Survey: Net mgmt, security safe from budget cuts

NetQoS survey of 100 Interop New York 2008 attendees shows few plan to cut net mgmt., security spending in 2009

IT spending on network performance management and security technologies could weather the current US economic storm, according to recent survey results that show a majority of respondents plan to increase budgets for the two IT disciplines in 2009.

While industry watchers such as Goldman Sachs and Forrester Research adjust their spending estimates down for the coming months, a poll of 100 attendees last week at the Interop New York 2008 conference showed certain technology areas will be spared from cuts.

Network performance management vendor NetQoS conducted the survey, which found that 85 percent either plan for increased or flat spending on network management technologies in 2009. About half of those polled indicated spending on network performance management and security would increase, while 15 percent anticipate a decrease in spending on network management disciplines. More than half (54 percent) said overall IT infrastructure and management software budgets will remain the same next year.

Interop attendees also said they plan to spend more on virtualization and wireless LAN/WAN in 2009. Spending on WAN optimization, unified communications, change management and managed services is expected to remain the same for a majority of those polled.

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