IT - Networks

In 2020, the pandemic threw the best-laid IT plans into chaos. As enterprises find their footing again, here are four network trends defining the second half of 2021

"The COVID-19 crisis supercharged several major 2021 networking trends that appear poised to outlast the pandemic itself.

As enterprises inch cautiously toward normalcy, organizations are pushing ahead with cloud, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) adoption -- all initiatives that support secure remote and hybrid work. Meanwhile, some groups report that projects they put on hold in early 2020, such as campus LAN upgrades, are also back in play..."


As our world becomes increasingly virtual, fast, and reliable network connections have never been more critical

"Businesses and consumers alike expect a fully connected experience in all aspects of their lives and eagerly await 5G's faster data speeds, lower latency, and increased connectivity.

5G will become a key driver of our digital economy. In their 2020 State of the Mobile Economy report (PDF), the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) predicted that 5G would contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034, and in turn, will be 'the first generation in the history of mobile to have a bigger impact on enterprise than consumers.' 5G's always-on connectivity, zero-lag video communication, and augmented reality applications will significantly increase productivity. At the same time, automation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will drive new business opportunities across healthcare, manufacturing, smart cities, and more..."

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