Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Networking and Communications, 2016

Published: 27 July 2016

ID: G00290538

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Bjarne Munch


Enterprises must modernize their networks to support new projects such as digital business, IoT and mobility. These spur increasing demand for real-time applications and cloud services. As a result, Gartner assessed network technologies that are necessary to support seven enterprise initiatives.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
    • Hybrid Cloud Computing
    • Real-Time Enterprise Communications
    • LAN and WLAN
    • Mobile and Cellular Data
    • Enterprise Hybrid WAN
    • The Evolving Data Center Network
    • Network and Application Performance Monitoring and Management
    • New Technologies on This Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Named Data Networking
    • 5G Services
    • OpenConfig
    • Advanced Underserved Area Comms
    • 802.11ax
    • ADCaaS
    • Container Networking
    • Open Compute Project Networking
    • 25/50G Ethernet
    • 5G
    • SD-WAN Services
    • 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet
    • IoT Platform
  • At the Peak
    • Brite-Box Switching
    • IoT Networking
    • 802.11ad
    • Virtual CPE
    • NFV Services
    • LPWA
    • SD-WAN (Products)
    • 802.11ac Wave 2
    • Cloud-Managed LANs
    • WAN Optimization as a Service
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Mobile Satellite Services
    • Enterprise Network Function Virtualization
    • Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Tools
    • Software-Defined Networking
    • Network Configuration and Change Management Tools
    • Cloud UC (UCaaS)
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Application Performance Monitoring Suites
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
    • IPv6
    • Ka Band Satellite Communications
    • Hybrid WAN
    • 802.11ac Wave 1
    • Unified Communications and Collaboration
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Network Fault Management
    • VoIP Over WLAN
  • Appendix
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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