The survey, carried out with the aid of Avnet, TD Azlan, TechData, Arrow ES, edsLAN, the Immix Group, Mindware and Westcon showed that 60 percent of end users see fabrics as the future of networks. But their unwillingness to invest in datacentre networks is a big hurdle for enterprises.
A third of the channel players surveyed said their customers only invested in networks to support a specific new application or service. Over one in 10 said they only invested when the network was already failing.
The survey identified five drivers of network investment: virtualisation, faster access to data and applications, greater bandwidth, supporting increasing data volumes and the need to support mobility.
Sixty percent of the channel players think fabric networks will be deployed in datacentres by 2020.
However, a third admitted knowing little about SDN, while 62 percent think budget constraints have a significant impact on companies investing in technology. And 63 percent consider vendor financing as “vital” or “more important”.