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Network 'as a service' adoption on the rise in EMEA

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Businesses in EMEA are turning to “network as a service (opens in new tab)” solutions as a means of tackling challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, according new research from Aruba.

The report asserts that the need to enable a highly distributed workforce means businesses are looking to evolve their network infrastructure, shifting away from CapEx investments and towards as-a-service offerings.

According to Aruba, the average proportion of IT services consumed through subscription-based offerings will rise by 41 percent within 24 months, from 29 percent today. The number of businesses using primarily subscription-based solutions, meanwhile, will rise by roughly 74 percent in that time.

Half of IT decision-makers based in EMEA region also said they would be exploring new subscription models for both hardware and software, as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

When it comes to networking subscription models (opens in new tab), hospitality, IT technology & telecommunications and education sectors lead the way. This model is also particularly popular in countries including Turkey, India and China.

Only 8 percent of businesses, meanwhile, plan to pursue CapEx investments exclusively.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.