IT organizations are evolving their networking infrastructures and operations to keep pace with changes in the data center, remote/branch offices, and endpoint devices. Data growth, virtualization deployments, cloud strategies, consolidation initiatives, and next-generation web application implementations are some of the trends driving the need for enhanced networking infrastructure performance, elasticity, and scalability. Software-defined networks are often depicted as the vehicle by which IT organizations can achieve these capabilities. The challenge for IT planners, however, is charting a steady course to SDN implementation without negatively impacting business operations. This means not only transforming legacy networking infrastructure, but also fundamentally changing how IT organizations collaborate with their application development peers to increase business agility.
Coming off an unprecedented year, the majority of organizations are increasing their IT budgets. While slightly more than one-third of these organizations will increase their network spending in 2021, the majority expect to hold steady compared to last year’s investment levels. This year, organizations also state that they are looking to take advantage of cloud-based network management solutions to drive optimization. The research further demonstrates how organizations with mature digital transformation efforts differ from their counterparts with less mature environments.
ESG Senior Analyst Bob Laliberte focuses on existing and emerging network technologies, software, and services utilized by enterprises and service providers. He is particularly interested in the software-defined and virtual architectures that will drive the next wave of network investment. His coverage includes the network, cloud, and service offerings that telcos (wireless and fixed line), cable operators, and MSPs are delivering to enterprise customers.
In his 25+ year career, Bob has held several senior management roles in marketing, product management, and sales for software and technology companies conducting business in the U.S. and internationally. Bob’s straightforward and thought-provoking insights have made him a popular resource for IT vendors and the media alike.