Data centre availability is primary concern for virtualization and software-defined networking

New research from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) among channel resellers across the globe has revealed that “data centre availability” is their customers´ biggest concern (40 percent of respondents).

Moreover, the survey indicated that this concern is limiting innovation and the adoption of next-generation applications and services. This poses an immediate opportunity for the channel to seize a competitive advantage by becoming strategic advisors to global enterprises and helping them understand how fabric-based data centre environments deliver tomorrow´s networks TODAY.

The research — conducted among 350 global resellers and systems integrators with the support of Avnet, TD Azlan, TechData, Arrow ECS, edsLAN, immix group, Mindware and Westcon — found that 60 percent of end users view fabrics as the future of networks. However, willingness to invest in data centre networks remains a key stumbling block to enterprises´ ability to deploy the on-demand, highly flexible and robust infrastructure they need. Almost a third of the channel said that their customers only invested in networks to support the deployment of a specific new application or service, and more than one in 10 admitted that investment was made only when the network was already failing.

Brocade Communications Systems engages in the supply of Internet protocol based Ethernet networking solutions and storage area networking solutions to businesses and organizations worldwide. The company´s website is at http://www.brocade.com.

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