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Legacy infrastructure holding back Indian firms going digital

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New Delhi: The legacy network infrastructure at most of the Indian firms are holding back their Cloud and digital transformation, a new survey said on Friday.

According to the survey by digital networking solutions provider Riverbed Technology, 98 per cent of Indian IT decision makers agreed that legacy network infrastructure is facing difficulty in keeping pace with the changing demands of the Cloud and hybrid networks.

There is a big gap in the adoption of next-generation technologies such as software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) globally, which is important for accelerating the Cloud and digital transformation.

The usage of SD-WAN is only three per cent in India and four per cent globally, the findings showed.

“The survey reveals the tremendous pressure that IT decision makers in India and globally are under to execute their Cloud strategies, achieve digital transformation and keep pace with the speed of innovation that is the norm in today’s hyper-competitive markets,” said Bjorn Engelhardt, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Riverbed Technology, in a statement.

However, of all the IT decision makers in India surveyed, 92 per cent plan to migrate to SD-WAN within the next four years.

The primary factor driving businesses (60 per cent) to next generation networks is to achieve operational agility.

The other factors include: achieving digital transformation initiatives (58 per cent), rising customer and end user expectations (57 per cent), need for mobility (54 per cent) and support for Internet of Things (IoT) devices (42 per cent).

Globally, 42 per cent of the companies experience Cloud-related network issues, specifically caused by their legacy infrastructure, several times a month and 90 per cent of the businesses said it impacts their business at least once monthly, the survey noted.

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