Tread­ing Cau­tiously

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En­ter­prises are a smart lot. As is rightly said, “chal­leng­ing fac­tors help you see more op­por­tu­ni­ties and make you smart in tak­ing wiser de­ci­sions”, the dif­fi­cult times of the last fis­cal that was flanked with fac­tors like ru­pee de­pre­ci­a­tion, de­lay in 3G, and 4G roll out, made the en­ter­prises take de­ci­sions that are way ahead of their times and for­ward look­ing. Not just the en­ter­prises, but also the ser­vice providers looked at ways and means to re­duce their capex and opex and at the same time look at seam­less ca­pa­bil­ity to up­grade their ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture. Cost was one of the most brain­stormed top­ics in the board­rooms of en­ter­prises as well as ser­vice providers. They looked at busi­ness mod­els that al­low shar­ing of re­sources across mul­ti­ple providers to re­duce cost of op­er­a­tions.

Mar­ket Land­scape

Fis­cal 2012 did not see much dif­fer­ence in terms of value cre­ation in the In­dian mar­ket, though the adop­tion trend saw a dras­tic change. En­ter­prises looked at de­ploy­ing fu­tur­is­tic routers. Though 3G roll­out was yet to see the light of day and 4G was nowhere in the pic­ture, ven­dors were asked to pro­vide routers which can sup­port both the tech­nolo­gies. To­day, ven­dors are in­tro­duc­ing routers that have the ca­pa­bil­ity to in­te­grate key fea­tures such as con­tent pro­cess­ing, VPNs, fire­walls and load bal­anc­ing. Pire­less ca­pa­bil­i­ties are also pop­u­lar, re­plac­ing the need for sep­a­rate wire­less ac­cess points for small of­fice net­works. Se­cu­rity is a big fo­cus area and this is ev­i­dent from the new prod­ucts be­ing in­tro­duced by all ven­dors.

The de­ploy­ment of routers in both cat­e­gories en­sured that the above pa-

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