In this report, we’ll be looking at the various complexities involved, and why these demands can induce an “all or nothing” mind-set in enterprise network administrators. On the one hand, there’s a tendency to keep all the corporate assets close to home, by making network management an exclusively in-house matter. At the polar opposite end of the scale are organizations that (often lacking in resources and expertise) surrender full responsibility for network management to external contractors or service providers.
Yet new and emerging technologies like Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and SD-WAN are introducing new ways of doing things – and transforming the established nature of network architectures and IT infrastructure. In light of these developments, and in line with the recommendations and assessments of leading players in the network and IT sectors, this report will put forward the case for a more hybrid approach to network administration – one combining aspects of in-house governance with a co-management ecosystem involving external services and expertise.