Trends, Risks and Benefits
The growth of global IT data center traffic is increasing pressure on the network to deliver data reliably and efficiently. How organizations transport, store, manage and protect their data is more critical than ever. In the past, organizations have used SAN storage for mission-critical data and IP storage for noncritical workloads. However, because IP storage solutions are perceived as less expensive and easy to implement and manage, many commercial companies are now using IP storage for all types of data.
Brocade commissioned Market Connections to see if the federal market mirrors this trend and to uncover the concerns and pain points of managing storage and storage networks.
In a world of shrinking budgets, data growth and technology innovations, network infrastructures put in place 20 years ago can no longer handle today’s IT requirements. The New IP represents a change in the network from a physical to a virtual entity, and prepares federal IT environments for the future.
Are agencies ready to adopt the New IP? To determine federal agencies’ understanding, needs and propensity to adopt key elements associated with the New IP, Market Connections conducted a study of federal IT decision-makers on behalf of Brocade Federal. The research revealed budget constraints, limited internal resources and lack of expertise as the top challenges to making network improvements. However, infrastructure improvement does not necessarily need to be a barrier to adopting the New IP.
Is Data as Safe as Agencies Think it is?
As networks become increasingly complex—and more data moves across the network—vulnerability to security breaches can increase. Despite the volume of unencrypted inter- and intra-agency data traversing most enterprises, many federal agencies are not implementing procedures to protect the network because it is expensive and degrades performance.
Market Connections conducted this study on behalf of Brocade Federal to learn to what extent agencies feel their data is protected in transit, the challenges they face addressing data protection proactively and gaps between priorities and actions.