2016 Trends: Preparing the Network for Web-Scale Demands

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IoT Challenges

When it comes to IoT, bandwidth is NOT the ultimate challenge.

There is so much talk about how many things we're going to need to manage – whether 25 billion or 38 billion by 2020, the fact is much of the data transmitted by IoT devices will not take up much bandwidth. The bigger challenge for network operators will be to securely address the scale and control requirements of managing the sheer number of endpoints, and it will require more than one approach. We expect to see much research and innovation in this sector.

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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