Nearly half of large mid-market and enterprise organizations will increase networking spending in 2011

Focus on security, network management, and WLAN

According to the 2011 IT Spending Survey from ESG Research, 47% of large mid-market (i.e. 500-1000 employees) and enterprise (i.e. 1000 employees or more) organizations will increase spending on networking products and services in 2011. This is about the same percentage as 2010 and up from the recession doldrums of 2009 when 37% of companies planned on increasing networking spending. Analyzed a bit further, 50% of enterprise organizations plan on increasing networking spending as do 43% of large mid-market organizations. From an industry perspective, wholesale/retail organizations top the chart as 61% say they will increase networking spending. At the other end of the list, 41% of federal agencies plan on a network spending increase. Yes, there is a 20% gap between these extremes but 41% is still pretty good. What type of networking technology will they spend on? Here's the top 5 priorities: 42% Network security 34% Network management 28% WLAN 27% VOIP equipment 22% WAN optimization equipment The ESG Research data indicates that 2011 should be a good year for the networking industry. With all of the data center consolidation, server virtualization, and cloud computing planning, it may get even better than we think.

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