Most Critical Factors When Evaluating Networking Solutions Providers. CenturyLink, Inc.


Reliability, security and quality of service all rank above cost when evaluating networking solutions providers, states a new report released by CenturyLink, Inc.

Conducted by Spiceworks, a commissioned report surveyed U.S.-based IT professionals who have influence on their organizations' Ethernet, MPLS and SD-WAN purchase decisions. The survey gathered data around the challenges, benefits and drivers of utilizing these networking technologies. Noteworthy findings include:

* Nearly half of respondents preferred purchasing networking solutions as part of a bundled offering, as opposed to a single solution.

* Nearly three out of 10 respondents believe their organizations will require significantly more bandwidth in the next three years, and more than eight out of ten respondents said their organization will require more bandwidth.

* More than 70 percent of organizations using Ethernet and MPLS, and more than 60 percent using SD-WAN, are considering or evaluating vendors to assist with technology solutions.

"As IT professionals work to meet the increasingly complex technology demands of their organizations, they are looking to deploy versatile networks that can scale with company growth," said Eric Barrett, director of marketing, CenturyLink. "Regardless of the type of networking technology being utilized, reliability, security and quality are the driving factors when selecting a solutions provider."

What IT professionals think of Ethernet

Businesses appreciate Ethernet because it delivers higher bandwidth and capacity to better manage data growth and application performance, as well as enhanced security. The report found that a majority of respondents deploy Ethernet for either Carrier (60 percent) or Metro (46 percent) solutions. When asked how their organization plans to utilize Ethernet in the future, respondents cited business-critical applications and workloads including email, database management, cloud-hosted services, big-data analytics and development/testing. While most current Ethernet solutions are used for local coverage, other connections--such as Point-to-Multipoint and Multipoint-to-Multipoint --are expected to increase.

What IT professionals think of MPLS

MPLS offers an advanced networking solution to businesses that want to create private...

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