The New Networking
COVID-19 has changed daily life for millions across the globe, but it also upended entire industries in 2020, from hospitality and retail to medicine and technology. The networking space, for better or for worse, was no exception.
It’s safe to say that teleworking isn’t going anywhere, and vendors are making adjustments to their portfolios to enable remote networking and right-size offerings such as SD-WAN, especially for small to midsize companies. On the plus side, the demand for edge networking offerings is going through the roof as businesses demand compute and storage at the edge to empower brand-new use cases that perhaps no one was expecting at the start of this year, such as outdoor connectivity in unusual places. Those use cases will continue to pick up steam heading into next year as solution providers become more well-versed in the new and creative ways they can enable and please their end users.
From the increasing focus on IoT and edge networking in a COVID-19 world, to the rise of 5G and teleworking, here are five enterprise network trends that we predict will flourish in 2021.