Infonetics: Enterprises’ Network Demands on a Collision Course with Budget Reality

The top 4 networking-related initiatives for enterprises over the next 12 months are beefing up security, adoption of cloud architectures/services, virtualization of IT infrastructure and cost containment, reports Infonetics Research. (Graphic: Infonetics Research)

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BOSTON--()--Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its Network Equipment Spending and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, which explores enterprises’ top networking initiatives, budget priorities and growth, investment drivers and barriers, and vendor preferences.

ANALYST NOTE

“Our latest enterprise survey uncovered a solid outlook for network equipment spending, driven by the ever-growing demands placed on network infrastructure. But not all is well: there is a disconnect between the growth in network usage and enterprise budgets, and cost containment is one of the top priorities over the next year. Vendors who can solve this challenge are best positioned to take share in this $27-billion-a-year market,” advises Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

NETWORK EQUIPMENT SPENDING SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • On average, respondent organizations spent around $2 million each on networking equipment in 2012
  • Enterprises’ top 4 networking-related initiatives over the next 12 months are beefing up security, adoption of cloud architectures/services, virtualization of IT infrastructure and cost containment
  • Respondents plan to slightly throttle WLAN expenditures this year, correspondingly increasing router and switch outlays
  • Company headquarters are the top investment focus, but those surveyed intend to ramp branch office spending as they seek new opportunities for post-recession growth
  • Survey respondents rate Cisco the top networking manufacturer overall, but the big IT suppliers – IBM, HP and Dell – have beefed up their networking capabilities and are battling for the #2 position

ABOUT THE SURVEY

For its 23-page network equipment spending survey, Infonetics interviewed 210 North American organizations that have at least 100 employees about their networking equipment, plans and purchase considerations over the next year. The survey provides insights into networking initiatives, budget priorities and growth, investment drivers and barriers, and vendor preferences. Vendors named in the survey include Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, HP, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, Linksys, Motorola, Oracle, Netgear, VMware and others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Contacts

Infonetics Research
Matthias Machowinski, +1-408-583-3363
Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video
matthias@infonetics.com
Twitter: @infonetics

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Excerpts from Infonetics' Network Equipment Spending & Vendor Leadership survey -- explores enterprises’ top networking initiatives, budget priorities, investment drivers/barriers, vendor preferences

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Contacts

Infonetics Research
Matthias Machowinski, +1-408-583-3363
Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video
matthias@infonetics.com
Twitter: @infonetics