Enterprise Mobility is not only tied to the mobile device but any device or application that has become dynamic and agile within the enterprise landscape. It has also changed the application landscape from traditional applications such as, SAP to cloud based delivery models such as, SalesForce.com, Facebook, Twitter, and many more. Millions of new applications have been developed to support new workflows on mobile devices, with new “apps” showing up every day on the internet; some become business critical the next day while others may have no real value. Instant access to social media is expected from mobile device users as well. Social, mobile, cloud and Big Data is everywhere. To maximize the user experience IT must make sure that the huge availability of applications can be seamlessly delivered from the cloud – private or public -to those mobile users and devices that require them.
With the flexibility, and the agility of this new application world there also comes a new set of challenges for IT and the business. It all became very dynamic: private cloud data centers utilizing software oriented architectures (SOA) and virtualization make it hard to identify applications and provide appropriate services at huge scale with high throughput (80% of the traffic on those data centers stay within the data center). The transport from private and public cloud data centers for those applications is all encapsulated within an http and/or https connection (web traffic) which results in a total lack of visibility and control to the – mobile – user.
These challenges drive the need for a pervasive application visibility and control architecture using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technologies. Many solutions currently on the market, such as Network and Application Performance Management (NPM, APM) solutions may offer visibility into the application but they are not able to provide control over the application. Solutions such as, next generation firewalls, WAN accelerators, application delivery controllers and Wi-Fi specific solutions rely on funneling large amounts of traffic from across the network through a single appliance (choke points) to overcome the scalability and/or cost challenges that are typically associated with DPI in the enterprise IT infrastructure.
In addition these solutions are de-coupled from one another – there is no homogenous application classification between all of these various tools , therefore true end-to-end management becomes impossible. The fragmented nature of using individual point products does not allow for a unified network management view of the entire network, which makes it difficult to manage the network in its entirety. This then makes it impossible for IT to provide a superior user experience for application delivery for the virtualized private cloud data centers, to public cloud services to the end-user from within that single management system.