Riverbed Technology today announced the results of the Riverbed Future of Networking Global Survey 2017, which explores the impact both legacy infrastructure and next-generation networks have on cloud adoption and digital transformation initiatives. The global survey, which includes responses from 1,000 IT decision makers across nine countries, including 100 in India, revealed an incredible level of agreement that legacy infrastructures are holding back their cloud and digital strategies. Nearly all respondents from India (98%) agree that legacy network infrastructure will have difficulty keeping pace with the changing demands of the cloud and hybrid networks. Conversely, 94% of respondents say their organization’s cloud strategy will only reach its full potential with a next-gen network, and 98% agree that a next generation network is critical to keep up with the needs of their business and end users.
The survey also found there is a current gap in the adoption of next generation technology such as SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking) that will accelerate the cloud and digital transformation, however a tipping point is near. Of the IT decision makers in India surveyed, 92% plan to migrate to SD-WAN within the next four years, up from just 3% today (compared to 4% globally).
“This survey and the resulting data reveal the tremendous pressure that IT decision makers in India and globally are under to execute their cloud strategies, achieve digital transformation and keep pace with the speed of innovation that is the norm in today’s hypercompetitive markets,” said Bjorn Engelhardt, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology. “It was almost unanimous that to have a successful cloud strategy, organizations must adapt next-gen software-defined networking immediately to support it. Riverbed is dedicated to ensuring this transformation is successful and that organizations are able to achieve the operational agility needed to thrive through the use of SD-WAN for cloud networking.”
Legacy Networks Are a Barrier to Cloud and Digital Success
Currently, performance pains experienced by businesses are glaring, as 42% report that they experience cloud-related network issues specifically caused by their legacy infrastructure a few times a month or more; and 90% said it impacts their business at least monthly. Unfortunately, 79% of these same decision makers say they are still several years away from reaching the full potential of digital transformation, in part due to their legacy infrastructure. This gap between realization and actual deployment is consistent from companies across verticals such as financial, manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, communications and media, and IT services, and could threaten their competitive positions in their respective markets.
The inability of these networks to support cloud-centric applications and workloads and just as importantly, provide end-to-end visibility into their performance is viewed as a real challenge to cloud success. 84% of Indian respondents stated both legacy networking infrastructure and lack of visibility into the cloud are barrier to their cloud strategy reaching its full potential – this, compared to 69% globally.
Companies are struggling with legacy networks, which are not suited to meet the demands of today’s cloud based applications and their accompanying workloads. Simply put, legacy networks are dysfunctional for the business.
Factors Driving Businesses to Next Generation Networks
In the survey, 60% of Indian respondents acknowledge that achieving operational agility is critical to the success of a modern enterprise, and next generation networks as well as the technology to support them are key to reaching this goal. Other top factors driving the move to next generation networking technology:
58% – successfully achieving digital transformation initiatives
53% – a strategic move to the cloud and hybrid networks
54% – growing need for mobility
57% – rising customer and end user expectations (*higher than the global average of 52%)
42% – support for IoT devices
Next Generation Cloud Networking and SD-WAN
While a current gap exists in the adoption of next-gen technology to support cloud and digital transformation in the enterprise, this is changing quickly. Of those surveyed, 100% agree that within two years SD-WAN technology will be critical in next generation networks to manage cloud and hybrid. And while only 3% of those surveyed are currently benefitting from SD-WAN today, within two years 54% plan to migrate to SD-WAN, and 92% within four years.
Indian IT decision makers see a variety of benefits for SD-WAN, each ranking fairly close:
· Increase application performance (40%)
· Network automation and ability to prioritize apps (55%)
· Unified connectivity across entire network (43%)
· Network visibility and monitoring (47%)
· Simplicity/ease of management (51%)
· Increased network security (46%)
· Integration with WAN optimization (37%)
· Instant cloud connectivity to AWS and Azure (44%)
· Decreased costs (29%)
Updating legacy networks and anchoring next-gen networking with technology such as SD-WAN will have many positive outcomes for the enterprises according to IT decision makers including: greater efficiency due to better use of bandwidth (47%); increased productivity (55%); greater opportunities for expansion (52%); increased revenue (45%); greater agility (42%); and improvement on digital initiatives (52%).
Riverbed Delivers Solutions for Cloud and Digital World
Riverbed is delivering solutions to help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking, and improve end user experience, allowing enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives to reach their full potential. Riverbed’s integrated platform delivers the agility, visibility, and performance businesses need to be successful in a cloud and digital world. By leveraging Riverbed’s solutions, organizations can deliver apps, data, and services from any public, private, or hybrid cloud across any network to any end-point. Solutions include:
· Riverbed SteelConnect is an SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN) solution that unifies network connectivity and orchestration of application delivery across hybrid WANs, remote LANs, and cloud networks with a complete line of WAN gateways, LAN switches, and Riverbed Xirrus WiFi access points managed centrally from a cloud console.
· Riverbed SteelCentral is a complete performance management platform and control suite that uniquely provides unified visibility spanning all aspects of user experience, application, and network performance.
· Riverbed SteelHead is the industry’s leading solution for accelerated delivery of applications across the hybrid WAN, speeds the performance of cloud applications by overcoming the combined challenges of bandwidth limitations and latency on the WAN. This improves the experience for end-users – regardless of their location.
· Riverbed SteelFusion is the first and only branch and remote office infrastructure solution designed to enable a software-defined edge and centralizing 100% of branch data and services into data centers and the cloud without compromising local performance or availability for workers at the edge.