Riverbed Future of Networking Survey Finds Legacy Networks Holding Back Cloud and Digital Transformation in Asia Pacific

Riverbed Future of Networking Survey Finds Legacy Networks Holding Back Cloud and Digital Transformation in Asia Pacific

  • 98% of APAC IT Decision Makers Say Next-Gen Networks Critical to Keep Up with Business
  • Businesses are struggling to maintain agility with their current infrastructure as 99% say their legacy networks will have difficulty keeping pace with changing demands of cloud
  • Outdated network infrastructure issues are widespread with 90% reporting cloud-related network issues monthly, and 58% frequently (several times monthly)
  • APAC Enterprises are on the verge of adopting SD-WAN to help manage cloud and hybrid networks; while only 6% surveyed are benefitting today, 92% plan to migrate to SD-WAN within four years

SINGAPORE – September 21, 2017 – Riverbed Technology today announced the results of the Riverbed Future of Networking Global Survey 2017, which explores the impact both legacy infrastructure and next-generation networks have on cloud adoption and digital transformation. The global survey, which includes responses from 1,000 IT decision makers across nine countries – including Japan, China, India and Australia - revealed an incredible level of agreement that legacy infrastructures are holding back their cloud and digital strategies. Nearly all respondents in Asia Pacific (99%) agree thatlegacy network infrastructure will have difficulty keeping pace with the changing demands of the cloud and hybrid networks. Conversely, 93% of respondents say their organization’s cloud strategy will only reach its full potential with a next generation network, and 98% agree that a next-gen network is critical to keep up with the needs of their business and end users. 

The survey also found there is a current gap in the adoption of next generation technology such as SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking) that will accelerate the cloud and digital transformation, however a tipping point is near. Of the APAC IT decision makers surveyed, 92% plan to migrate to SD-WAN within the next four years, up from just 6% today.

“This survey and the resulting data reveal the tremendous pressure that IT decision makers in Asia Pacific are under to execute their cloud strategies, achieve digital transformation and keep pace with the speed of innovation that is the norm in today’s hypercompetitive markets,” said Bjorn Engelhardt, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology. “It was almost unanimous that to have a successful cloud strategy, organizations must adapt next-gen software-defined networking immediately to support it. Riverbed is dedicated to ensuring this transformation is successful and that organizations are able to achieve the operational agility needed to thrive through the use of SD-WAN for cloud networking.”

Legacy Networks Are a Barrier to Cloud and Digital Success
Currently, performance pains experienced by businesses in APAC are glaring, as nearly half (48%) report that they experience cloud-related network issues specifically caused by their legacy infrastructure a few times a month or more; and 90% said it impacts their business at least monthly. Unfortunately, 85% of these same decision makers say they are still several years away from reaching the full potential of digital transformation, in part due to their legacy infrastructure. This number jumps to 90 percent for respondents in China and 94 percent in Japan. This gap between realization and actual deployment is consistent from companies across verticals such as financial, manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, communications and media, and IT services, and could threaten their competitive positions in their respective markets.

The inability of these networks to support cloud-centric applications and workloads and just as importantly, provide end-to-end visibility into their performance is viewed as a real challenge to cloud success. 70% of APAC respondents stated legacy networking infrastructure is a barrier to their cloud strategy reaching its full potential. This number jumps to 82% in India, the highest percentage globally.  Lack of visibility into the cloud is another key barrier (67%).

Companies are struggling with legacy networks, which are not suited to meet the demands of today’s cloud based applications and their accompanying workloads. Simply put, legacy networks are dysfunctional for the business.

Factors Driving Businesses to Next Generation Networks
In the survey, 55% of respondents acknowledge that achieving operational agility is critical to the success of a modern enterprise, and next generation networks as well as the technology to support them are key to reaching this goal. Other top factors driving the move to next generation networking technology:
  • 56% – successfully achieving digital transformation initiatives
  • 55% – a strategic move to the cloud and hybrid networks
  • 54% – growing demand for mobility
  • 51% – rising customer and end user expectations
  • 48% – support for IoT devices

Next Generation Cloud Networking and SD-WAN
While a current gap exists in the adoption of next-gen technology to support cloud and digital transformation in the enterprise, this is changing quickly. Of those surveyed, 97% agree that within two yearsSD-WAN technology will be critical in next generation networks to manage cloud and hybrid.  And while only 6% of those surveyed are currently benefitting from SD-WAN today (slightly higher than the global average of 4%), within two years 57% plan to migrate to SD-WAN, and 92% within four years.

APAC IT decision makers see a variety of benefits for SD-WAN, each ranking fairly close:
  • Increase application performance (43%)
  • Network automation and ability to prioritize apps (46%)
  • Unified connectivity across entire network (44%)
  • Network visibility and monitoring (45%)
  • Simplicity/ease of management (44%)
  • Increased network security (44%)
  • Integration with WAN optimization (38%)
  • Instant cloud connectivity to AWS and Azure (43%)
  • Decreased costs (41%)

Updating legacy networks and anchoring next-gen networking with technology such as SD-WAN will have many positive outcomes for the enterprises according to IT decision makers including: greater efficiency due to better use of bandwidth (50%); increased productivity (48%); greater opportunities for expansion (50%); increased revenue (47%); greater agility (44%); and improvement on digital initiatives (48%).

For the full Riverbed Future of Networking Global Survey 2017 report that also includes regional and vertical insights, please visit https://www.riverbed.com/go/global-application-performance-survey-2017.html.

Riverbed Delivers Solutions for Cloud and Digital World  
Riverbed is delivering solutions to help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking, and improve end user experience, allowing enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives to reach their full potential. Riverbed’s integrated platform delivers the agility, visibility, and performance businesses need to be successful in a cloud and digital world. By leveraging Riverbed’s solutions, organizations can deliver apps, data, and services from any public, private, or hybrid cloud across any network to any end-point. Solutions include:

  • Riverbed® SteelConnectÔ is an SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN) solution that unifies network connectivity and orchestration of application delivery across hybrid WANs, remote LANs, and cloud networks with a complete line of WAN gateways, LAN switches, and Riverbed Xirrus WiFi cloud-based access points managed centrally from a cloud console.
  • Riverbed® SteelCentral™ is a complete performance management platform and control suite that uniquely provides unified visibility spanning all aspects of user experience, application, and network performance.
  • Riverbed® SteelHead™ is the industry's leading solution for accelerated delivery of applications across the hybrid WAN, speeds the performance of cloud applications by overcoming the combined challenges of bandwidth limitations and latency on the WAN. This improves the experience for end-users – regardless of their location.
  • Riverbed® SteelFusion™ is the first and only branch and remote office infrastructure solution designed to enable a software-defined edge and centralizing 100% of branch data and services into data centers and the cloud without compromising local performance or availability for workers at the edge.

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About Riverbed
Riverbed enables organizations to modernize their networks and applications with industry-leading SD-WAN, application acceleration, and visibility solutions. Riverbed’s platform allows enterprises to transform application and cloud performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. At more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed’s 28,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com

Riverbed Global Survey 2017: The Future of Networking Survey Methodology
The Riverbed Global Survey 2017: The Future of Networking is the result of a custom online survey by Wakefield Research of 1000 IT decision makers at companies with $500 million or more in revenue. Research was completed in August  2017 across nine countries: US, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan and the UK. Among the 1,000 respondents, 200 were in the US, with 100 in each remaining country

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