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Survey: Interconnected Enterprises to Double by 2017

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Survey: Interconnected Enterprises to Double by 2017

Respondents cite quantifiable business benefits of interconnection; more than one-third report value creation of $10M+.

A survey of more than 1,000 IT decision-makers worldwide conducted by data center company Equinix indicates a rapidly accelerating global demand for interconnection that will transform IT strategies over the next two years.

The survey revealed significant momentum towards the adoption of interconnection-dependent IT strategies by enterprises seeking to drive revenue growth. By 2017, 84% of IT leaders surveyed will deploy IT infrastructure where interconnection – defined as direct, secure physical or virtual connections between a company and its partners, customers and employees – is at the core, compared to only 38% today. The survey also indicates that interconnection can create millions of dollars in value.

3 in 5 businesses believe interconnection with employees, partners and customers is “very important” to their company’s ability to compete.

“Applications, employees and data are rapidly moving outside the traditional borders of the data center but the expectations for a secure, frictionless and high-performance experience are higher than ever,” according to Lance Weaver, CTO, Cloud, GE. “You can’t meet those expectations without a level of interconnection that’s just not available over the public Internet alone.”

The number one business priority for nearly half of the survey respondents is to drive revenue, and interconnection was at the core of all the strategies cited as key to achieving this goal. In fact, 3 in 5 businesses believe interconnection with employees, partners and customers is “very important” to their company’s ability to compete. Nearly half of the companies surveyed are currently pursuing direct connections to cloud platforms, with the vast majority (about 4 in 5) seeing this as a critical need to address within five years. And, most notably, of the enterprises already deploying interconnection strategies, more than one-third are reaping a total value of more than $10 million from revenue gains and cost savings.

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