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Organizations with hybrid, multi-cloud environments that require many operators across disciplines will reap the greatest rewards today from using a digital twin.

by Chiara Regale, Network Computing

The increasing complexity of networks today requires IT teams to oversee network connectivity, cloud migration, mobile integration, security, and more, despite the IT staff shortage crippling progress for many organizations. The sum becomes a herculean task as a typical enterprise network spans multiple locations and thousands of devices, each with its own proprietary operating system and configuration rules. IT teams need a solution that oversees these complexities in a way that doesn’t inhibit growth, increase risk, or rely on regressing back to on-premises, centralized systems. Some wonder if a digital twin is the answer.

A digital twin is an exact virtual reproduction of an organization’s entire network environment that can model network behavior. In its Emerging Technologies and Trends Impact Radar report, Gartner predicts digital twins will fundamentally change the way enterprise networks are managed due to the host of benefits they provide organizations...

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Businesses today are rapidly adopting new IT models to keep up with evolving customer needs: virtualization, cloud applications, IoT deployments, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and more. This constant digital transformation has made enterprise data operations and networks incredibly complex – a problem that is only intensifying as time goes on.

Enterprise Strategy Group recently found that 66% of organizations view their IT environments as more or significantly more complex than they were two years ago. And since 46% of the respondents also noted that planned to continue upgrading and expanding their network infrastructure, that network complexity is only expected to increase.

Despite this, IT teams are somehow expected to take on the herculean task of overseeing networks spanning thousands of devices—all with their own proprietary operating systems (OS) and different configuration rules, across various geographic locations, and numerous corporate environments – while ensuring ubiquitous connectivity, cloud and mobile integration, internal and external collaboration and conferencing, and high levels of data integrity and security.

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