IT Networks Keep Getting Older

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-14-2014 Email

Today's IT networks are as old as they have been in six years, according to new research from Dimension Data. The accompanying paper, titled the "2014 Network Barometer Report," presents a wide range of tech operations trends, in what can informally be described as a state-of-the-network update. Findings reveal that the majority of devices are aging or even obsolete—and beyond the stage where vendors usually provide full support. This is attributed to a steady, organizational call for budget savings—particularly on capital spending—thus disrupting typical three- to five-year refresh patterns. "Organizations are sweating their network assets for longer than expected," says Raoul Tecala, Dimension Data's business development director for networking. Findings also shed light upon a number of infrastructure and security-related topics. The report was compiled from an analysis of data generated by Dimension Data's four global service centers, in Bangalore, Boston, Frankfurt and Johannesburg. The data was generated from an estimated 290 tech assessments, 74,000 devices and 91,000 service incidents. For more about the research (registration required), click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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