Over the past year, organisations across the globe have rapidly embraced new technologies and ways of working to ensure business continuity in the face of adversity. Widespread adoption of remote working in particular forced companies to implement new collaborative technologies to empower workers to operate seamlessly regardless of their location.
However, this transition has not been without its difficulties. Rapidly integrating new tools and technologies can open organisations up to vulnerabilities and challenges that may not have been considered, and this isn’t isolated to cybersecurity risks. One of the biggest hurdles that organisations must overcome is legacy systems preventing businesses from achieving scalability and agility.
Overcoming legacy challenges
Legacy systems can be cumbersome, restricting businesses from adapting to change as the market or other external circumstances demand it. Without the ability to flex and pivot to meet new circumstances or business drivers, organisations risk falling behind competitors, which can have significant impacts on the bottom line.
Today’s digital society is in a constant state of evolution, and organisations must adapt to meet ever-changing customer demands. As such, businesses need reliable systems and solutions to facilitate the scalability and agility required for business continuity.
Legacy systems have historically offered a rigid platform for users with limited options for access. One of the main challenges this presents to organisations is a lack of scalability and an impediment to remote working, since legacy systems aren’t usually easy to connect to the internet. Shifting towards a more agile platform and integrating software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions into the business provides more optimal paths to connect legacy systems to the internet.
Introducing cloud-ready solutions that increase flexibility
There are now many solutions available to help businesses upgrade their legacy systems for more flexibility. Transitioning to cloud-ready solutions, such as SD-WAN offers significant benefits. For example, SD-WAN improves the end user’s experience by making the applications they need more accessible, with better performance and reliability. SD-WAN can be more secure, and offers real-time visibility and reporting capabilities for businesses.
An easy transition to better scale and agility
Some organisations may be hesitant to transition to new systems for fear of extensive downtime. Undergoing a full network upgrade can be painful and expensive because upgrading to new systems is often time-consuming, managing multiple carriers can be problematic, and organisations may lack the in-house skills required to manage the transition. SD-WAN is a network overlay, eliminating the need for a monolithic upgrade process.
Partnering with specialist organisations, like Logicalis Australia, to manage network upgrades can mitigate these risks, leading to a seamless transition to new networks. Specialist partners offer industry expertise and product knowledge that helps businesses of all sizes access carrier-agnostic solutions with the best cloud performance possible, maximising bandwidth; all with minimal, if any, downtime.\
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For more information on how Logicalis Australia can help your business achieve the scale and agility you need, contact the team today.