#Many websites publish good research that can be valuable for Network Architects. This page is a wide-ranging collection of such sites, arranged alphabetically.
Mary Meeker Internet Trends
The most comprehensive data set from multiple sources, multiple companies assembled by a team from Kleiner Perkins. The depth of data collected & collated and then the conclusions drawn from the data will provide deep insights. At 355 pages its quite a bit of time but you will get a lot of understanding about the future of Internet and the services that people consume. Mind blowing.
Cisco Visual Networking Index
Cisco publishes extensive research about Global IP traffic. In parts, the research data seems to be overly focussed on supporting Cisco sales messaging and makes it somewhat suspect. However, the graphics are good, the data is easily consumed and you can find useful resources in it.
Email Client Marketshare
Email client usage worldwide, collected from 1.05 billion email opens. Provided by Litmus, which offers bulk email services and analytics.
Mozilla Telemetry Dashboard
Mozilla has a wide range of data available at this site, needs some time to work out which variables are worthwhile.
International Telecommunications Union (ITU) ICT Facts and Figures
The ITU is a mostly irrelevant bureaucracy (i.e. who still calls technology “ICT”!!!) but has a statistics division that releases good data and information.
The ITU ICT Facts and Figures features estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed and mobile broadband services, home ICT access, and more.
Verizon Data Breach Investigations Reports
Since 2008, Verizon has released an annual report that tallies the impact of actual data breaches. The reports examine the financial costs of the breaches and chart trends in attack methods and emerging threats. Registration is required.
Although much diminished from it heyday in the early 2000’s IBM Redbooks remains a solid resource in fundamentals of Enterprise technology. In particular, I can recommend the TCP/IP book as a solid introduction to many topics you have probably never thought about and is a good place to introduce your self to Redbooks.
RIPE IPv6 Centre
RIPE is the European RIR and has invested substantial funds into maintaining and developing tools for the Internet community. Some interesting information on IPv6 adoption and various tools can be found here.
Cisco Annual Security Report
Cisco Security has published an annual security report since 2010. Lots of data and some good if somewhat biased analysis that leans to network-centric security perspective. That will make it relevant to Packet Pushers audience but lacks overall context like the Verizon DBIR above. Also, Cisco’s well known sale-at-any-cost focus shines through with lots of data for CIOs that should scare them into a purchase which can be useful if you know which way you want to go.