Gartner Research

2018 Strategic Roadmap for Networking

Published: 03 May 2018

ID: G00351455

Analyst(s): Neil Rickard , Andrew Lerner


Enterprises are adopting new IT delivery models and applications that require fundamental network changes from device access to the network core. To improve the agility and rate of innovation of their networks, I&O leaders need to drive mindset changes toward agile processes and versatile people.

Table Of Contents


  • The Digital Business Is Changing Network Requirements
  • A New Culture Is Essential to Driving Innovation
  • Use Cost Containment to Liberate Funding for Innovation
  • A Strategic Network Roadmap
  • Future State
    • Operational Innovation for Digital Business Alignment
    • Functional Innovation
    • Cost Innovation
  • Current State
    • The Traditional MPLS WAN Isn't Optimized for the Cloud
    • Public Cloud Networking and Private Cloud Networking Are Not Integrated
    • IoT Employs Many Fragmented 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 Service Catalog
    • Optimizing Budget Allocations Across Products and People
  • Migration Plan
    • Higher Priority
    • Medium Priority
    • Lower Priority


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