Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study.

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Network Instruments, have recently released its Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study. The results suggest a potential management storm as IT teams face significant monitoring challenges from multiple forms of cloud computing, as well as substantially increased bandwidth demands.

Study Highlights

* Moving apps to the cloud: 60% anticipate half of their apps will run in the cloud within 12 months

* Video is mainstream: 70% will implement video conferencing within a year

* Bandwidth demand driven by video: 25% expect video will consume half of all bandwidth in 12 months

* Chief application challenge: 83% were most challenged by identifying the problem source

* Increased bandwidth demands: 33% expect bandwidth consumption to increase by more than 50% in next two years.

"While IT teams embrace cloud services and video conferencing as a way to increase cost savings and business flexibility, these technologies introduce new components and environments which make ensuring positive end-user experience all the more challenging," said Brad Reinboldt, senior product manager of Network Instruments. "The reported lack of monitoring tools, quality metrics, and visibility create serious obstacles that prevent IT from effectively managing performance and jeopardize costly technology investments,"

Cloud Computing

While the number of organizations embracing cloud (60%) remains steady compared to last year's study results, the number of implementations per organization is growing. Most notably were Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (laaS), and private cloud deployments--which grew by 10% over the last year. On average, respondents expected one-third of their applications to be running in the cloud within 12 months. Seventy-four percent of respondents indicated their chief concern about cloud migration was ensuring corporate data security. The number is nearly double that of last year, and may be the primary reason for slowing cloud adoption by new organizations. Other top concerns included lack of accurate end-user experience monitoring and the bandwidth impact of cloud services.

Although challenging from a monitoring and visibility perspective, one-third of organizations indicated application availability increased as a result of cloud migration.

Video Conferencing

After many false starts, enterprise video conferencing is now mainstream. Video conferencing has been implemented by 55%, with an expected 70% within a year...

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