As enterprises build out their digital strategies, IT infrastructure is rapidly evolving to keep up. Throughout all this change, though, the network remains vital. In fact, the network is becoming more critical than ever as connectivity demands skyrocket with mobile workforces, the rise of the internet of things, and the proliferation of cloud applications.
To that end, companies are ramping up their networking infrastructure, according to the Interop ITX and InformationWeek 2018 State of Infrastructure study. The survey, which polled 150 IT leaders and practitioners from a range of industries and company sizes, found that organizations are focused on adding bandwidth, investigating ways to modernize their networks with software, and expanding their wireless networking capabilities.
However, their overriding priority is network security: 59% of those polled cited it as one of their top three priorities for network investments for the coming 12 months. The result isn't too surprising given all the high-profile breaches in the news, including the massive Equifax breach that so far has affected an estimated 145.5 million US consumers. After all, a secure, reliable network is essential to digital business.
Continue reading to find out the top networking trends in the enterprise for the upcoming year. For the full survey results, download the complete report.
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