Information technology infrastructure is defined broadly as a set of information technology components that are the foundation of an IT service; typically physical components, but also various software and network components
There are a number of challenges in regards to running a network infrastructure model. Some of the top three network infrastructure challenges are:
- Centralizing traffic
- Dealing with duplicate data
- Sending the right data to the right tool
1. Centralizing Traffic
Within an organization, there are often multiple different subnets and locations or sites. Without a centralized hub, network visibility, monitoring and management can become near impossible. Many companies use network infrastructure solutions to centralize traffic to better understand and monitor the data traversing their networks. This enhances their security posture and helps network operations teams address performance issues.
2. Dealing with Duplicate Data
In some cases, duplicate data can comprise 50 – 66 percent of network traffic. Removing duplicate data is critical, particularly when it comes to the effectiveness of network security solutions. If the security solutions get too much duplicate data, they may be slowed down and less effective in detecting threats.
3. Sending the Right Data to the Right Tool
Many organizations use a number of different cyber security tools and providers. Many security providers often charge based on how much data they need to process. As such, sending the right type of data to the right tool is a critical aspect of infrastructure networking. Sending data from many different sources all to the same tool might be ineffective and costly, particularly if one tool is best suited to one type of data and another tool to another type.