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April 01, 2013

How Mobility and Cloud Services Top List of IT Enterprise Network Challenges

A recent survey conducted by communications specialist CommScope shows that mobile devices are playing a larger part as game changers in today’s businesses, as enterprise IT managers struggle to keep pace with mobility’s dramatic effects on workplace productivity and requirements.

Per this study, cloud-based IT services and applications are also grabbing the attention of those responsible for enterprise networks. While nearly three-fourths of respondents are confirmed, they already are deploying some cloud-based applications, the shift to the cloud is far from slowing.

This seventh edition of CommScope’s “Global Enterprise Survey” found that enterprise mobility and cloud services beat out infrastructure intelligence, 40/100 GbE and green power initiatives as the top challenges facing company networks around the world. More than 1,100 IT professionals from 63 nations participated in the tri-annual research.

As per the survey, there is a noticeable gap between the usage of mobile devices within enterprise facilities and the capability of those buildings to enable wireless traffic. It shows that an average of 43 percent of all phone calls originating within an enterprise facility involves a mobile phone, yet only 30 percent of these businesses say their carrier-provided in-building signal coverage and capacity are sufficient to handle the mobile traffic. This had more than three-quarters of respondents admitting that employees had to roam around the office, or even go outside, to get an adequate signal for a call.

In a statement, Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions at CommScope, explained, “It’s clear from the survey that bring-your-own-device is a growing trend and places a heavy demand on organizational infrastructure, while weighing heavily on the minds of most network IT professionals.”  

He continued, “The pace of mobility adoption by consumers – and thus the workforce and company visitors – has outrun the infrastructure and practices in place within enterprise facilities to support it. This also factors heavily into the uptick in a majority of survey respondents confirming deployment of cloud-based applications.”

Key findings from the survey show that enterprise mobility is widespread and that the use of mobile technology is changing the landscape. Likewise, cloud services are also impact the enterprise landscape. While 21 percent currently rely on cloud technology to run more than half of their applications, 52 percent believe that by 2017, more than half of their applications will reside off-site in the cloud.

Furthermore, nearly one-third of respondents indicated that 40 GbE and 100 GbE would have a significant impact on their future operations, with a majority citing the emergence of laser-optimized multimode. Meanwhile, one in three of surveyed participants mentioned the need for intelligent infrastructure as an IT infrastructure game-changer.

Green power is also on the mind of IT managers. On average, respondents are looking to reduce energy consumption by 18 percent; their strategies involve server virtualization, consolidations and cloud computing.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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