Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2012


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Communications infrastructure modernization continues to be a priority for IT organizations. Several technologies continue to evolve to support enterprise initiatives such as data center virtualization, cloud, mobility, improved network and application performance.

Table of Contents

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