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Commscope survey identifies top network challenges

Jack Loo | April 8, 2013
Results from the study indicate that BYOD is altering enterprise IT landscape.

Enterprise mobility and cloud services, infrastructure intelligence, 40/100GbE and green power initiatives are top network challenges faced by organisations worldwide, according to a Commscope survey.

More than 1,100 IT professionals from 63 nations participated in the seventh edition of the CommScope Global Enterprise Survey.

"It's clear from the survey that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is a growing trend and places a heavy demand on organisational infrastructure, while weighing heavily on the minds of most network IT professionals," said Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions, at CommScope.

The survey found a noticeable gap between usage of mobile devices within enterprise facilities and the capability of those buildings to enable wireless traffic.

According to the survey, 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.

"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," said St. Cyr.

Forty-four percent of surveyed respondents pointed to cloud services as a top game-changer and expect that importance to grow. 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.      

Nearly a third of respondents indicated that 40GbE and 100GbE would have a significant impact on their future operations, with a majority citing the emergence of laser-optimised multimode. There was also consensus among the respondents as to their installation strategies for future data centres. Sixty-one percent of operators favoured a pre-terminated data centre solution as opposed to a field-terminated solution.

Nearly one in three of surveyed participants mentioned the need for intelligent infrastructure as an IT infrastructure game-changer. The key driver, cited in 61 percent of the surveys, is the increasing demand for greater productivity.

Energy usage is still near the top of many respondents' minds. One-fourth of respondents indicated that energy and green initiatives would be a game-changer over the next five years. On average, respondents are looking to reduce energy consumption by 18 percent; their strategies involve server virtualisation, consolidations and cloud computing.


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