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Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking and Communications, 2017

Published: 20 July 2017

ID: G00314958

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Bjarne Munch


I&O leaders are tasked with ensuring that their networks deliver optimum value. Those responsible must take advantage of emerging network capabilities that are responsive to requirements for digital business initiatives to increase agility, enhance connectivity and simplify performance management.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Named Data Networking
    • Time Sensitive Networking
    • Advanced Underserved Area Comms
    • 5G Services
    • Intent-Based Networking
    • ADCaaS
  • At the Peak
    • Network On-Demand Services
    • Container Networking
    • Open Compute Project Networking
    • IoT Networking
    • Virtual CPE
    • SD-WAN Services
    • 25/50G Ethernet
    • NFV Services
    • Software-Defined Perimeter
    • 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • SD-WAN (Products)
    • Brite-Box Switching
    • 802.11ad
    • 802.11ac Wave 2
    • Mobile Satellite Services
    • Enterprise Network Function Virtualization
    • Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Tools
    • Cloud-Managed LANs
    • Network Configuration and Change Management Tools
    • Software-Defined Networking
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Cloud UC (UCaaS)
    • Application Performance Monitoring Suites
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
    • IPv6
    • Ka Band Satellite Communications
    • Cellular to Wi-Fi Authentication
    • Hybrid WAN
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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