Riverbed Study Finds Feds Adopted Network Visibility Solutions as They Grappled with Explosion of New Endpoints and Cloud-based Apps
Federal IT Leaders Consider Network Visibility Critical in Increasingly Complex Environments
- 87% of survey respondents recognize that network visibility is a strong or moderate enabler of cloud infrastructure.
- Most federal employees are currently teleworking, and 81% of survey respondents noted that the increasing use of telework accelerated their agency’s use and deployment of network visibility solutions.
- 93% of respondents believe that greater network visibility facilitates greater network security.
Federal IT leaders across the country voiced the importance of network visibility in managing and securing their agencies’ increasingly complex and hybrid networks, according to Riverbed’s latest study, “Federal Network Visibility in a Modernized World.” Of 200 participating federal government IT decision makers and influencers, 90% consider their networks to be moderately-to-highly complex, and 32% say that increasing network complexity is the greatest challenge an IT professional without visibility faces in their agency when managing the network.
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Driving this network complexity are Cloud First and Cloud Smart initiatives that make it an imperative for federal IT to modernize its infrastructure with cloud transformation and “as-a-service” adoption. More than 25% of respondents are still in the planning stages of their priority modernization projects, though 87% of survey respondents recognize that network visibility is a strong or moderate enabler of cloud infrastructure. Network visibility can help expedite the evaluation process to determine what goes onto an agency’s cloud and what data and apps stay on-prem; it also allows clearer, ongoing management across the networks to enable smooth transitions to cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid infrastructures.
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The Coronavirus pandemic has further accelerated modernization and cloud adoption to support the massive shift of the federal workforce to telework – a recent Market Connections study indicates that 90% of federal employees are currently teleworking and that 86% expect to continue to do so at least part-time after the pandemic ends. The rapid adoption of cloud-based services and solutions and an explosion of new endpoints accessing agency networks during the pandemic generated even greater need for visibility into the who, what, when and where of traffic. In fact, 81% of survey respondents noted that the increasing use of telework accelerated their agency’s use and deployment of network visibility solutions, with 25% responding “greatly.”