team. When it comes to the user experience of their applications, it’s crucial to combine all of those diverse teams in generating that unified experience, and work through the entire ecosystem.

Nowadays, having digital fluidity is expected from the corporate sector; regardless of where you work or how you access the system, users want the same high standard of experience. These are the major difficulties IT encounters, and most businesses are extremely interested in how they may lessen their burden and enable their staff and clients to provide that experience. The reality is that networking and security are becoming more challenging and important in the cloud-first world.

It all comes down to simplifying complexities and reducing fragmentation, to provide a uniform user experience.

Experience centric network infrastructure create competitive advantages

Today, loyalty is mostly defined by experience quality. Therefore, having the abilities, tools, and platforms that assist organizations in providing that consistent experience—which can now be measured—creates a convincing advantage. That has been observed across industries.

The future of predictive networks

“…We are beginning to see the early stages of predictability through self-driving cars, for example. I think predictive networks is having the same construct in the context of networking.” Vish Iyer, Vice President, Architectures, Cisco, APJC added.

Networks used to automatically identify defects, redirect traffic, and route traffic along the optimum route in order to provide a consistent level of service. We are taking the same course with critical networks.

While some consumers prefer to manage the network directly, others are very at ease with the network making decisions on its own. We are therefore approaching the point in predictive networking where we can provide the network operator with these tools, these capabilities, and these controls to specify how we want to operate that network.