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TheInfoPro Networking service provides market data on technologies, industry opportunities and trends in the networking market. The source of the market intelligence is a series of one-on-one interviews with pre-screened decision-makers spanning the Global 2000 and MSEs. This service is designed to help today’s IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors make informed decisions to improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses. Learn More...

Advisory Reports

TIP Insight / Networking: March 24, 2014
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The vendor seeks to capitalize on existing plans and has been able to expand beyond WAN optimization to make strides forward in other markets. The results of the ongoing Wave 11 Networking Study will show if Riverbed's growth in key markets continues.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Insight / Networking: March 12, 2014
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A majority of large and midsize enterprises have already implemented 10GigE at the core of their networks, and some are now eyeing higher-speed Ethernet options, such as 40GigE and 100GigE.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Insight / Networking: February 11, 2014
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Vendors should understand the impact of modern technologies on enterprise networks so they can offer products that alleviate network pressures and enable networking professionals to foster a proactive approach to capacity and performance management.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Insight / Networking: October 14, 2013
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Calling anything an existential threat to Cisco in the short term is ignoring the company's dominance in nearly every meaningful network technology today.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Insight / Networking: August 20, 2013
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The UC arena is dominated by Cisco, with Microsoft and Avaya offering significant contending options. Other players fall behind for 'in use' implementations. Some users choose to combine products from different vendors to get the best of all offerings.
Nikolay Yamakawa     Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Insight / Networking: August 6, 2013
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Intrusion-detection and -prevention systems have the unusual distinction of being a mature and highly penetrated security technology (80% in-use at large enterprises), and yet at the same time a highly contested one among the leading vendors.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Insight / Networking: June 11, 2013
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This survey of perimeter security solutions crosses over to the Information Security Study, looking at technologies the network manager will have his or her hands in.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Insight / Networking: April 25, 2013
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As the total number of interviews for the 10th Networking Study passes the century mark, some early trends are emerging. Notable among these signs is the relative positivity of networking budgets in 2013.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Insight / Networking: February 20, 2013
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10-Gigabit Ethernet continues to grow, with networking managers using the performance upgrade as a precursor project to business initiatives such as unified communications rollouts.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Insight / Networking: November 20, 2012
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Amid shifting technology trends, layoffs and missed financial expectations, Cisco remains the most mentioned networking provider in TheInfoPro's current Networking Study.
Daniel Kennedy     

Thursday's TIPs

TIP Thursday / Networking - April 24, 2014
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While many networking pros cited increased year-over-year traffic, a greater percentage said there has been no real shift in traffic patterns. Other shifts in traffic patterns are associated with security upgrades and wireless.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Thursday / Networking - April 10, 2014
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Despite its staid reputation, there has been some evolutionary shake-up in the firewall space, and measuring spending intentions is still a good barometer of general network refresh rates.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Thursday / Networking - March 27, 2014
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To minimize customer attrition, vendors should align their strategy with the needs of their clientele based on future requirements and existing skill sets. At the same time, it is critical to innovate, so having several options available is optimal.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Thursday / Networking - March 13, 2014
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The proliferation of 'bring your own device' (BYOD) is rejuvenating enterprise interest in network-based authentication control (NAC), which may serve as an integral part of managing enterprise mobile device security alongside MDM and MAM.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Thursday / Networking - February 27, 2014
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Only 3% of current customers we interviewed for the Networking Study stated they were definitely considering a switch away from Cisco's products. The top reason for switching is product functionality, cited by 40% of interviewees.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Thursday / Networking - February 13, 2014
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Reflecting the large size of interviewees' enterprises, a plurality reported that their network consisted of 50 or more discrete sites (43%). The other extreme occurs at the bottom, with 29% reporting between one and 10 discrete sites.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Thursday / Networking - January 30, 2014
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When it comes to measuring the networking team's efficiency, defining applicable metrics is not always easy for large and midsized enterprises. Almost a third, or 30%, do not have formal measures, while those who do most commonly use availability.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Thursday / Networking - January 16, 2014
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The SDN space is at the early stages of development, but Cisco has already outlined its vision of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) that enterprises will be able to take full advantage of in 2014.
Nikolay Yamakawa     
TIP Thursday / Networking - January 2, 2014
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Unified communications sits atop the voice and video category, as well as much of the study's technologies as a whole, ranking fourth in the overall Heat Index.
Daniel Kennedy     
TIP Thursday / Networking - December 12, 2013
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The first half of 2013 shook up the mix of leading content delivery network vendors, with Akamai replacing Cisco as king of the hill.
Nikolay Yamakawa     

Reference Reports

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 05, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
Capturing networking professionals' adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers four technologies including: Ethernet LAN, WAN routers, ISPs/carriers, firewalls, and SSL VPNs. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Technology Roadmap report.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 05, 2013
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Capturing networking professionals' adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers 17 technologies including: 802.11ac next-generation wireless, WAN optimization, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, FCoE, IPv6, CDNs, software-defined networking, NAC, virtual networking, converged infrastructure, and I/O virtualization.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 05, 2013
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Capturing networking professionals' adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers six technologies including: data access monitoring, network-based application performance management, network fault monitoring, CMDB, and dynamic bandwidth allocation or provisioning. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Technology Roadmap report.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 05, 2013
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      executive summary Table of Contents
Allowing comparison of all 33 technologies tracked in the study, this high-level reference contains the Technology Heat Index, the Adoption Index, leading vendor tables, overall technology roadmap and spending charts. It also indicates what is included in the more detailed reports based on each technology segment covered in the study.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 05, 2013
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Capturing networking professionals' adoption plans, projected spending and vendor short-lists, the in-depth roadmap covers five technologies including: unified communications solutions, IP video conferencing, telepresence, VoIP desktop/client software, and session border controllers. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Technology Roadmap report.
Daniel Kennedy     


TheInfoPro Networking:  August 16, 2013
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Summarizing IT professionals' assessments for each of 10 vendors, this report profiles individual vendors based on spending, vulnerability and ratings on 14 categories. Time series are included. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Vendor Profile series of reports.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 09, 2013
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TheInfoPro's unique Market Window uses IT professionals' ratings of vendors on 14 separate criteria to calculate scores for Vendor Promise and Vendor Fulfillment, allowing comparison of vendors' effectiveness at strategy, marketing, delivery and execution. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Vendor Performance report.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  August 09, 2013
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This report allows you to compare IT professionals' spending intentions and loyalty ratings for 10 vendors. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Vendor Performance report.
Daniel Kennedy     


TheInfoPro Networking:  July 30, 2013
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Benchmarking networking environments and organizational efficiency, this report contains metrics such as the number of sites in a network, number of internal and external employees, and networking team structure. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Industry Profile.
Daniel Kennedy     

TheInfoPro Networking:  July 30, 2013
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Networking professionals describe how 2013 looks for budgets, projects and pain points with time series charts to give perspective to the coming year. In prior studies, this research appeared in the Industry Profile.
Daniel Kennedy     


TheInfoPro Networking:  August 16, 2013
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Compiling open-ended commentary from in-depth interviews with networking professionals, you hear the direct 'voice of the customer' discussing technology, their industry and the future of this sector.
Daniel Kennedy     


TheInfoPro Networking:  September 11, 2013
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Designed for IT professionals, this report captures highlights from the complete study, and provides business intelligence in the form of technological roadmaps, budget trends, voice-of-the-customer narratives and vendor spending plans and performance ratings.
Daniel Kennedy     

 

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