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Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2020

Published: 08 July 2020

ID: G00441509

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Danellie Young


While 5G and SD-WAN remain highly hyped, COVID-19 instantly shifted I&O’s priorities, creating the need to dynamically, rapidly and temporarily scale to support a large remote workforce. This accelerated interest in cloud-based and consumption-based networking and security technologies.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • FACs (NextGen SmartNICs)
    • Named Data Networking
    • Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be)
    • Enhanced Internet Services
    • SD-Branch
    • Software-Defined Cloud Interconnect
  • At the Peak
    • Low Earth Orbit Satellite Systems
    • Standard Private LTE
    • Kubernetes Networking
    • Edge Networking
    • Multicloud Networking
    • NVMe-oF
    • Service Mesh
    • Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
    • 5G Services
    • 400 Gbps Ethernet
    • Network On-Demand Services
    • Network Automation
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Telemetry-Based Routing
    • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
    • Open Networking/OCP Networking
    • Zero Trust Network Access
    • Intent-Based Networking
    • NFV and uCPE
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
    • Identity-Based Segmentation (Microsegmentation)
    • SD-WAN
    • IPv6
    • Ethernet Switching Fabric
    • Cloud-Managed Networks
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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