Westcon survey heralds ‘death’ of classical Ethernet

Only 2% of regional IT channel believes legacy technology sufficient for cloud era

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Westcon survey heralds ‘death’ of classical Ethernet Naik: We were surprised to find that most of these players still find technology rollouts and updates to be slow despite the obvious need for network advancement.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 2, 2014

Current networking technologies are being pushed to their performance boundaries, according to a survey conducted by network VAD Weston Group in co-operation with its vendor partner Brocade.

Respondents, drawn from the Middle East IT channel, were evenly divided between Ethernet fabrics and clustering network solutions as the favoured future technology for data centres, while only a small proportion (2.13%) believe classical Ethernet is sufficient for the road ahead.

Of those polled, 89.36% saw network security as being one of the most likely areas of network infrastructure spending for Middle East businesses. Upgrading the core data centre network, network management, unified communications and WAN optimisation were the other technologies that channel players expect IT budgets to be allocated to.

According to the survey, network virtualisation, cloud-optimised data centre networking solutions and BYOD/mobility will be the three areas where channel players will look to strengthen their portfolios and skills. In the coming years, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) will move from being mere buzz words to an inevitable step forward for the industry. Over 55% of the channel feels that SDN and NFV rollouts will be seen as early as within the next one to two years, while the rest agree that this will be the norm in less than four years. Some 64% of channel organisations have readied themselves, both in terms of technology and technical capabilities, for this.

Services are now a significant contributor to channel profits and represent between 26% and 50% of total revenues for 46.81% of respondents. Low customer awareness of consultancy value and competition from vendors in the services domain remain the two biggest hurdles for the channel in offering value-added services, but very few cited "lack of skilled resources" as being a prohibiting factor.

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