Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2015

Published: 27 July 2015

ID: G00277750

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch , Danellie Young


Enterprises must transform their networks to support innovative projects such as data center virtualization, cloud connectivity, mobility and real-time application growth. As a result, Gartner assessed the technologies that are the most relevant to enterprise network initiatives.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Named Data Networking
    • Advanced Underserved Area Comms
    • 802.11ac Wave 2
    • 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet
    • 802.11ad
    • Brite-Box Switching
  • At the Peak
    • SD-WAN
    • SDN Applications
    • WAN Optimization as a Service
    • Cloud-Managed LANs
    • White-Box Switching
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Mobile Satellite Services
    • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
    • Network Function Virtualization
    • Managed WLAN
    • Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Tools
    • Application Performance Monitoring
    • Network Configuration and Change Management Tools
    • Software-Defined Networks
    • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
    • Cloud UC (UCaaS)
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
  • Climbing the Slope
    • IPv6
    • Ka Band Satellite Communications
    • WAN Path Control
    • 802.11ac Wave 1
    • Hybrid WAN
    • Ethernet Services
    • Unified Communications and Collaboration
    • Virtual Switch
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Network Fault Management
    • VoIP Over WLAN
    • Application Delivery Controller
    • 802.11n
    • Rich Media on Demand
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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