The primary objective of this ESG research study was to survey networking professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., 1,000 employees or more) in order to better understand the changes taking place in their data centers, how these changes were impacting their network infrastructure and operations, how they were addressing data center networking challenges in the short-term, and what they were planning for data center networking as they looked to future business and technical requirements.
This research report examines how a multitude of data center technology trends (i.e. data center consolidation, server virtualization, cloud computing, web applications, etc.) are impacting legacy data center networking equipment and network operations. It also reveals how data center networks are evolving to accommodate these trends.
ESG research indicates that many enterprise organizations have been targeted by and are vulnerable to Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Why? Many existing security tools cannot detect or remediate APTs as they evolve within corporate networks. Addressing sophisticated attacks demands a new class of next-generation threat management tools offering wide-angle visibility, adaptive control, and proactive protection. This is exactly what Sourcefire delivers with its new FireAMP product.
Enterprise data center networks are rapidly reaching a breaking point. Why? Data center network scale and complexity is testing the limits of legacy networking equipment and IT operations. ESG calls this phenomenon data center networking discontinuity. While networking vendors are desperately adding new features to their equipment, a radically new model called Software-Defined Networks (SDN) is emerging through the efforts of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the OpenFlow protocols. Ultimately, SDN/OpenFlow could use software to virtualize networks just as hypervisors enable server virtualization. This vision is becoming reality in real-time as IBM and NEC co-market their integrated SDN/OpenFlow products and services.
Recent ESG research indicates that the remote worker population will grow significantly over the next three years. Why? Organizations see ROI on remote worker programs in terms of cost reduction, higher employee morale, and improved productivity. While these are attractive benefits, ESG believes that today’s laissez-faire remote worker programs have plenty of room for improvement from both a business and technology perspective.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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