This trend mirrors the slowdown in MEA and Australia economies.
Meanwhile the economic slump in Asia Pacific has inflated the region's percentage of ageing devices, according to Sultana.
"The Americas continued its steady growth, which resulted in a higher percentage of ageing devices, although not quite as high as in other regions," he said. Three verticals showed large increases: financial services (13 per cent); government, healthcare, and education (11 per cent); and service providers and telecommunications (33 per cent).
Sultana said he was seeing organisations becoming more economical in their approach, and more willing to risk getting by with ageing equipment for the sake of running lean. "The single most important thing organisations can do to ensure their networks are able to support business is to invest in their operational support tools and processes," Sultana said.
He believes that problem and change management are particularly important. "However, it's best if business needs drive changes in a network's architecture, rather than refreshing technology simply for the sake of avoiding obsolescence."
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