As for OpenFlow and software-defined networks, "only 2% of people say they're doing something now with [OpenFlow]. Another 2% are "looking closely" at OpenFlow-enabled hardware, Kennedy says.
When asked about the most important business drivers for network projects, technology refresh topped the list (cited by 29% of respondents), followed by reducing cost (27%), and security risks (10%).
Cloud adoption is high among respondents, with 80% reporting they use externally provided cloud computing of some kind. There are limitations to what some companies will commit to the cloud, however. More than one-third of respondents (36%) said they're not comfortable using public cloud providers for enterprise projects, primarily because of security concerns. Additionally, 60% said they could not envision hosting a mission-critical application at a public cloud provider.
TheInfoPro, which is part of The 451 Group, interviewed 155 networking professionals at large and midsize enterprises, primarily from North America, for its 2012 Network Technology Study, released today.
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