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Saving Money on the Network is Cool Too

By Andrew Lerner | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

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In the networking space, cool new(ish) technology and shiny new objects grab most of the media headlines, but saving money is cool too (especially considering that legacy often runs the world).


After all, you still need budget to buy (or at least support) most enterprise networking solutions.  However, budgeting for networking can be tedious as you’re dealing with large capital purchases. Overall, organizations spend on average 22% of their IT budget on networking (capex and opex). Along these lines, we just published a research “spotlight” that identifies 10 top ways to save money on your network bottom line.

How to Optimize Your Network Spending,
Summary: Twenty-two percent of an enterprise’s capital and operational expenditure budget goes toward data and voice networks and staff. CIOs and network managers who use Gartner’s 10 best practices to optimize spending on network infrastructures and telecom services can save 20% to 50% on network expenses.

The 10 Ways Include…

  1. Manage Your Network Service Provider Relationships Appropriately and Save 20%
  2. Use Hybrid WAN Architectures, Preferably With SD-WAN, to Save as Much as 50%
  3. Embrace New Consumption Models and Save 30%
  4. Implement SIP Trunking to Save as Much as 50%
  5. Manage Your Mobile Service Providers and Save 15%
  6. Carefully Manage Your Network Equipment Vendors and Save 30%
  7. Segment Your Network Infrastructure and Save 30%
  8. Leverage WAN Optimization to Improve WAN Performance and Save 30%
  9. Just Say “No” to Chassis-Based Switches and Save 70%
  10. Scrutinize Network Equipment Maintenance Expenses and Save as Much as 50%

And after all, the more money you save, the more extra cash you have for lab equipment, training and shiny new objects to play with.  So, saving money on the network is cool too…

Regards, Andrew


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