We know what we think, but what do other IT professionals think when it comes to networking pain points? We recently worked with IDG Research and conducted a five-question survey in an effort to better understand the primary pain points surrounding the integration of traditional enterprise networks with cloud implementations. So who did we ask? Respondents were required to work in an IT-related function at the Director level or above for an organization with 500+ employees. Qualified respondents were also involved in the purchase process for IT solutions and services at their organization.

Here’s a rundown of the questions we posed and what these folks had to say…

How would you rate the challenge presented by the following aspects of connecting devices or resources on your organization’s network?

  • 50 percent of the respondents found securing network access and control to be very challenging
  • 34 percent found provisioning network access to be very challenging
  • 28 percent for quarantine and revocation of machines to be very challenging
  • 28% found connectivity across networks to be very challenging

What pain points has your organization experienced with provisioning, connecting, and securing networks?

  • Most experienced resource constraints, network operations challenges, and human and device-related challenges, with the top six pain points being:
    • The time it takes to deploy
    • Managing distributed network policies
    • Dealing with IP conflicts
    • VPN and Firewall complexity
    • Lack of mobility between separate networks
    • Mistakes creating security exposure

Identity Defined Networking (IDN) enables you to create instant overlay networks—anywhere in the world—that are highly available, remarkably simple and radically secure. IDN requires no changes to the existing underlay network. IDN overlays are based on verifiable machine identities, managed through a point-n-click orchestration engine that is so easy your CEO can do it. With IDN, micro-segmentation, secure intra-cloud networking and machine-to-machine networking is now a simple task. IDN also eliminates the complexities and vulnerabilities created by traditional IP-based networking and security products. How appealing or unappealing is Identity Defined Networking to your organization?

  • A majority (64 percent) found IDN to be very appealing
  • 34 percent found IDN to be appealing
  • Zero found IDN to be unappealing

Now think about the following aspects of Identity Defined Networking (IDN) and rate each on how appealing it is to your organization.

  • Reduce networking and resource provisioning time by up to 97 percent – 68 percent found appealing
  • Reduce attack surface by up to 90 percent – 62 percent appealing
  • Reduce failover and disaster recovery times to as little as milliseconds – 62 percent appealing
  • Improve productivity for networking and security teams by up to 50 percent – 54 percent appealing
  • Improve mitigation, revocation and quarantine by up to 50 percent – 46 percent appealing
  • Decrease CapEx and OpEx as much as 50 percent – 44 percent appealing

When asked to rate the level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements about the complexity of networking and network security today, here are the top three responses:

  • Security patches and tighter control over systems keep adding complexity to the network – 76 percent completely agree or agree
  • Networking and network security is only getting more complex because of IoT – 74% completely agree or agree
  • More endpoints being exposed via IoT will result in more network security threats – 70 percent completely agree or agree

It’s clear from the survey results that most organizations experience challenges when connecting devices or resources to their network, and the time to deploy is clearly the number one issue. I’m sure many of you can relate to that pain point, right? Network professionals also see growing complexity and network security threats, which will lead to increased costs. Again, given the speed at which technology advances and the increase in cyber threats this is also not surprising. Also not surprising, certainly to us, is that Identity Defined Networking (IDN) is driving benefits, such as reduced provisioning and disaster recovery time, and improved network security, making it a viable and recognized solution to networking pain points.

Monday, January 29, 2018 By Jeff Hussey