A Network Optimization Workshop (NOW) is a joint engagement with our global hosting partner, Equinix, where WWT helps our mutual customers understand the ramifications of modernizing their network and application connectivity. We document findings specific to current-state network architectures (with respective recurring OPEX costs) and compares that to future-state network architecture recommendations, and the resulting proposed CAPEX investment (and ongoing OPEX) required to modernize.
NOW is a services engagement working with our partner Equinix — usually 8-12 weeks in length, but the actual duration will be based on the number of applications in scope.
This project focuses on the cost of modernizing the network infrastructure operations, application performance and maximizing enterprise WAN capabilities and performance.
Before an organization invests in a network optimization effort, however, they really need to understand their current and future state requirements therefore the following information will be required for the NOW engagement:
A pragmatic approach and an ROI analysis:
Adopting a pragmatic approach to modernizing an organization's core infrastructure is all about placing the appropriate workload in the appropriate location, based not just on the proposed effectiveness and efficiency, but on the initial CAPEX and ongoing OPEX costs as well.
Over the years, as organizations have modernized and have grown both organically and by acquisition, the network connectivity between applications most likely did not share in these modernization efforts simply because the infrastructure is “working OK” so is often overlooked.
There is a very real and ongoing probability that these organizations are paying far too much in OPEX for connectivity options that don’t match their business expectations or needs, or ongoing performance and cost requirements.
A realistic approach to understanding these costs, before committing capital expense to upgrade, is a Network Optimization Workshop (NOW). This is where WWT, working with our global hosting partner Equinix, will document, in a gap analysis report, findings specifically citing current state architectures — as provided by the customer — with respective recurring OPEX costs, future-state architecture recommendations and the resulting proposed CAPEX investment required to upgrade.
This will also include a predicted ROI, based upon projected future-state OPEX costs.
At the conclusion of the NOW engagement, the customer receives a gap analysis report with findings specifically citing current state network architectures — as provided by the customer — with respective recurring OPEX costs, future-state network architecture recommendations and the resulting proposed CAPEX investment required to upgrade.
These findings are presented in a gap-analysis report that compares the two states and provides high-level recommendations for Application Network Optimization and modernization efforts.
These findings will also include a predicted ROI, based upon projected future-state CAPEX requirements and recurring OPEX costs.