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Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2019

Published: 09 July 2019

ID: G00377401

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Danellie Young


Relying on incremental network updates and technology refresh cycles will no longer be sufficient to keep pace as enterprises digitally transform. Instead, I&O leaders must adopt new network technologies and network processes, and evolve their culture to support their business in the digital era.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Named Data Networking
    • Secure Access Service Edge
    • Site Reliability Engineering
    • Enhanced Internet Delivery
    • Service Mesh
    • Software-Defined Cloud Interconnect
    • 400 Gbps Ethernet
    • Edge Networking
    • NVMe-oF
  • At the Peak
    • 5G Services
    • Low Earth Orbit Satellite Systems
    • Firewall as a Service
    • Kubernetes Networking
    • Multicloud Networking
    • Network On-Demand Services
    • Universal CPE
    • Network Automation
    • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
    • Intent-Based Networking
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Open Compute Project Networking
    • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
    • 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet
    • Brite-Box Switching
  • Climbing the Slope
    • 25/50G Ethernet
    • Software-Defined Networking
    • SD-WAN
    • Microsegmentation
    • IPv6
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
    • Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Tools
    • Cloud-Managed Networks
    • 802.11ac Wave 2
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Hybrid WAN
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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