Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2013

Published: 26 July 2013

ID: G00251108

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch


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


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
    • Data Center Virtualization
    • Public Cloud Computing
    • Enterprise Mobility
    • Real-Time Enterprise Communications
    • 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
    • SDN Applications
    • Hybrid Unified Communications and Collaboration
  • At the Peak
    • Multivendor WLAN Controller Protocols
    • Enterprise Video Content Management
    • Network Functions Virtualization
    • Software-Defined Networks
    • LTE-A
    • 802.11ac
    • Passive Optical LAN
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Mobile Satellite Services
    • OpenFlow
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
    • Fabric-Based Infrastructure
    • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
    • Application Performance Monitoring
    • Mobile QoS for LTE
    • Network Configuration and Change Management Tools
    • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
    • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
    • One-Tier Data Center Switch
    • IPv6
    • Virtual Switch
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Hosted Virtual Desktops
    • Ka-Band Satellite Communications
    • Network Access Control
    • Enhanced Network Delivery
    • Ethernet Services
    • Network Performance Monitoring Tools
    • Rich Media — Live Streaming
    • Virtual I/O
    • Long Term Evolution
    • WAN Optimization Services
    • VoIP Over WLAN
    • 802.11n
    • Unified Communications and Collaboration
    • Video Telepresence
    • Rich Media on Demand
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Application Delivery Controller
    • Network Fault Monitoring Tools
    • 802.3at
    • Hybrid MPLS/Internet WAN
    • WAN Optimization Controllers
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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