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Infonetics survey says cloud leads networking initiatives
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Infonetics survey says cloud leads networking initiatives 

 Infonetics surveyed 207 North American organizations with a minimum of 100 employees.

“Our just-finished survey on network equipment spending indicates the outlook for network equipment is healthy,” noted Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research, in a press release. “Enterprises are expecting double-digit growth in their expenditures this year and next. How they are spending their budgets is changing, and allocations towards wireless LAN, network monitoring, and switches are growing. Greater spending on branch office infrastructure is also anticipated, a sign of confidence in continued economic expansion.”

“One of the most interesting findings is that cloud has emerged as the number-1 networking initiative over the next 12 months,” added Machowinski.” Companies are embracing the cloud in a services model as well as building their own cloud-architected data centers, and this means upgrades to network infrastructure.”

The survey highlights that companies’ 2013 expenditure on networking equipment, on average, is just above $1.1 million and a 19 percent increase is anticipated. Wireless LAN budgets are increasing and becoming second in priority. North America’s economic foresight into new opportunities is paving way for companies to spend more money on branch offices as opposed to headquarters. Cisco stands first in line as equipment vendor according to respondents’ rating, and next comes Juniper.

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