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    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks

    WildPackets, a leading provider of network monitoring and analysis solutions, recently released its 2013 State of Faster Networks Survey results, which identified the challenges organizations are facing when transitioning to high-speed networks such as 10G, 40G and 100G.

    Surveying more than 100 network engineers and IT directors, WildPackets found that while many organizations have already started to make the transition to 10G+ networks, they lack data visibility and the proper tools to effectively monitor and analyze network performance.

    This slideshow highlights the other findings from WildPackets’ State of Faster Networks Survey.

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 1

    Click through for findings from a survey focusing on the challenges of migrating to a faster network, conducted by WildPackets.

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 2

    Survey respondents reported their companies have already started making the transition to faster-speed networks, with 72 percent supporting 10G, 13 percent supporting 40G and 7 percent supporting 100G deployments.

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 3

    As more companies transition to faster-speed networks, the most common challenge they are experiencing is limited visibility (43 percent). Other reported challenges include: limitation of security monitoring (21 percent) and lack of real-time network analysis (20 percent).

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 4

    72 percent of network engineers and IT directors said the number one feature they would like to have with their 10G network analysis solution is more real-time statistics.

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 5

    31 percent of respondents are implementing network forensics, even though 85 percent stated forensics are essential for their networks.

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 6

    Of those using network forensics at 10G, 41 percent are implementing the practice for security purposes, 51 percent use it to solve intermittent network issues and 33 percent use it to solve intermittent application issues.

    Top Challenges Network Engineers Face in Migrating to Faster Networks - slide 7

    The biggest challenges network engineers face when implementing network forensics at higher speeds include: cost (56 percent), limited disk space (51 percent) and limited real-time analytics (47 percent).

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