Cisco survey forecasts the growth in virtualization

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 29 March 2010, 07:30 Hrs
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Mumbai: A rapid embracing of virtualization will be there in the near future in digital infrastructure, reveals a survey. The study reveals the trends that are driving innovation, including virtualization, security and risk management, unified communications, video, and real-time collaboration.

More than two-thirds of the CCIE holders surveyed said virtualization will be the top networking investment over the next five years as the organizations focus on reducing IT costs.

Over the next three to five years, security and risk management will be the networking skills in greatest demand, according to 64 percent of the survey participants. One out of three expects network and information security breaches to remain a top concern of Chief Information Officers over the next five years. As organizations embrace collaboration technologies across business and geographic boundaries, network security will continue to be a critical component of IT strategy.

Unified communications will lead to increased collaboration in the workforce, 47 percent of the CCIE holders said. Collaboration and Web conferencing solutions will play a key role as enterprises prepare to address the complexities of this highly mobile, highly collaborative global business environment.

The survey was conducted among the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) community. Cisco commissioned the survey in connection with its 25th anniversary celebrations. The research was conducted by Illuminas, a strategic research firm.

A total of 970 CCIE certificate holders from 79 countries participated in the survey, their employees range from Fortune 500 enterprises to small and midsize organizations representing a wide variety of industries.

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