According to ESG’s 2012 IT Spending Intentions Survey, more than half of all organizations will increase networking spending in the upcoming year. Survey respondents’ highest spending priority is, once again, network security, followed by network management and WAN optimization. Furthermore, more than one-third of organizations adding IT staff in 2012 also plan to hire additional network administrators, making networking one of the top five areas of demand for IT hiring in 2012.
Intelligent Management Aggregation Networks (iMAN) from vendors like Anue, APCON, Gigamon, NetOptics, and VSS Monitoring remain niche products for large enterprises and service providers with big complex networks. ESG Research forecasts a market transition in progress however. As enterprise organizations embrace data center consolidation, server virtualization, web applications, consumer devices, and mobility, they will need more comprehensive network visibility to help them address new network management, operations, and security requirements. This in turn will drive iMAN into the networking market mainstream.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation.
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