Top 4 networking priorities of North American enterprises

Beefing up security, adoption of cloud architectures/services, virtualization of IT infrastructure and cost containment are North American enterprises’ top 4 networking-related initiatives over the next 12 months.

A survey by Infonetics Research found that respondents — North American enterprises — plan to slightly throttle WLAN expenditures this year, correspondingly increasing router and switch outlays.

North American enterprises will focus more on company headquarters for their investment. They also intend to ramp branch office spending as they seek new opportunities for post-recession growth.

The survey says respondents rate Cisco the top networking manufacturer overall. Big IT suppliers — IBM, HP and Dell — have already beefed up their networking capabilities and are battling for the #2 position.

On average, respondent organizations spent around $2 million each on networking equipment in 2012.

“There is a disconnect between the growth in network usage and enterprise budgets, and cost containment is one of the top priorities over the next year. Vendors who can solve this challenge are best positioned to take share in this $27-billion-a-year market,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

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