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Network managers: Expected traffic increase will overwhelm systems

Sep. 9, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

A majority of federal network managers do not believe their agency’s networks can withstand the increased traffic they expect from agency IT modernization programs, according to a survey released Monday.

The survey by public-private IT partnership MeriTalk showed that 59 percent of agency network managers believe data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data and cloud computing efforts will swamp agency networks.

Network managers also believe that network traffic will increase on average 79 percent, according to the survey. Only 12 percent of network managers believe their agency is ready for that increase.

The IT modernization efforts agencies are pursuing will vastly increase traffic and strain existing networks, according to Anthony Robbins, vice president of the federal division at networking company Brocade, which sponsored the study.

“Agencies need to take steps to prepare for increased network demands now. This includes ensuring networks are modernized to open standards and robust enough to handle the traffic,” Robbins said.

To help agencies prepare 50 percent of network managers would like clear prioritization of goals from their leaders, according to the survey.

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