Enterprise Networks Will Likely Cost 50 Percent Less Over the Next Five Years

Dimension Data's 2013 Network Barometer Report points to a shift in network structure caused by demand for BYOD-ready environments

Jun 25, 2013, 09:00 ET from Dimension Data

ORLANDO, Fla., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CiscoLive! -- Dimension Data, the $5.8 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, today released the results of its annual Network Barometer Report 2013, which evaluates the readiness of enterprise networks to support critical business operations.  The announcement, made during CiscoLive! in Orlando, Fla., found that when comparing a traditional wired network deployment supporting 100 users to a wireless network of the same size, the reduction in physical hardware – LAN switches, discrete wireless LAN controllers and cabling – makes the wireless network up to 50% less expensive. In addition to the capital savings, the operation and management of this user environment is also reduced, according to the report. Dimension Data is on site and exhibiting in booth #207 at CiscoLive!, one of  Cisco's largest educational and training events of the year.

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According to the report, most networks today consist of approximately 80% wired ports serving individual users, and 20% wireless LAN (WLAN) ports supporting multiple users. However, as users continue to pressure organizations to facilitate enterprise mobility, and as networks are transformed to accommodate this shift in expectations, networks set up for largely wireless users will cost far less to roll out than traditional, predominantly wired networks. This shift to BYOD will result in significantly lower operational costs since these networks will be easier to manage, provide unified access to users and require less power and cooling. Dimension Data predicts that the combination of these factors will eventually turn the 80:20 ratio on its head, with future networks 80% wireless and 20% wired.

Dimension Data conducts its annual Network Barometer Report by evaluating clients on the following factors: adherence to best practices, potential security vulnerabilities and the end-of-life status of network devices. The 2013 report includes findings from Dimension Data Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) Assessments at enterprises worldwide throughout 2012. Now in its fifth year, Dimension Data boasts over 1,200 TLM Assessments completed for organizations of varying sizes, from diverse industry sectors and across all geographies.

"This year we extended the architectural discussion introduced in 2012, and explored the impact of enterprise mobility on the underlying network and how this trend will fundamentally change the way in which networks are designed, paid for and deployed," said Grant Sainsbury, Dimension Data's vice president of advanced solutions. "The data in the 2013 Network Barometer Report indicates that organizations are not upgrading their networks for enterprise mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments as aggressively as anticipated. However, we expect that this delay will inevitably change to meet the demands of the mobile user and to accommodate the new structure of future networks and the cost savings that this brings."

Other significant findings from the 2013 report reveal:

  • The number of devices on corporate IT networks carrying vulnerabilities has dropped from 75% in 2011 to 67% in 2012. While this is the lowest figure in two years, it highlights ongoing challenges faced by security managers.
  • From an architectural perspective, networks of the future will not function optimally if the majority of wired ports – perhaps every port – can't support power-over-Ethernet and handle gigabit Ethernet. One-third of all access switches support power-over-Ethernet, while a little under half support gigabit Ethernet.
  • For the third year in a row, the percentage of devices past end-of-sale (EoS) has increased since 2009 when Dimension Data published its first Network Barometer Report. Organizations are also 'selectively sweating' more of these devices to reach riskier, 'older' lifecycle stages. 

To download a summary of the report, please visit: http://www.dimensiondata.com/NBR13

About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com and www.facebook.com/DimensionDataAmericas or follow us on Twitter: @DimensionDataAM.  

About the Network Barometer Report 2013
The 2013 Network Barometer Report, published by Dimension Data on the status of networks globally, aggregates data from 233 organizations and the Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM) Assessments conducted by Dimension Data around the world during 2012. The Report reviews networks' readiness to support business by reviewing the security vulnerabilities, end-of-life status and configuration variance from best practice of network devices.

For further information please contact:

Jackie Funk

Karen Pantinas

Dimension Data Americas

Davies Murphy Group

T: 571-203-4006

T: 781-418-2413

E: jackie.funk@dimensiondata.com

E: ddna@daviesmurphy.com


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