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What Does 2016 Hold For The Networking Industry?

Extreme Networks and its partners tells us what they think 2016 will bring to the network industry.

Device trends such as BYOX (bring your own anything) has fuelled a high volume of devices in the workplace which has created complexity for the IT department who are in charge of managing the network in which these devices connect.

The norm is to connect wirelessly, which introduces an almost unlimited volume of laptops, tablets and smartphones, all with corresponding downloads and application usage. For example, hundreds of millions of websites and cloud‐based services generate a vast range of multimedia voice, data and video content that flow through the network – all of which dramatically impact network performance and reliability.

In 2016, network and IT managers will need clearer visibility into their networks to provide high quality user experience, while continuing to manage an evolving landscape. We asked Extreme Networks and its partners, what they felt were the successes and challenges of 2015 and what they consider 2016 will bring to the network industry.

According to Martin Jones, managing director, LAN3: “2015 was the year that technology adoption started to really accelerate in the healthcare market. Healthcare will continue to be an exciting vertical market in 2016, as a result of the government’s ambition for the NHS to be ‘digital and paperless’ by 2020. Whilst still a couple of years off, the small steps being put in place between now and then will drive increasingly higher demand for intelligent, robust and secure networks.”

Tony Brar, director, NETconnection Systems: “2016 will see a further growth in Wi-Fi, driven by the migration to wave 2 802.11ac technologies. This will be particularly pertinent in the NHS, following the recent announcement from health secretary Jeremy Hunt that free Wi-Fi is to be provided in all NHS buildings in England in a bid to improve services and reduce costs. The funding for this will be provided through a £1bn technology fund, which is likely to create LAN upgrade opportunities to service the high bandwidth requirements of wave 2 802.11ac access points.”

Mahmood Chaudhri, managing director, Datrix: “2016 will be the year when mobility and SDN really take off. People increasingly expect wireless connectivity wherever they go and organisations must adapt or face losing credibility and, ultimately, customers. 

IT departments are starting to understand buzz terms like SDN, Internet of Things (IoT), how these impact their organisation, and they’re ready to embrace them. Our conversations are already moving away from hardware towards much more strategic, meaningful conversions around software, analytics and the cloud.”

Finally, Chris Elliott, country manager, UK & Ireland at Extreme Networks: “2016 will see a continuation of the transformational changes in IT, such as BYOD and the use of cloud based applications.  While we will see similar challenges on the network faced in 2015, we will also see acceleration in the adoption of some smart solutions and technologies that can help with productivity. Network intelligence will have to increase – via SDN in some cases – but more widely by analytics solutions providing user, device and application information in a context relevant to the organisation’s business objectives. Without this increased visibility of how an organisation is working it will become harder to make business decisions, never mind IT decisions.”

This article was originally published by Channel Pro.


Topics: LAN Networking Wireless Extreme Networks