The Lippis Report Issue 12:The Distributed Intelligent Network Architecture: An emerging enterprise network infrastructure

April 2nd, 2003

A confluence of trends is ushering in a new design center for building and operating enterprise networks. Some of these trends are the continued downward price points of Ethernet switching, “integrated” network security, enterprise WLAN deployments,
maturity of IP Telephony solutions and most importantly, the severe budget constraints and increased requirement demands placed upon IT managers. Most if not all IT managers have to close network vulnerabilities, ensure business continuity in case
disaster strikes and implement network solutions that improve business or public sector employee productivity. Many of these edicts from above are un-funded projects placed upon IT managers at a time when 2003 IT spending will be +/- 3% of 2002
budgets, according to IDC www.idc.com.
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