Let’s face it, we are in an age of digital transformation where businesses of all types are racing toward the cloud in an effort to achieve business agility. IT research firm IDC says that companies will spend $2 trillion on digital transformation initiatives by 2020; Gartner expects enterprise cloud spending to grow to $383 billion by 2020. Yet, the ground reality is that businesses are struggling to maintain agility with their current infrastructure, as 98% say their legacy networks will have difficulty keeping pace with changing demands of the cloud, points out a recent survey by Riverbed Technology.
The Riverbed Future of Networking Global Survey 2017 explores the impact both legacy infrastructure and next-generation networks have on cloud adoption and digital transformation initiatives. The 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.“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, companies must adapt next-gen software-defined networking immediately to support it.”
Simply put, legacy networks are dysfunctional for the business.