Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2011



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Communications infrastructure modernization is a top priority for most enterprise organizations. Demand is surging for many network-intensive applications, while broad cost reduction initiatives are driving up network investment requirements. Here are the technologies you need to watch.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off The Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • 802.11ad
      • Video Content Management and Delivery
      • 802.11ac
      • OpenFlow
      • Transcoderless and Software-Based Videoconferencing Infrastructure
      • Context Delivery Architecture
    • At the Peak
      • Passive Optical LAN
      • Communications-Enabled Business Processes
      • Mobile Consumer Application Platforms
      • Data Center Bridging
      • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
      • 4G Standard
      • Virtual Switch
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Mobile Satellite Services
      • 6LoWPAN
      • "In the Cloud" Security Services
      • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
      • Machine-to-Machine Communication Services
      • Mobile Device Management
      • Network Configuration and Change Management Tools
      • Software-Defined Radio
      • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
      • Unified Communications and Collaboration
      • Hosted Virtual Desktops
      • IPv6
      • 802.16-2009
      • Video Telepresence
      • Ka-Band Satellite Communications
      • Virtual I/O
      • WAN Optimization Services
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Enhanced Network Delivery
      • Network Access Control
      • 802.11n
      • Ethernet Services
      • SIP Communications
      • Open-Source Communications
      • Mobile Enterprise Applications via SaaS
      • Network Performance Management Tools
      • 802.3at
      • Rich Media — Live Streaming
    • Entering the Plateau
      • Hybrid MPLS/Internet WAN
      • Rich Media on Demand
      • Application Delivery Controller
      • Location-Aware Technology
      • Location-Aware Applications
      • Metro-Area SANs
      • WAN Optimization Controllers
      • Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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