Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2014

Published: 22 July 2014

ID: G00263160

Analyst(s): Jay Lassman, Bjarne Munch


Enterprise networks demand continued modernization due to the effects of enterprise initiatives, such as data center virtualization, the cloud and unified communications. From this array of impacts, Gartner has assessed the technologies that are the most relevant to the enterprise network.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
    • Data Center Virtualization
    • Hybrid 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
    • Hybrid Unified Communications and Collaboration
    • White-Box Switching
    • WAN Optimization as a Service
  • At the Peak
    • SDN Applications
    • Multivendor WLAN Controller Protocols
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Mobile Satellite Services
    • Network Function Virtualization
    • Enterprise Video Content Management
    • 802.11ac Wave 1
    • Application Performance Monitoring
    • Software-Defined Networks
    • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
    • Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Tools
    • NCCM Tools
    • OpenFlow
    • Cloud UC (UCaaS)
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
    • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
    • IPv6
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Ka Band Satellite Communications
    • Hosted Virtual Desktops
    • Virtual Switch
    • WAN Optimization Services
    • Ethernet Services
    • Unified Communications and Collaboration
    • Virtual I/O
  • Entering the Plateau
    • VoIP Over WLAN
    • Rich Media on Demand
    • 802.11n
    • Network Fault Monitoring Tools
    • Application Delivery Controller
    • Hybrid MPLS/Internet WAN
    • Rich Media — Live Streaming
    • WAN Optimization Controllers
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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