WANs are on the WANE: HALF OF UK AND NL BUSINESSES NOW FAVOUR IP VPNs Thursday 1 March 2001 PDF Print ...ipulsys/IDC survey shows that 47% of businesses in the NL and 42% in the UK say 'yes' to IP VPNs A survey of almost 400 UK and Dutch businesses commissioned by ipulsys, the managed IP and web-enabled OSS services provider to the business and carrier communities, and conducted by analyst firm IDC, has revealed that more than four out of 10 UK and almost five NL businesses see IP VPNs as the way forward for their future development. The research also revealed that over 60% of UK businesses use WANs and a wide variety of WAN services, and that 10% of these use IP VPNs. In the Netherlands over 50% of interviewees reported similar IP VPN implementation. "The future is rosy for IP VPNs," according to Eric Owen, Research Director at IDC. "Research shows that the vast majority of current corporate WANs are short on capacity and are carrying mainly IP traffic. Hence WAN managers who move away from traditional WAN services, based on private networks or on transport layer services, such as frame relay, towards IP-based services are offered considerably more flexibility from both a cost and capacity perspective. Given the abundance of IP already in the enterprise, the transition to IP VPNs should be a relatively easy one." "It appears that WANs are definitely on the wane," says Peter Glasbeek, CEO, ipulsys. "Our survey revealed that more than half of businesses are not willing to settle for the insecurities and low bandwidth of the public internet. Nor are they willing to pay premium prices for dedicated links that force them to pay by pipe size rather than bandwidth usage. However, they are clearly in favour of web-enabled global communications, and have been choosing IP for the network. They are aware that IP VPNs add real value." The survey also explored companies' attitudes to outsourcing their communications services, showing that nearly one in four companies now see the advantages of outsourcing services to ensure business success in an increasingly competitive and communications-overloaded world. This demonstrates a significant turn in a tide that, up until now, has appeared to surge towards scepticism and resistance to outsourcing such services. This is clearly a factor impacting positively on IP VPN implementation. According to forecast figures published by IDC in 2000, the IP VPN market will accelerate strongly in terms of revenue and the number of connections. The former is expected to grow to $2.9 billion by 2004 and the number of connections is forecast to grow to 3,623,000 of which just over 3 million would be dial-up. Notes to Editors If you require further details about the research, illustrations and graphs can be supplied. Please see contact details below. About ipulsys (Note: 'ipulsys' is always spelt lower case throughout)ipulsys, the managed IP and Web-Enabled OSS services provider to the business and carrier communities, was recently acquired by Warburg Pincus, the global private equity and venture capital firm. ipulsys has a dedicated multinational staff of 91 and is headquartered at The Hague in the Netherlands, with offices in London, Paris and Amsterdam. The company's mission is to enable international business-to-business communications by providing web-enabled global IP solutions. ipulsys' solutions are built on the key considerations of flexibility, speed to market and, most significantly, customer empowerment. The company clearly positions itself to offer the critical network functionality for doing effective business online. For further information: http://www.ipulsys.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.