Majority of businesses expect investment in network infrastructure to grow by
10-25 percent in 2012, despite the continued struggles of the global economy.
This increased investment will be fuelled primarily by the implementation of
environmentally-friendly IT solutions, with network reliability and network
intelligence as other key drivers, according to CommScope.
Demand for green IT solutions in the enterprise is already strong, with 84
percent of organizations having taken steps to improve the energy efficiency of
their networks during 2011.
Investment is set to continue next year with 46 percent of enterprises
believing it is the most effective approach to achieving cost efficiencies in
the network, which was cited by nearly half of all enterprises (49 percent) as
the most significant goal of 2012.
18 percent of survey respondents said improving network reliability in the
enterprise is the most important aim in the short-term.
Reliability problems predominantly were attributed to a lack of network
visibility (identified by 37 percent of enterprises), errors by technicians (21
percent) and power failures (17 percent).
Investment to enhance network visibility, eliminate blind spots and reduce
human error is expected through the continued integration of intelligence into
networks at the infrastructure level. 38 percent of enterprises are either
currently using or installing intelligent infrastructure solutions and a
further 23 percent are ensuring they have a clear upgrade path.
There is also a move towards hosted data centers, with 64 percent of
enterprises either currently using or considering deployment of colocation
solutions in the next three years. This approach is rapidly gaining popularity
because of the time and cost savings and risk mitigation that a company can see
as result of using shared data center infrastructure.
“Our research shows that network managers are focused on achieving more
efficient, intelligent and robust networks. Crucially, it reveals a widespread
strategy to achieve cost efficiencies by investing in solutions that are proven
to optimize performance and increase reliability, as opposed to simply reducing
expenditure or opting for lesser quality alternatives,” said Koen ter Linde,
vice president of Enterprise Sales for Europe, CommScope.
By Telecomlead.com Team