SOURCE: TheInfoPro

May 19, 2008 15:17 ET

New Research From TheInfoPro Shows That Organizations Are Placing More Emphasis on Their End Users' Network Performance Experience

Network Quality of Service Monitoring Solutions Overtake Endpoint Authentication Technologies, Particularly Network Access / Admission Control, for the Lead Position on the Network Security and Software Technology Heat Index®

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - TheInfoPro (TIP), an independent research network and leading supplier of market intelligence for the Information Technology (IT) industry, today announced that endpoint authentication technologies -- such as Network Access / Admission Control (NAC) -- have surpassed network quality of service monitoring solutions for the #1 spot on the Network Security and Software Technology Heat Index. This index gauges the immediacy of user need and planned spending for each technology.

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"We were actually not surprised to see network quality of service monitoring overtake NAC / NAS on the Heat Index," says Bill Trussell, Managing Director of Networking research for TheInfoPro. "Though Networking professionals do see advantages to this technology, delivering on the promise is in doubt -- leaving NAC solution providers with the challenge of overcoming skepticism among Networking pros."

"At the same time, with the ever-increasing number of VoIP rollouts, Networking decision-makers have had to change their emphasis to the network performance experience for their end users," adds Trussell. "Technology providers have already begun to take action to meet these needs -- as was evidenced in the recent Blue Coat acquisition of Packeteer."

Key Findings on NAC:

--  Network Access Control (NAC) continues to lose popularity, with 65% of
    the organizations interviewed indicating that they have no policy for NAC,
    up from 55% last wave.
--  Fifty-eight percent (58%) of organizations indicated that it is
    unlikely they will have a policy in the next 12 months.
--  Over 60% of those interviewed believe it is unlikely that their NAC
    policy will influence their network hardware and software procurements in
    the next 12 months.
--  Sixty-four percent (64%) of those interviewed indicated that there
    would be no increase in spending on endpoint authentication technologies.

Key Findings on Quality of Service Monitoring Solutions:

--  Eighty-four percent (84%) of organizations indicate that they have
    quality of service monitoring solutions, either in place or in plan.
--  Twenty-four percent (24%) of those organizations that currently have
    quality of service monitoring solutions indicate that they are spending
    more on these technologies throughout 2009.
--  Cisco and NetScout are the lead in plan vendors for these

About The Study

Over 130 one-on-one hour-long interviews were conducted with Fortune 1000 (F1000) and Midsize Enterprise (MSE) end users for the Wave 4 Networking Study, providing commentary and insight on their Networking adoption plans, management strategies, and vendor performance with regard to technologies such as: WAN Data Compression and Acceleration, 10 Gbps Ethernet Backbone or Core, VPNs -- based on SSL, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), 802.11a/b/g Wireless Networks, Ethernet LAN Switching Hardware, Internet VPN (LAN to LAN), Wide Area File Services (WAFS). TIP repeats this structured interview process in six-month intervals -- "waves" -- for the sectors of investigation, providing unmatched historical reference, trend analysis, and pattern recognition.

Networking Technology providers that were mentioned throughout the study include: 3COM, AirDefense, AirMagnet, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, American Fiber Systems, ANDA Networks, Apple, Aruba Networks, AT&T, Attachmate, Blue Coat, Bluesocket, BMC Software, CA, Check Point, Cisco, Cogent, Crescendo Networks, Dell, EMC, Enterasys, Expand Networks, Extreme Networks, F5 Networks, Fluke Networks, Fortinet, Foundry Networks, HP, IBM, IDC Global, Intel, Ipswitch, Juniper, Level 3, McAfee, Microsoft, Mitel, Motorola, NetApp, NetQoS, NetScout, Nokia, Nortel, NTT, OPNET, Packeteer, Positive Networks, Radware, RIM, Riverbed, Secure Computing, Siemens, SolarWinds, SonicWALL, Sourcefire, Sprint, Startseeker, Symantec, TAZZ Networks, Telenor, Verizon, Xythos, and Yipes.

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro (TIP) is the only independent research network for the Information Technology (IT) industry. Created in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, EMC, Giga, and Bell Labs, TIP investigates key IT sectors -- Networking, Information Security, Servers, Storage, and Sourcing -- via a comprehensive in-depth interview process. Through a peer network of over 1800 of the world's largest buyers and users of IT -- including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, and Harvard University -- TIP delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the voice of the customer, TIP helps IT professionals, technology providers, and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. To learn more, visit or call 1-212-672-0010.

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