State of the Network | 2009

Economic Downturn Spurs Virtualization, Unified Communications Growth

Findings show that despite experiencing the gravest economic downturn since World War II, three-quarters of companies will have invested in virtualization and unified communications by year's end due to perceived cost savings and quick return on investments.

However, 75 percent of the organizations rushing to roll out new network technologies lack the tools and visibility needed to monitor and troubleshoot performance problems.
"While organizations have the right idea investing in technologies that reduce corporate expenses and improve productivity, they're failing to invest in appropriate monitoring tools," said Charles Thompson, Product Manager of VIAVI Solutions.

Study Highlights:

Virtualization rollouts surge: Respondents predict over half of applications will run on virtual machines by 2011.

IT mostly unaffected by recession: Sixty-five percent of network teams haven’t or do not expect to experience layoffs.

Emerging tech challenges: Forty-five percent saw virtualization as the greatest emerging monitoring challenge, followed by UC, cloud, and IPV6.