Top 6 Network Trends that Enterprises Will Encounter in 2020

Top 6 Network Trends that Enterprises Will Encounter in 2020

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Monday, January 13, 2020

Irrespective of anything, technologies can improve visibility, speed of implementation, and ultimately steer the business productivity better than before into the coming decade.

FREMONT, CA: 2020 is turning out to be the busy one for enterprise IT network teams. Apart from SD-WAN implementations and WiFi 6 upgrades, the past years have been comparatively slow, in terms of executing new and innovative technologies. Fortunately, in 2020, many network teams are on edge, when it comes to implementing advanced platforms, tools, and methodologies that can bring aging networks into a new world. 

From a higher standpoint, network teams might get busy with creating networks that can support the emerging services, create time-saving efficiencies, and accomplish corporate network footprint. Digitization of the existing manual processes can be seen driving the need for faster network speeds, as well as new services. Most of the technologies are likely to be implemented into the LAN/WAN, whereas others are more cloud-oriented, along with service provider-oriented as well. 

Below are the top 7 networking technologies trends that people and industries might expect to see in the year 2020, extensively:

Network Automation:

The growing demands for networking services are starting to outpace the availability of a network team to implement on the requests. With the advancement of technology, network automation tools are out on the surface to the rescue of such issues. No matter if the product is pre-packed from a commercial networking vendor or an open-source alternative, the tools need to have tasks such as repeatable network configurations, config validation testing, replicating deployments, and duplicating operational management tasks.

5G Connectivity:

5G is extensively being considered from a mobile device connectivity point of view. The latest wireless technology can additionally enhance enterprises from a branch office viewpoint. From the very start of 2020, it is essential to look for network vendors to initiate the integration of 5G into their cellular branch office gateways. It will help in the rapid deployment of remote sites that offer data speeds, enables the businesses to spin up an office quickly, and move an office with no time. 

IoT Network Monitoring:

With IoT finally shaping up reality this year, the primary security concerns such as IoT devices' virtual segmentation from the rest of the network will result as a significant task for the network team. Building secure zones, known as microsegments, will help the IoT devices to function on the same corporate network, and meanwhile, also reduce the risk to other parts of the network. The visibility of the end-to-end IoT monitoring will not only assist with enhancing performance but shall also help to make sure that IoT devices haven't been compromised by recognizing, while the IoT device communication differs from the norm.

The Generality of the Internet Edge:

While moving most of the applications, data, and services into public clouds, enterprises realize that very few servers in the data center are operating the Internet-facing services. It means that the current Internet-edge architectures result in being more complicated than required. Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) has usually been used at the Internet edge to offer full internet redundancy by linking two or more BGP peers with the same public IP space. Only outbound Internet redundancy will be needed if all Internet-facing services dwell in public clouds. In that case, BGP can be removed at the Internet edge, supporting much more basic outbound Internet load balancing methods.

Network Analytics:

Big data and developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have reached a point where the two can be utilized to provide unparalleled levels of network performance. A few organizations have been hosting the use of network analytics (NA) tools in their environments from last year, while others have begun using NA in production environments in 2020.

Edge Computing:

Edge computing is used to take compute and data closer to the end-user when compared to conventional cloud computing and also significantly reducing bandwidth costs with lower network latency. The day is not far when virtually all business verticals find ways to use edge computing that will cut down expenses, enhance processes, or build a competitive advantage.

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