Technology Megatrends Are Shortening Network Life Expectancy

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One-third of all wireless access points that were identified and assessed during 2011 were 802.11n-capable – nearly triple the 12 percent 802n penetration from the previous year.

Tip: As mobility becomes more pervasive, organizations must continue to upgrade the underlying network infrastructure responsible for the distribution and delivery of their communication services.

A recent study by global IT services provider Dimension Data showed that nearly half of all enterprise networks will be obsolete within five years. This is due to the fact that many corporate networks predate current megatrends such as mobility, bring your own device (BYOD), virtualization and pervasive video, which are rapidly consuming network capacity and capabilities. Representing a 38 percent increase over 2010 data, the state of the enterprise networks assessed during 2011 indicates the growing velocity of these technology trends.

In this slideshow, Dimension Data highlights key data from the study, which resulted in its 2012 Network Barometer Report. The annual report, based on the results of technology lifecycle management (TLM) assessments conducted by Dimension Data across hundreds of organizations worldwide, summarizes enterprise adherence to network best practices, potential security vulnerabilities and the end-of-life status of network devices. This year’s report includes findings from nearly 300 TLM assessments completed throughout 2011.


Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

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