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Sponsored Report Better architecture needed % of respondents saying their agencies need to implement a network architecture that can handle higher volumes of data AGREE DISAGREE NEUTRAL Despite intense budget pres- sures, agency leaders have realized that they cannot afford not to invest in network and stor- age modernization. In a new survey of government IT professionals, 72 percent of respondents said their agencies planned to increase spending on their network and storage infra- structures. Only 8 percent said their budgets would decrease. The results of the survey, con- ducted by the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, re ect a broader recognition that existing infra- structures could soon be over- whelmed by the current rate of growth in data. Sixty-six percent of respondents said their agencies needed "to implement a network architecture that will enable high- velocity data capture, discovery, storage and analytics." But it s not just a matter of keep- ing up with the data. Agencies also are adopting cloud computing, mo- bile computing, big data and other technologies that can have a sig- ni cant impact on the IT infrastruc- ture. They need to ensure that the infrastructure has both the capacity and exibility to accommodate the evolving IT environment. Agencies have made some progress in network modernization. For example, 59 percent of respon- dents said their organizations had already installed wide-area net- work optimization appliances, and 49 percent said core routers and switches had been upgraded. On the other hand, only 38 percent said their agencies had upgraded network services at the edge -- but 52 percent said that would happen within the next year. They also have made progress on storage modernization, upgrad- ing their capabilities for off-site data storage and archiving (55 percent) and incorporating continu- ous data protection into backup functions (54 percent). Target investment areas for the next year include storage snapshot tech- nologies, data tiering, data de-duplication and e-discovery. Without a doubt, it would be tempting for agencies to try to make do with their existing net- work infrastructure, particularly when it comes to networking. Analysts at the Aberdeen Group, a market research and consulting rm, observe that from the mid- 1990s through the mid-2000s, many enterprises avoided making signi cant changes to their core network technology. But that is beginning to change, largely because that old-school networking technology simply is failing to keep up, with over- worked networks leading to "poor performance, increased downtime and unhappy end-users," writes Jim Rapoza, a senior research analyst for networking and appli- cation performance. "By rethinking their network approach, these organizations boost productivity, enable invest- ment in new technologies, and increase the reliability of their technology," he writes. • FULL REPORT ONLINE, Go to FCW.com/NetworkingandStorage Network complexity poses performance challenge Virtualization looms large in network planning Storage managers face big jump in data storage Storage planning to mix new and old solutions Other Network and Storage Research Report Articles BEST PRACTICES IN NETWORKING AND STORAGE EFFICIENCY Agencies invest in infrastructure upgrades Source: 1105 Public Sector Media Group study 66% 14% 20%
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