Next-Gen Networks Advance Digital Transformations

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-04-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Next-Gen Networks Advance Digital Transformations

    Despite a lot of interest, companies aren't close to achieving a complete digital transformation, but deploying of next-generation networks would help greatly.
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    Lengthy Timeframe

    85% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said their company is still several years away from benefiting from the full potential of a digital transformation.
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    Critical Component, Part I
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    Critical Component, Part I

    99% said a next-generation network would play an important role in achieving a digital transformation.
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    98% said a next-gen network infrastructure would play a critical role in keeping up with the needs of both the business and users.
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    Cloud Catalyst

    91% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said their organization will need a next-gen network infrastructure for its cloud strategy to reach its full potential.
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    97% said their current legacy network infrastructure has a difficult time keeping pace with the changing demands of cloud and hybrid networks.
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    93% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said their legacy infrastructure causes cloud-related network issues at least once a month, and 11% said this happens at least once a week.
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    Benefits of Updating Legacy Infrastructure to Next-Gen Systems

    Greater efficiency due to better use of bandwidth: 48%, Increased productivity: 47%, More opportunity for expansion: 46%
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    94% said their company plans to migrate to a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) to help manage cloud and hybrid networks, and 52% expect this to happen within two years.
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    44% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said SD-WAN will help eliminate a lack of network and app visibility, while improving poor cloud app performance.
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    54% said they'd be willing to endure a longer commute if they—and their team—no longer had to manually configure routers to make app or network policy changes, and 42% said they'd give up coffee.
 

IT decision-makers admit that their companies are still several years away from a fully realized digital transformation, according to a recent survey from Riverbed. The accompanying report, titled "The Future of Networking," indicates that the deployment of next-generation networks would help greatly, enabling organizations to maximize the potential of their cloud initiatives. Such a network would play a critical role in keeping up with the needs of both the business and users, boosting productivity and efficiency. So what's holding companies back? Blame the continued presence of legacy systems, which have a difficult time keeping up with the pace of the cloud. In fact, survey respondents indicate that legacies are causing cloud-related network issues on a regular basis. "The legacy network infrastructures that have served as the backbone of enterprise connectivity in years past simply can't provide the visibility, speed, security and flexibility that modern applications and workloads demand," according to the report. "In order to make the transition from these legacy networks to a next-generation infrastructure, organizations need to invest appropriately to ensure that their digital transformation initiatives enable them to compete in the modern, cloud-based and digital economy." The report includes findings related to the adoption of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN), and we've included some of those here. An estimated 1,000 global IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Wakefield Research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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