Networks need to be resilient enough to maintain performance levels even while the business demands become more intense and less predictable. Digital transformation initiatives will place far more pressure on the network by way of higher workloads and data movement. Anchoring next generation networking infrastructure with SD-WAN technology will have many positive outcomes for the enterprise, from operational efficiencies to a positive impact on the bottom line.
Virtualization from service providers will be more consolidated enabling better scalability and efficiency in enterprise networks. Next generation networks bolstered by 400G deployments will be a norm across enterprise landscape. Network security will be key with attacks growing and stricter policies underway from authorities. Also, with a number of IoT and IIoT use cases maturing from PoCs to implementation, network capability enhancement will come around as a priority for such businesses.
WHAT THE INDUSTRY PREDICTS FOR 2018:
“Next generation networks, which will largely be software defined and have a management plan will provide IT with the ability to leverage the right network paths, assign appropriate priority to network traffic and ensure the health of network at all locations.” –
Senior Vice President
Asia Pacific & Japan Riverbed Technology
“With the increase in sophistication of cybercriminals and cyberattacks, we expect 2018 to see more spending on creating a more secure IT infrastructure, specifically in bolstering network security. This may mean updating their security measures to keep up-to-date with the newest security measures, and for others it will mean starting from the ground-up to ensure data protection.”
Director of Product Marketing
Networking infrastructure and deployment of IoT use-cases will see more traction in 2018 including technologies like Narrow-Band IoT for low power or low-cost devices such as connectivity modules and low end-phones. There will also be a significant increase in the virtualization of telecom service provider network.
GM & Head of SDN-NFV Happiest Minds
“In the coming days, enterprises will consider solution providers to ensure capabilities that include: intelligent support for network infrastructure, voice, video and conferencing capabilities across the enterprise network, video surveillance and so on, as these hold tremendous promise in the enterprise environment.”
Managing Director Eurotech Technologies
“Next year will see 400G deployments quickly gathering speed, as enterprises, service providers and data centers strive to maximize capacity per fiber at the core of the network.”