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5 Inevitable Trends That Could Cripple Your Network

In a recent report, Verizon and Forrester Research identified five technologies that will mean big changes for your network infrastructure. Consider yourself warned.
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Now that the "perfect storm" of technologies is upon us, the enterprise network is coming into its own. Networking professional often report feeling underappreciated because of the emergence of technologies like virtualization and automation. But, when examined closely, the network is on the brink of a moment of truth. Enterprises that understand the importance and value of the network will invest in the technology and leverage their infrastructure in order to build entirely new capabilities and streams of revenue. Those that don't will fall by the wayside.

According to Verizon, the network has become "your business' central nervous system." We expect capabilities like ecommerce, quick tracking of products, systems and services, instant access, and cool customer apps and analytics. But none of that is possible without the network as the basic foundation. If the network isn't up to snuff, the business services won't be, either.

Verizon may hold this opinion partly because it makes a living running one of the largest networks in the world, but the sentiment echoes what we've been saying at Network Computing for years. The carrier commissioned Forrester Research to conduct a study about business challenges and IT transformation. In the resulting report, they conclude, "the network is arguably the single most important focus for enterprise technology investments in the next five years."

The network is a competitive advantage, but IT must help their business peers understand how that advantage can be exploited. IT pros are getting on board; nearly 80% of the 600 decision makers polled by Forrester said it is IT's responsibility to ensure the network can support their company's digital plans.

The Forrester survey identified five technologies that are already here or imminent for most companies, but that will require a bulletproof network to thrive and generate new business opportunity. Most of them (if not all) will seem pretty obvious individually. But take a moment to think about the combination of these effects on your network and how much your infrastructure can realistically handle.

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Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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10/9/2015 | 1:38:10 PM
Re: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933225312
Same here @Marcia, IoT is still with limited education and information but South Korea seem to have taken it over. I mean 37.9 is good number.
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MarciaNWC,
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10/9/2015 | 11:30:40 AM
Re: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933225312
Thanks for sharing that report @aditshar, interesting findings! I wonder what's behind the IoT surge in Korea?
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aditshar1,
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10/9/2015 | 11:18:01 AM
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933225312
No doubt Cisco has every thing and anything required to integrate and deploy IoT, on the other hand, i read impressive report by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which shares list of countries by IoT devices online. And it is South Korea with 37.9 ranking 1.



 
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MarciaNWC,
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10/7/2015 | 3:15:42 PM
infrastructure impact
It's daunting to think about the impact IoT, cloud, and mobile growth will altogether have on networks.

Cisco held a conference earlier this week for editors, where CEO Chuck Robbins focused on IoT; with an estimated 500 billion connected devices by 2030, he said the requirement will be for an intelligent, massively distributed network. He stressed security, data analytics and programmability -- of course all provided by Cisco.
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