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LAN Sprawl can be Controlled by Context

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Network complexity is growing, but a new approach to network management that incorporates context could help resolve many of the emerging issues faced by network managers.

New research commissioned by ConSentry Networks found that "multi-dimensional growth" of the network is placing new demands on IT departments, but the notion of incorporating context into the LAN may help IT resolve many of the challenges being faced.

The Loudhouse Research report commissioned by ConSentry on "LAN sprawl" was based on interviews with 200 IT decision-makers in mid-sized and large enterprises in the U.S. and U.K. The research found that IT lacks the controls needed to manage the growth of LANs, which continue to build out in a variety of ways, said Michelle McLean, senior director of product marketing at ConSentry Networks.

The Loudhouse survey found that 93 percent of respondents said users are now more likely to require access to different parts of the network at different times for business reasons, and 92 percent of respondents see an increase in the need to manage users with multiple profiles/IDs to support cross-functional needs of their organization. McLean said they're grappling with users having multiple profiles on the network, which she noted was a surprising finding. It's a very high statistic, she said.

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