Recession Over-Hyped? Not For Enterprise and Infrastructure Projects

Greg Ness from Infoblox writes a blog post on this topic.

Infoblox recently hosted a series of customer Advisory Board Meetings on the East Coast of the US and in Northern Europe. The attendees represented a number of the biggest companies in the world – we’re talking global, household names. Included along with discussions of large-scale deployments of DNS, DHCP, IPAM and other core network services, the group discussed the impacts (or expected impacts) of the current economic woes on IT spending and project priorities.

Several said that IT spending growth would slow from perhaps 5-7% YoY to 3-5% YoY growth. But a reduction in growth is far short of a net reduction in spending: The vast majority of companies said that they would not put off major IT projects, including infrastructure projects.

Recession Induced Network Innovation – Everyone is Freaking Out

Recession = Innovation; George Colony over at Forrester is saying it will be different, but people are still freaking out in Silicon Valley. I just got off the phone with someone in NY and they are freaking out all over the place in the Big Apple.  I’m not afraid of this market and other entrepreneurs are doing stuff as well. Entrepreneurs are blind to the recession but it doesn’t matter they don’t have the money only the ideas.  It will be a tough road ahead.

I think it is only a matter of time before ALL of the leading networking players start talking about the (strategic importance of the) network as a way to succeed in an uncertain economic climate. Last week, in “Cloud Computing, Virtualization and IT Diseconomies” I talked about the increasingly intense pressures already building on static network infrastructure, and the underlying need for more intelligence and automation.

These intense pressures are setting the stage for the next technology boom, by creating gaps between what networks can do today and what they’ll need to do tomorrow. I was amazed at how quickly the concept of Infrastructure2.0 spread, including an interesting discussion at F5 Network’s pace-setting DevCentral blog.

These pressures are coming from increasing rates of change, especially in larger networks supporting more devices and branches and processes, as well as with the introduction of consolidation, virtualization and cloud computing initiatives. These new initiatives are introducing even higher rates of change and making it clear that a static network will no longer be a strategic network.

The rest of the article is here at Greg Ness’ personal blog

Thanks Greg for the deep analysis.