DiData Survey: BYOD, Virtualization Major Network Threats
While the benefits of virtualization and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives offer clear advantages to businesses of all sizes, a worrying report from Dimension Data suggests the growing demands of mobility, video support and high-bandwidth applications could prove to be too much for underlying IT network infrastructure.
Security is also a major issue, according to the company’s 2012 Network Barometer Report, with a whopping two-thirds of all devices assessed in 2011 having at least one known security vulnerability. Of the known security vulnerabilities discovered, four of the top 10 most prevalent were new, the report found, suggesting the need for more comprehensive patch management and vulnerability screening.
The current focus on user endpoints such as notebooks, tablets, smartphones or virtual machines needs to be complemented by careful monitoring of basic routing and switching equipment, which forms the core of the network.
On the positive side, the findings suggest organizations are upgrading the wireless access points at the edge of their network “aggressively” to reap the benefits of the most recent Wi-Fi standard 802.11n, which offers higher speeds than previous standards, as well as new levels of coverage, reliability and performance for data, voice, video and other mobile services.
“Without adequate planning organizations can expect traffic jams and performance bottlenecks. It’s like building a number of new onramps onto a motorway, and not adding new lanes to carry the additional traffic,” noted Dimension Data’s business development director for network integration, Raoul Tecala.
Taking the “onramp” theme a little farther, Dimension Data’s report could serve as an onramp for VARs looking for ways to increase their services palette and their visibility with customers. Mobility is hot hot hot, and the myriad services that wrap around mobility can be an easy in for the channel.