Legacy Infrastructure Deterring Indian Firms' Digital Success

by CXOtoday News Desk    Sep 25, 2017


Organizations are in the midst of a digital transformation as legacy systems are replaced with new cloud-based infrastructure. However, the transition is not smooth and many organizations are facing issues stemming from legacy network architecture.

A recent Riverbed survey , which includes responses from 1,000 IT decision makers across nine countries, including 100 in India, revealed an incredible level of agreement that legacy infrastructures are holding back their cloud and digital strategies. [Read the full report here]

The survey revealed an incredible level of agreement by decision makers that their network infrastructures must change in order to have a successful cloud strategy and their pace of implementing next generation networking impacts their ability to realize the full benefits of digital transformation.

Nearly all respondents from India (98%) agree that legacy network infrastructure will have difficulty keeping pace with the changing demands of the cloud and hybrid networks. Conversely, 94% of respondents say their organization’s cloud strategy will only reach its full potential with a next-gen network, and 98% agree that a next generation network is critical to keep up with the needs of their business and end users.  


The survey also found there is a current gap in the adoption of next generation technology such as SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking) that will accelerate the cloud and digital transformation, however a tipping point is near.  Of the IT decision makers in India surveyed, 92% plan to migrate to SD-WAN within the next four years, up from just 3% today (compared to 4% globally).

“This survey and the resulting data reveal the tremendous pressure that IT decision makers in India and globally are under to execute their cloud strategies, achieve digital transformation and keep pace with the speed of innovation that is the norm in today’s hypercompetitive markets,” said Bjorn Engelhardt, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology.

“It was almost unanimous that to have a successful cloud strategy, organizations must adapt next-gen software-defined networking immediately to support it. Riverbed is dedicated to ensuring this transformation is successful and that organizations are able to achieve the operational agility needed to thrive through the use of SD-WAN for cloud networking.”

Currently, performance pains experienced by businesses are glaring, as 42% report that they experience cloud-related network issues specifically caused by their legacy infrastructure a few times a month or more; and 90% said it impacts their business at least monthly. Unfortunately, 79% of these same decision makers say they are still several years away from reaching the full potential of digital transformation, in part due to their legacy infrastructure. This gap between realization and actual deployment is consistent from companies across verticals such as financial, manufacturing, retail, energy and utilities, communications and media, and IT services, and could threaten their competitive positions in their respective markets.

The inability of these networks to support cloud-centric applications and workloads and just as importantly, provide end-to-end visibility into their performance is viewed as a real challenge to cloud success. 84% of Indian respondents stated both legacy networking infrastructure and lack of visibility into the cloud are barrier to their cloud strategy reaching its full potential – this, compared to 69% globally.

Updating legacy networks and anchoring next-gen networking with technology such as SD-WAN will have many positive outcomes for the enterprises according to the study which said this will lead to greater efficiency due to better use of bandwidth, increased productivity and agility - which will have a positive impact on the revenue as well.