Security, reliability and quality of service most critical when evaluating networking solutions providers

Reliability, security and quality of service all rank above cost when evaluating networking solutions providers, states a new report released by CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), the company said.

Conducted by Spiceworks, a professional network for IT, the CenturyLink-commissioned report surveyed US-based IT professionals who have influence on their organizations´ Ethernet, MPLS and SD-WAN purchase decisions. The survey gathered data around the challenges, benefits and drivers of utilizing these networking technologies.

Noteworthy findings include: Security, reliability and quality of service named most critical factors when evaluating networking solutions providers; Security, reliability and quality of service named most critical factors when evaluating networking solutions providers; Nearly half of respondents preferred purchasing networking solutions as part of a bundled offering, as opposed to a single solution.; Nearly three out of 10 respondents believe their organizations will require significantly more bandwidth in the next three years, and more than eight out of ten respondents said their organization will require more bandwidth.; More than 70 percent of organizations using Ethernet and MPLS, and more than 60 percent using SD-WAN, are considering or evaluating vendors to assist with technology solutions.

CenturyLink is the second largest US communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world´s best networking company by solving customers´ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers´ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.