What Is an Enterprise Network?

“Enterprise network” denotes the IT infrastructure which is used by midsize and large organizations to provide connectivity among users, devices, and applications.

The goal of an enterprise network is to support the organization’s objectives by consistently delivering connected digital services that are reliable and secure to workers, partners and customers

Enterprise networking architecture

Campus, branch, and Internet of Things (IoT): These networks provide fixed and mobile access to users and things. They are present in all the areas of an organization as well as in offices and in operational spaces such as manufacturing and warehouse facilities.

These networks are optimized for transparent secure access and are high density

Data center and hybrid clouds: These networks connect to applications, workloads, and data within the on-premises of data centers, private and public cloud services. 

They’re optimized for low latency, security, and mission-critical reliability.

Wide-area networks (WANs): These networks connect facilities, buildings, or campuses to other branches,  data centers, or to cloud resources.

They’re optimized for user experience and bandwidth efficiency. 

Advantages of an optimized enterprise network

Always-on connectivity

A well-designed enterprise network that provides a proper connectivity for all users, things, devices, and applications present in an organization.

Optimized user experience

An enterprise network can help improve the user experience by proactive network optimization, faster issue resolution, proper prioritization of essential traffic, and helping to ensure security as well as privacy.  

Readiness for digital transformation

An enterprise network can be designed to support digital initiatives needed to quickly adapt to rapidly evolving needs, including expansion, scaling, growth, and introduction of new services.

Easier network management

Network management tools such as network controllers give administrators the ability to set access rules and permissions for users as well as departments. You can add new users or functions easily, and monitor performance and take corrective action, all from a central interface.

Enhanced security

In addition to security applications and devices, such as firewalls and secure Internet gateways, an enterprise network becomes a primary detector of threats and an enforcer of security and compliance. It does so with device identification, profiling, and verification, network monitoring, authentication, access controls, segmentation, and device and account management. 

Flexible software subscriptions

Enterprise networks that use subscription-based licensing get continuous access to the latest networking and security innovations. They are better able to keep pace with their expanding demands as technologies and requirements change. 

Seamless cloud integration

As more and more data and applications are developed, deployed, and delivered across multiple public clouds, enterprise networks provide seamless connectivity between users and cloud applications. They also optimize workloads between on-premises locations and public clouds. 


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