A recent study, conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), surveyed 150 IT professionals from multiple industries (including financial, business services, manufacturing, and retail) on network performance and security challenges. The results confirm that the complexity of modern enterprise networks is increasing due to data centre consolidation, server virtualisation/private cloud, compute layer virtualisation, new application architectures, and the shift to dense 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) or higher network speeds, and that these factors necessitate deeper levels of network visibility to aid in the management and troubleshooting of these networks. Of particular note, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of respondents stated that they expect the number of requests to capture network data (including metadata and packet-level data) to increase dramatically, driven by the needs of a variety of IT groups including network architecture, security, compliance, applications, and IT audit teams.
“The results of this survey point to exactly why enterprises need the ability to collect and monitor all network traffic - to improve network performance, security, and availability and to maintain regulatory compliance,” said Mike Riley, senior vice president and general manager, Endace division of Emulex. “The impact on the enterprise bottom line of network outages and security events is very large, and will only continue to grow. By implementing comprehensive network visibility architectures, organisations will be better prepared to ensure network performance, security, and compliance, and to dramatically reduce the time to find and fix critical problems.”