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Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking and Communications, 2018

Published: 13 July 2018

ID: G00338722

Analyst(s): Mike Toussaint , Danellie Young


I&O leaders must evolve their networks to support functional and strategic business requirements by continually evaluating new technologies that support digital business initiatives and new business models while also providing flexible, resilient, and scalable connectivity.

Table Of Contents


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

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