Network equipment is not like smartphones: we tend to leave it in place until it stops working. However, new data on utilisation suggests we might be taking this tendency too far: more than half the networking gear currently used is outdated.
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Dimension Data's Network Barometer Report, which tracks network trends based on technology assessments and support requests, found that 51 per cent of equipment used was no longer on sale. In many cases, it is no longer even supported by the original vendor.
The company offers three potential explanations for this trend: a desire to trim costs, a shift to consumption-based models such as cloud, and an unwillingness to upgrade gear until there's a clearer road map for software-defined networks.
Check out more findings from the report in the infographic below.