Gartner Research

2017 Strategic Roadmap for Networking

Published: 27 February 2017

ID: G00324263

Analyst(s): Lisa Pierce , Mark Fabbi , Danilo Ciscato


Enterprises are adopting new IT delivery models and applications that are imposing fundamental network changes from device access to core. I&O leaders need to align their networking capabilities with emerging digital business needs, and to create a culture that rewards innovation.

Table Of Contents


  • The Digital Business Is Changing Network Requirements
  • A New Culture Is Essential to Driving Innovation
  • Cost Containment Enables Innovation
  • A Strategic Network Roadmap
  • Future State
    • Operational Innovation for Digital Business Alignment
    • Functional Innovation
    • Cost Innovation
  • Current State
    • Traditional MPLS WAN Isn't Optimized for the Cloud
    • Public and Private Cloud Networks Are Not Integrated
    • IoT Employs Many Wireless Technologies
    • Real-Time Applications Continue to Grow: Legacy Voice Infrastructure Persists
    • Data Center Networks Are Operated Manually
    • Lack of an Enterprise Network Services Catalog
    • The Network Is Slow to Change, but Expensive to Maintain
  • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
    • Implementing a Cloud-Optimized WAN
    • Achieving Better Network Agility in the Data Center
    • Focus on Unique Requirements for IoT
    • Delivering a Network Services Catalog
    • Optimizing Budget Allocations Across Products and People
  • Migration Plan
    • Higher Priority
    • Medium Priority
    • Lower Priority


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