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, it’s quite a bit of time to consume, 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 focused on Cisco sales messaging, and that makes it somewhat suspect. However, the graphics are good, the data is easily consumed, and you can find useful information.
Akamai State of the Internet
Akamai’s State of the Internet reports an informed view into online connectivity, cybersecurity trends and metrics, including Internet connection speeds, broadband adoption, mobile usage, outages, cyberattacks, and web security threats.
(Warning: Akamai is a global CDN provider which either makes them an expert in the topic or gives them lots of reasons to skew the results towards the goals of the company itself. Or both).
State of the Internet Report | Akamai Retrieved 17 Aug, 2017
Email Client Marketshare
Email client usage worldwide, collected from 1.05 billion opened emails. Provided by Litmus, which offers bulk email services and analytics.
Mozilla Telemetry Dashboard
Mozilla has a wide range of data available at this site, but you’ll need some time to work out which variables are worthwhile to you.
International Telecommunications Union (ITU) ICT Facts and Figures
The ITU is arguably an irrelevant bureaucracy, but it 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.
Survey of the SSL Implementation of the Most Popular Web Sites. Created SSL Labs and part of Qualys. Run by Ivan Ristic as a research project to measure and track effective security of SSL/TLS on the Internet.
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.
Netscout / Arbor Network Threat Intelligence
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, but lacking in overall context like the Verizon DBIR above.
PWC Global State of Information Security Survey
Big consulting companies have an odd way of looking at IT. Its a mix of well informed, highly motivated experts producing useful information and a starving dog eyeing a meaty bone. This report is no exception but contains a number of useful insights in security and the attitudes of those lesser mortals in the executive layers.
Global State of Information Security® Survey 2017: PwC – retrieved 20170721
Although much diminished from it heyday in the early 2000’s, IBM Redbooks remains a solid resource in fundamentals of enterprise technology. In particular, we can recommend the TCP/IP book as a solid introduction to many topics you might have never thought about.
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.
Equinux – Global Interconnection Index
Leverage the Global Interconnection Index, published by Equinix, that tracks, measures and forecasts the growth of Interconnection Bandwidth.
(Warning: Equinux is a global interconnection provider writing about global interconnection which either makes them an expert in the topic or gives them lots of reasons to skew the results towards the goals of the company itself. Or both).
Global Interconnection Index – Digital Business Outlook | Equinix Retrieved 17 Aug, 2017