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New research from IDC identifies key trends in branch office network design

NetDevices Inc., a developer of services gateway products for enterprise branch networks, today announced the resul...

November 2, 2005  

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NetDevices Inc., a developer of services gateway products for enterprise branch networks, today announced the results of a new sponsored research paper by IDC entitled “Branch Networks — The Way Ahead.”

IDC analysts interviewed corporate CIOs and network managers from global enterprises with at least 25 and as many as 300 branch offices.

The enterprises covered a range of market sectors including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals and retail.

The research paper summarizes the current hot-button issues cited for branch office operations and management and evaluates the equipment choices available to address them.

“The networking requirements of multinational branch offices have changed significantly in the past three years,” said Nareshchandra Singh, IDC research analyst and co-author of the study.

“Previously, branch office equipment was often different from that at headquarters and handled management and operations issues in an ad hoc manner. Today, enterprises want to deploy complex services to the branch and transform the network silos of their branch offices into intelligent network nodes to increase the overall effectiveness of the enterprise network.”

The push to fully integrate branch offices into the larger corporate network paradigm and to support sophisticated services has created several new challenges for IT and network managers.

They include disruptive additions to the network as branch offices add new services and equipment and the increasing complexity of the branch office network as applications and services grow.

“Router and switch vendors have addressed these challenges by attempting to simplify the branch through a converged services approach adding services such as firewalls, IP PBXes, and VPNs to their platforms,” NetDevices said in a release.

“Survey respondents agreed that converged devices reduced network complexities enabled faster deployment of services, lowered the complexity of managing different equipment for services and cut equipment and operational costs.”