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Most corporate networks are past their 'best before' date

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Most corporate networks are past their 'best before' date

60% of businesses at risk of downtime due to end-of-support devices operating in their networks.

According to a recent study of nearly 52,000 networking devices at more than 200 organizations, 60% of businesses have end-of-support devices operating in networks, which places those organizations at a higher risk of security breaches, lost productivity due to longer network outages, and higher replacement costs down the road.

The data was collected through IT provider Softchoice's Cisco Contract TechCheck, an assessment service that examines the state and health of an organization's network infrastructure.

"Most organizations struggle to get a basic understanding of the state of their network because few regularly check up on the different devices they have in play," said David Brisbois, Senior Manager of Assessment and Technology Deployment Services Consulting at Softchoice. "It isn't until a breach occurs or their network crashes that most organizations react and realize their network is past its 'best before' date."

The analysis found 95% of businesses also have end-of-sale devices operating on their networks. End-of-sale devices are products that are no longer available on the market, but are still supported (for now) by the manufacturer. Softchoice discovered that 51% of all devices they assessed are end-of-sale, 4% are end-of-support, and 30 percent lack SMARTnet – a standard technical support service that provides direct, anytime access to Cisco experts in case of an outage or disruption, as well as accelerated hardware replacement options.  

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