Networks at risk for outages, increased maintenance and degraded performance
Softchoice's analysis of 78 corporate networking environments reveals that neglecting device management is exposing organizations to the risk of network outage, ratcheting up maintenance costs, and degrading network performance. While global spending on network security is estimated at more than $7B annually and growing, without effective asset management, network maintenance represents a significant and largely overlooked threat to many organizations.
The findings of Softchoice's Strategic Network Infrastructure study come after a series of high profile outages that included some of North America's largest banks, wireless providers and e-commerce sites. The fallout has tarnished major brand names and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues for both organizations and consumers.
"In the age of mobility and cloud computing, the network is arguably the most important pillar in today's IT environment," said David MacDonald, president and CEO of Softchoice. "Whether due to a lack of tools and resources or effective strategy, network maintenance is becoming an Achilles heel for many organizations."
Over the past two years Softchoice analyzed network devices housed at 78 small, mid-market and enterprise organizations from across the United States and Canada. Key findings include:
"Like good engineering, network infrastructure is largely invisible until it becomes an issue or worse, front page news," added Jason Mcneill, Director of Business Development for Softchoice. "Organizations need to apply the same rigor to the network as they do to managing other essential IT assets. That means establishing processes so you know where these devices are in terms of their lifecycle, what updates are required and tracking maintenance coverage on a consistent basis."
As a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice's holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation and asset management services, as well as providing access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With more than 1100 employees, Softchoice manages the technology needs of thousands of corporate and public sector organizations across the United States and Canada.
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