The future of networking in Hong Kong

Enterprises across the world are shortening their network equipment lifecycle as businesses embrace digitization. In Asia Pacific, businesses are redesigning their data center network to prepare for digital initiatives like workplace mobility, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M ) connectivity. These are some of the major findings from the Network Barometer Report released by Dimension Data in November.

The report compiled data from Dimension Data’s client networks, which consist of 97,000 network devices from organizations across 28 countries. According to the report, 58% of the networking devices are current, which is the highest in the past five years.

“Since 2010, networks have been aging,” said Brent Angus, GM Networking at Dimension Data Asia Pacific. “This year’s report reverses that trend, and for the first time in five years, we’re seeing networks age more slowly.”

Network refreshes for digitization

Angus added that the equipment refresh is a result of the pent-up spending following four years of financial constraint. But in Asia, such a refresh is also occurring as part of data center network redesigns to support the anticipated business transformation.

“Enterprises of all sizes are urged to accelerate their process of digitization for boosting employee productivity, enhancing customer satisfaction and optimizing business operation in this digital era,” said Garrick Ng, head of system engineering, Cisco Hong Kong and Macau.

Ng added that such transformation is driving the growth of IT spending and opening up “a US$2.1 trillion global market opportunity by 2019.”

To accelerate the digital transformation, Juniper Networks' Sales Director of enterprise market Hong Kong and Macau Thomas Chan said local businesses are reviewing their network infrastructure.

“To pull off this transition with minimum disruption, organizations want to architect their networks to meet the connectivity and service requirements of these increasingly dynamic applications,” said Chan. “They need to be policy-driven, programmable, scalable and automated to connect ideas to opportunities.”