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The future of Enterprise IT networks

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The pressure on networks is growing by the day. More devices, better connectivity and the arrival of 4G mean they're being pushed to the limits. Here's our guide to what the future looks like, and how …

The pressure on networks is growing by the day. More devices, better connectivity and the arrival of 4G mean they're being pushed to the limits. Here's our guide to what the future looks like, and how businesses can adapt to cope better with the challenges.

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  • 1. The future of networks Simplify your IT networks to ease the pressure
  • 2. Network traffic is on the increase Global mobile data traffic grew 70% in 2012. Two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video by 2017. Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017
  • 3. And automated management functions that allow you to direct the traffic flows and get everything where it needs to be. You’ll need more bandwidth to deal with the pressure
  • 4. And then there’s 4G… 4G connections already account for 14% of mobile data traffic. Source: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017
  • 5. Devices are on the increase, too IT managers expect to see a 25% increase in devices on their networks by the end of 2013. Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012
  • 6. Devices are on the increase, too Nearly 40% of internet access is via mobiles. comScore 02/13 Two-thirds of all emails are opened on a mobile device. Knotice, Sept 2012
  • 7. Managing devices is a lot easier if you’ve got a single view of the whole infrastructure, instead of a tangle of different networks to look after.
  • 8. Because it’s not just the pressure from mobiles By 2016, two-thirds of all data centre traffic will be cloud-based. Cisco Global Cloud Index, October 2012 By 2016, more than half of consumers will use digital cloud services as their primary form of storage for digital content. Gartner, November 2012
  • 9. Where are networks heading? 85% of senior IT decision makers see themselves moving to a fully consolidated fixed, mobile, voice and data network. Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012
  • 10. When will it happen? 88% of those say it will happen within the next 24 months. Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012
  • 11. What’s driving change? Cost efficiencies 91% Business agility Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012
  • 12. Supplying the demand On average, enterprises have 4.6 suppliers for fixed, mobile, voice and data networks. Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012 30% of UK IT departments incorporated smartphone and tablet management initiatives in their strategies. Computer Weekly, How to introduce bring-your-own-device schemes in the enterprise April 2012
  • 13. Managing supply 66% of IT managers say that managing multiple suppliers is a major challenge. Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012
  • 14. What’s the plan? More than 93% are building roadmaps for joining up their communications networks. Source: Coleman Parkes research for O2, 2012
  • 15. Managing suppliers can be time consuming And if something goes wrong that impacts more than one network, it’s not just time that’s at stake.
  • 16. The simpler your network, the better it supports your business.
  • 17. Fast, reliable data connections mean people can work flexibly and remotely.
  • 18. Consolidated voice and mobile networks keep your employees in touch and save you money.
  • 19. Moving your landline voice services onto your IP networks simplifies your communications management and saves you time.
  • 20. Have a conversation. Our network specialists can talk you through the whole process of management, optimisation and transformation. Just give us a call on 01235 433 507
  • 21. Remember: Find out more: o2.co.uk/enterprise/products-and-services/data-and-connectivity or follow us @O2BusinessUK • More people are connecting to business networks with their own devices • Which means more pressure on your network • And each device continues to access more data. With 4G, this will increase dramatically • Video conferencing and cloud IT and file management will put even greater pressures on your networks • Which means network management will become more of a challenge

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