Business leaders who responded to a new Infonetics Research survey said that cloud is their No. 1 networking initiative.
"Our just-finished survey on network equipment spending indicates the outlook for network equipment is healthy. 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," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.
The survey found that companies spent, on average, more than $1.1 million on networking equipment in 2013, and they expect to increase spending by 19 percent this year. In addition, wireless LAN (WLAN) budget allocations are on the rise among those surveyed, now the No. 2 investment area.
Infonetics says the economic outlook for North America is positive as companies are looking to capitalize on new opportunities, leading to an expenditure shift from headquarters to branch offices.
Among vendors, three-quarters of respondents consider Cisco the top network equipment vendor, an even better showing than the company made in last year’s Infonetics survey. Juniper Networks made the biggest gain, up three positions among respondents’ picks of top vendors.
"One of the most interesting findings is that cloud has emerged as the number-1 networking initiative over the next 12 months,” Machowinski added. “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."
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