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Cloud is Our Number-One Networking Initiative, Say Businesses in Infonetics’ Latest Survey

July 8, 2014

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2014 Network Equipment Spending and Vendor Leadership: North American Enterprise Survey, which explores enterprises’ top networking initiatives, budget priorities and growth, investment drivers and barriers, and vendor preferences.


“Our just-finished survey on network equipment spending indicates the outlook for network equipment is healthy. Enterprises are expecting double-digit growth in their expenditures this year and next. How they are spending their budgets is changing, and allocations towards wireless LAN, network monitoring, and switches are growing. Greater spending on branch office infrastructure is also anticipated, a sign of confidence in continued economic expansion,” notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

Machowinski adds: “One of the most interesting findings is that cloud has emerged as the number-1 networking initiative over the next 12 months. Companies are embracing the cloud in a services model as well as building their own cloud-architected data centers, and this means upgrades to network infrastructure.”


  • Respondent companies spent, on average, over $1.1 million on networking equipment in 2013, and they expect to increase spending by 19% this year
  • Wireless LAN (WLAN) budget allocations are on the rise among those surveyed, becoming the #2 investment area for 2014
  • The economic outlook for North America is positive and companies are looking to capitalize on new opportunities, leading to an expenditure shift from headquarters to branch offices
  • Around 3/4 of respondents consider Cisco the top network equipment vendor, an even better showing than in Infonetics survey last year
  • Juniper has made major gains from last year, moving up 3 positions in respondent ratings


    Join analyst Matthias Machowinski July 22 at 10:00 AM Pacific or on-demand for Shifting to the Cloud: Managing Next-Gen WLANs, to examine new alternatives, from services to software to embedded controllers. Qualified attendees receive a freeAerohive 802.11ac access point:


    For its 27-page network equipment spending survey, Infonetics interviewed 207 North American organizations that have at least 100 employees about their networking equipment, plans, and purchase considerations over the next two years. The survey provides insights into networking initiatives, budget priorities and growth, investment drivers and barriers, and vendor preferences. Vendors named in the survey include Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Aruba, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, Extreme/Enterasys, HP, Huawei, IBM, Juniper, Linksys, Microsoft, Motorola, Oracle, Netgear, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:


  • Infonetics’ July Enterprise Networking research brief:
  • Infonetics releases Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers report
  • Cisco entrenched atop enterprise session border controller (eSBC) market
  • PBX-based video buoys videoconferencing market
  • Wireless LAN access point ASPs on the rise, sparked by 802.11ac
  • Enterprise router market off to a rough start, plunges 14% sequentially
  • Ethernet switch market down 15% in the first quarter as growth stalls
  • HP makes strong showing in latest Infonetics Ethernet switch buyer survey


    Download Infonetics’ 2014 market research brochure, publication calendar, events brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at

  • Analyst Note: Juniper Cozies Up to Aruba (June 12)
  • WLAN Infrastructure Vendor Scorecard (July 8)
  • Enterprise Networking and Communication Equipment Vendor Scorecard (July 16)
  • Business Cloud VoIP and UC Services (Aug. 11)


    Visit to register for upcoming webinars, view recent webinars on-demand, or learn about sponsoring a webinar.

  • Delivering Gigabit Broadband: A Primer (July 16: Attend)
  • Shifting to the Cloud: Managing Next-Gen WLANs (July 22: Attend)
  • Coherent Optics: Cheaper, Better, Faster (July 24: Attend)
  • Making the Enterprise WAN Cloud-Ready (Sponsor)


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    Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize and compete effectively. View Infonetics’ About Us slides.

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