When network managers participating in the 9th Networking Study were asked how the design of their internal networks would change based on new technologies including cloud deployments, unified communications, virtualization and mobile proliferation, the top answer beyond not doing anything was ‘increase bandwidth.’ This is, in part, driving 10-Gigabit Ethernet rollouts in enterprises, which are a top new project in this study, reflected in responses such as ‘core refresh,’ the sixth-ranked answer below.
The response ‘server virtualization’ is tied to how managers are handling virtualization. Following that are a series of answers tied to making more efficient use of existing network bandwidth, including implementing quality of service (QoS), at 6%; WAN optimization, at 3%; and network segmentation, also at 3%.
When it comes to making the network responsive to new technologies, respondents had the following points to make:
- “We are segmenting the voice and data bandwidth.”
- “I think that the biggest thing is compression due to bandwidth restraints.”
- “QoS may be more of an issue in the future. Perhaps, UCS with media added may have some significant results in the future. We may have to rethink policies due to bandwidth needs.”
- “Not really, we did a lot of the design last year with a 10Gb backbone.”