89 Percent Of Business IT Decision Makers Surveyed Consider Network Security Crucial in 2010
Cost Control and Strategic Network Investment a Balancing Act for Organizations
However, cost control was also one of the top priorities for 2010, with 56 percent rating it as a key objective. This figure is higher among those who either exceeded or met their financial targets (57 percent) than those who mostly missed them (51 percent).
The findings, part of Juniper's recently commissioned High - Performance Business survey*, highlight the delicate balance between commercial imperatives that drive cost savings and business demands that require IT decision makers to keep technology performance and security front of mind.
"As Europe emerges from recession, businesses need to weigh up the immediate cost implications of technology expenditure versus the longer term strategic benefits that changes to their network infrastructure can deliver," said Gert-Jan Schenk, senior vice president, EMEA, Juniper Networks. "Security concerns will always be front of mind as threats to the network become more sophisticated and compliance more rigorous, but the solution is not going to be found in protecting oldstyle networks. It's going to take a new approach, focusing on simplicity, mobility and openness throughout the network."
Change in Annual Trends: OPEX & CAPEX Focus Increased
Comparing yearly trends to Juniper's 2008-09 High-Performance Business survey, the current research points towards an increasing focus on network cost, with OPEX now a focus for 73 percent compared to 66 percent in 2008. The emphasis on capital expenditure (CAPEX) as a priority rose from 61 percent to 67 percent although those changes were seen largely among French and German respondents, while data from the UK, where particularly high importance is placed on costs by respondents, remained relatively unchanged.
These findings demonstrate that IT departments are now, more than ever, appreciating the role they play in the success of the overall business - and while maintaining a secure network must be a fundamental focus, the big opportunity is in the dramatic performance enhancements and reduced OPEX that can be achieved through improving infrastructure to create a highperformance network.
*Juniper Networks commissioned Loudhouse, an independent research consultancy, to survey the state of enterprise networks in Europe at the start of 2010. 500 IT decisionmakers in mediumtolarge enterprises (1000 employees or more) in the UK, France, Germany and the Benelux were interviewed to shed light on the position in which European businesses find themselves, what their plans are for the future and where innovative network solutions fit into the mix.
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