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Old networking equipment holding back UK firms

Networking resellers have plenty of targets to go for as Ciena revealed the numbers of UK firms still using ageing equipment

There are plenty of reasons for networking resellers to talk to customers about the need for more investment in their infrastructure to help them avoid missing out on technology advances or being left behind by their competitors.

Not only is the digital transformation debate in full swing but the growth of IoT devices means there is a need to modernise the network and to make sure it can cope with more connections.

Despite the growing pressure on the network research from Ciena has discovered that 20% of UK firms are still using hardware that is over three years old.

Old kit means is unlikely to meet current standards, deliver high-speeds or help those firms that are keen to unlock cost efficiencies across the organisation.

The findings also revealed some of the keep areas where networking resellers could focus their questions about ageing kit with 27% of UK firms using WAN connections of up to five years old.

There were also signs that a number of users would invest in site-ti-site fibre to make sure they could get better data speeds.

"As traffic volumes in both the data centre and in the office environment continue to surge, businesses are looking to extract maximum value from their infrastructure investments. As the study shows, investment in external WAN bandwidth and interconnects is critical, but if it’s being connected to legacy equipment, the potential benefits of better and fluid bandwidth won’t be realised," warned Keri Gilder, vice president and general manager, EMEA at Ciena.

One of the specific aims of the Ciena research was to compare the situation in the UK with that in Germany and businesses here came up short when compared to their continental counterparts.

The mean average spent annually on data centre network infrastructure is £161,000 in the UK, with an additional  £86,000 being spent on WAN and interconnects. In Germany, the average spent was €326,000 annually on data centre network infrastructure and €140,000 on WAN and other interconnects.

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