Global orgs tweak infrastructure to support mobile, cloud

Dimension Data reports 30% growth in wireless business

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Global orgs tweak infrastructure to support mobile, cloud Tecala: Organisations are upgrading their networks when the need for specific new features becomes more pressing.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 6, 2014

Global organisations are investing heavily in network architecture to support enterprise mobility and cloud technology, according to new research released today by Dimension Data.

The company's Network Barometer Report 2014, first published in 2009, was compiled from "288 technology assessments covering 74,000 technology devices in organisations of all sizes and all industry sectors across 32 countries". In addition, data was gathered from 91,000 service incidents logged for client networks that Dimension Data supports.

"In last year's Network Barometer Report, we argued that enterprise mobility will necessitate an evolution in the access-switching network architecture, from being largely wired to mostly wireless infrastructures," said Raoul Tecala, business development director, Networking, Dimension Data.

"What we've seen over the last 12 months is a continued growth - approximately 30% - in wireless business. But we are now also seeing an upgrade in the access switching infrastructure to support wireless connectivity."

Tecala highlighted the growth in gigabit access switch ports, which increased from one third of all ports last year to just under half (45%) this year. Also, the percentage of switches that support 10-gigabit uplinks increased from 11% to 23%. In addition, there was a much smaller increase in the percentage of ports that support power-over-Ethernet, from just under half last year to just over half.

"Much of the access-switch upgrades are occurring where the installed device still has several years remaining in its product lifecycle," said Tecala. "So while networks are generally getting older as organisations tend to sweat their network assets for as long as possible to save costs, organisations are upgrading their networks when the need for specific new features becomes more pressing. For example, if an organisation requires greater bandwidth to support pervasive wireless connectivity thanks to a host of new mobile devices brought into the workplace by employees, they would have no choice but to refresh those devices sooner."

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