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Security is the Top Issue for Network Managers According to New 451 Research Study

 Security is the Top Issue for Network Managers According to New 451 Research

Network Budgets Continue to Grow

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NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2013

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research,
released its latest network technology study, indicating a strong budget for
network projects in 2013 and 2014. Security returns to the top of the list of
network manager 'pain points,' with aging hardware dropping from first place
in the previous Wave study to fifth place in 2013.

Conducted earlier in 2013, TheInfoPro study identifies key initiatives of
senior networking managers, including market factors and major players. This
annual study is based on extensive live interviews with technology
professionals and primary decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in
North America and Europe.

Daniel Kennedy, Research Director and report author, noted several other key
trends from the TheInfoPro Network Study:

  oNetwork budgets maintain a successful multi-year run of increases, with
    2013 seeing 40% of network managers increasing their overall spending.
  oThe top networking project, taking over from upgrades to the network core
    in 2012, is the continued rollout and expansion of wireless networking
    within the enterprise.
  oUnified Communications sits atop the voice and video category, as well as
    much of the study's technologies as a whole, ranking fourth in the overall
    heat index.
  o10 Gigabit Ethernet at the network core is quickly becoming the standard,
    with 75% of enterprises reportedly having rolled it out. Campus-wide
    rollouts are not far behind, with 64% reporting having it in place and
    another 6% rolling it out in the short term.

"Network budgets for the majority of network managers continued to climb in
2013, with 40% noting a spending increase over what was a positive 2012," said
Daniel Kennedy, TheInfoPro's Research Director for Information Security &
Networking, "The previous study saw core upgrades as the top project – this
year, wireless took the top spot followed by switch upgrades, indicating that
the general network refresh is expanding into network campuses."

451 Research Webinar to Discuss Report Findings

451 Research will host a webinar on October 29^th:

Webinar Details:

  oTitle: The State of Networking Technology in 2013
  oDate/Time: October 29 at 2pm ET
  oPresenter: Daniel Kennedy, Research Director, Information Security &

To learn more about the study and the TheInfoPro Networking research series,
please visit:

About TheInfoPro Networking Study
TheInfoPro Network Technology Study takes an in-depth look at key trends
across the industry, and tracks the performance of individual vendors. This
10^th iteration of the study takes an in-depth look at key trends across the
networking industry, as well as the performance of individual vendors. The
study is completed annually, and is based on hour-long interviews with
technology professionals and primary decision-makers at large and midsize
enterprises primarily in North America. The interview results are collected in
comprehensive research reports that provide continuous business intelligence
within key areas, such as technological roadmaps, spending plans and vendor
performance. A sampling of vendors covered in the Vendor Performance and
Technology Roadmap components of the study include: Cisco, Check Point, HP,
Juniper Networks, Aruba Networks, Extreme Networks, Arista, Huawei, F5
Networks, Riverbed, Polycom, Avaya, Palo Alto Networks, Dell, Microsoft and

About 451 Research
451 Research, a division of The 451 Group, is focused on the business of
enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely
insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology
segments. Business value is delivered via daily concise and insightful
published research, periodic deeper-dive reports, data tools, market-sizing
research, analyst advisory, and conferences and events, including the upcoming
HCTS-North America. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor,
service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on 451 Research's insight
to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. 451 Research is
headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San
Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle and Denver.

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