5 Networking Technology Trends In 2022

A trend can be defined as a general direction in which something is developing or changing. So, what direction is networking technology developing or changing in?

5 Networking Technology Trends In 2022

According to Mary Branscombe of The New Stack,  internet services have seen rises in usage from 40-100%, compared to pre-lockdown levels. Video-conferencing services like Zoom, Cisco Webex or Microsoft Teams have seen a ten times increase in usage, and content delivery services like Akamai have seen a 30 % increase in content usage.

When it comes to network technologies, we believe the following five will continue their exponential trajectory in 2022. Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) – SD-WAN has become far more critical as businesses shut down offices, driving either a hybrid work environment or a complete work-from-home (WFH) strategy.

SD-WAN

SD-WAN, a virtual WAN architecture that allows enterprises to leverage any combination of transport services—including MPLS, LTE and broadband internet services—to securely connect users to applications, will continue to be adopted by small to large enterprises throughout the globe. Though many employees are making their despondent way back to their offices, either full or part-time, SD-WAN will remain vital for an organisations network success.

5G Cellular – The increased number of connected devices that we’re currently experiencing puts a strain on the existing 4G LTE networks. 5G will help make the IoT faster and more efficient because it allows for a quicker transfer of large volumes of data produced by the vast number of connected devices.

5G Cellular

We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories of 5G and how it should be banned globally. Well, we find those conspiracies humorous and very short-sighted. 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connect new industries. We see 5G seriously pushing the envelope over the next 12 months.

Wi-Fi 6 – Wi-Fi 6 (otherwise known as 802.11ax) brings faster throughput speeds, better battery life, and less bandwidth congestion than what you get with Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) technology.

Wi-Fi 6

WiFi 6 expands the WiFi band from 80 MHz to 160 MHz, doubling the channel width and creating a faster connection from your router to the device. With WiFi 6, you can enjoy 8K movies, large file downloads and uploads, and responsive smart home devices – all without buffering. With more and more individuals joining the world of streaming, downloading, etc the need for greater capabilities is always on the rise. Both in a corporate and private capacity.

AI Enablement – As the workplace splintered into Work-From-Home and hybrid environments, the security threat profile changed dramatically. Additionally, managing productivity for remote workers is infinitely more challenging, and AI can help bolster human efforts through monitoring and analytics.

AI Enablement

Think of a world where AI-enabled technologies are there to help us with everything. From healthcare and manufacturing through to targeted marketing and sales. This is on the horizon. This is why we believe that the drive for AI-enabled technology will continue to increase throughout 2022 and into the future.

Network Automation – The growth can be attributed to the widespread acceptance of advanced technologies such as intent-based networking, SD-WAN, and DevOps. The growing demand for deep learning algorithms in AI to control network equipment remotely has fuelled the market growth.

Network Automation

Everything is going towards automation. Sales automation, marketing automation, automated manufacturing. Networks are no different. Automating the network will improve the user experience 10-fold. Engineers are already using technologies such as SD-WAN, but we believe this is just brushing the surface of network automation. As technology improves, the improvements come thick and fast and this will happen for networks.

To conclude, the five technologies above are our technologies to watch for 2022 and beyond. Engineers have only just opened the world for these technologies, we haven’t started developing/evolving them to meet their full potential yet.

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