2016 Trends: Preparing the Network for Web-Scale Demands

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Software Will Take a Bigger Role

While it is clear that network virtualization, SDN and NFV will significantly improve the way networks operate, and some progress has been made, there is still a way to go before the ideal of a fully open software control layer with commoditized hardware can be achieved. As such, in 2016 service providers will get pragmatic as they seek to use orchestration, as a complement to SDN/NFV, to more quickly manage and provision across multiple domains and across a mix of physical and virtual networking devices. Orchestration will ultimately allow service providers to step toward more virtualized, on-demand networks.

Loudon Blair, senior technology director, Network Architecture, Office of the CTO, Ciena, believes that in 2016, we will continue to see fundamental changes to the way networks are designed, architected and provisioned in order to meet the growing bandwidth requirements of today's web-scale world. The web-scale dynamics currently impacting the network include the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and virtualization, HD video and mobility. As organizations get more comfortable with these changes, we'll see them make adjustments based on lessons learned.

In this slideshow, Blair outlines networking trends that we can expect to start seeing in 2016.

 

Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

 
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