Hybrid networks - systems that typically blend traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks with managed broadband and WiFi, have emerged as a solution to deliver data where it's needed efficiently and reliably.
Hybrid networks are able to support greater numbers of connected devices and applications, especially at distributed locations, and prevent congestion by increasing the bandwidth available and routing traffic more intelligently and often more cheaply as they piggyback on top of the internet for some applications.
However, there is a price to pay for this increased agility: complexity.
Because it supports a mixture of protocols and connections the hybrid network can require more management - or at least a different sort of management. Perhaps the most important consideration, though, is a rethinking of security.
With increased complexity comes the danger that performance will be affected. Network administrators may be tempted to turn down the security controls in order to reduce the number of user complaints. This can be a big mistake, allowing intruders to sneak in unnoticed.
During this web seminar we will be looking at hybrid networks and alternative approaches and investigating the best way to balance performance and security in a way that can allow digital to become a reality.