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Forrester Consulting Study: Building for the Future: What the New World of Cloud IT Means for the Network

Although cloud-based services are now widely utilized by the vast majority of enterprises, a new study by Forrester Consulting has found that many organizations are not realizing the full potential value of these services because their networks are not prepared to support the increased bandwidth demands and complexity of multiple cloud-based services.

The September 2013 study commissioned by XO Communications and Juniper Networks examined current cloud technology adoption trends, application usage types in the cloud, satisfaction levels with expected benefits, and the impacts cloud services are having on the enterprise network. The study surveyed more than 150 IT decision makers at companies with more than 500 employees across several industries.

Key Findings of the Study:
1. Cloud Services Adoption Is Widespread and Business-Critical Apps Are Moving to the Cloud

2. The True Value of Cloud Services Remains Elusive

3. A Scalable, Agile and High Performance Network is Necessary for the New World of Cloud IT