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Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study results

Network Instruments has published the results from its Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study. The results suggest that IT teams are facing significant challenges from multiple forms of cloud computing, as well as substantially increased bandwidth demands.

Study highlights include:

Cloud Computing
While the number of organizations embracing cloud (60 percent) remains steady compared to last year’s study results, the number of implementations per organization is growing. Most notably were Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and private cloud deployments, which grew by 10 percent over the last year. On average, respondents expected one-third of their applications to be running in the cloud within 12 months.

74 percent of respondents indicated that their chief concern about cloud migration was ensuring corporate data security. The number is nearly double that of last year, and may be the primary reason for slowing cloud adoption by new organizations. Other top concerns included lack of accurate end-user experience monitoring and the bandwidth impact of cloud services.

Although challenging from a monitoring and visibility perspective, one-third of organizations indicated application availability increased as a result of cloud migration.

Video conferencing
After many false starts, enterprise video conferencing is now mainstream. Video conferencing has been implemented by 55 percent, with an expected 70 percent within a year. Nearly two-thirds of these organizations have implemented multiple deployments throughout their organization. These include standard conference rooms (75 percent), desktop PCs (63 percent), and telepresence systems (30 percent).

While video is clearly embraced, several cited challenges that could hinder wider adoption. Inadequate user knowledge and training was viewed as the largest concern in ensuring a positive video conference experience (53 percent). This was followed by difficulties allocating and monitoring bandwidth (47 percent), and a lack of tools to manage video performance (47 percent).

By the beginning of 2013, nearly one-quarter of respondents expect video to consume over half of their bandwidth.

Performance and bandwidth management
As applications become more complex and tiered, the ability to resolve service delivery issues grows. 83 percent of respondents said the largest application troubleshooting challenge was identifying the problem source. Whereas, more than two-thirds of respondents predicted network traffic demands would increase by 25 percent - 50 percent within two years.

The State of the Network Global Study results were based on responses by 163 network engineers, IT directors, and CIOs in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America. Responses were collected from October 22, 2011 to January 3, 2012.

Download the State of the Network Study (PDF).

•Date: 20th March 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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