ESG Research Report: Network Automation: Enabler of IT Process Goals
ESG Research Report

In order to assess how enterprise organizations are evaluating, deploying, and operationalizing their network automation systems, ESG surveyed 247 IT professionals representing enterprise-class (1,000 or more employees) and midmarket (100 to 999 employees) organizations in North America. All respondents were involved in evaluating, purchasing, and managing data center networking technologies for their organizations and organizations had to be using, planning to use, or interested in using network automation technology.

By using a broad definition of network automation, ESG sought to understand the underlying needs for automation as well as its benefits. ESG did not lead the respondents to a particular definition, but instead provided wide latitude in accepting their definitions within the limits provided.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, business services, communications and media, and government. For more details, please see the Research Methodology and Respondent Demographics sections of this report.
Report Info
Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
    • Report Conclusions
  • Introduction
    • Research Objectives
  • Research Findings
    • Network automation is driven by the need for efficiencies at scale
    • Multi-tenant data centers drive the need for network automation
    • Data centers are the primary jumping off point for network automation efforts
    • Network automation fosters both security and compliance benefits and concerns
    • Strong synergy exists between virtualized and cloud platforms and network automation implementations
    • Many internal IT processes need to be incorporated into automation implementation efforts
  • Conclusion
    • Research Implications for Network Vendors
    • Research Implications for IT and Networking Professionals
  • Research Methodology
  • Respondent Demographics
    • Respondents by Current Responsibility
    • Respondents by Number of Employees
    • Respondents by Current Responsibility
    • Respondents by Annual Revenue
    • Respondents by Total Number of Network Devices
    • Respondents by Total Number of Data Centers