Network traffic flows have become pretty complex in today’s distributed business environment, and not just for large corporates. This became abundantly clear during a recent Freeform Dynamics research study in which 610 small/medium-sized businesses from the UK, France and Germany gave us feedback on changing communications patterns and the resulting implications. One of the most striking findings of this research was the degree to which traffic relating to core business activities now routinely crosses the traditional network perimeter. The majority provide direct customer access into systems (72%), and/or have employees connecting in from the field (69%) or branch offices (65%). Meanwhile, most (67%) are also seeing the cloud playing more of a role in their business.
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