What technology trends does Cisco consider especially significant for 2020? Part I. Network technology.

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What technology trends does Cisco consider especially significant for 2020? Part I. Network technology.

CISCO has wanted to carry out, once again, a series of predictions about technology trends that the company especially considers relevant or significant for 2020 :

The internet of the future

  • The internet of the future . The digital transformation will create in the coming years multiple experiences with advanced technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, 16K streaming, AI, 5G, quantum computing, adaptive cybersecurity, intelligent IoT and others not yet invented. These future generations of applications require capabilities that the current Internet infrastructure cannot feasibly support. It is necessary to rethink and reinvent the Internet infrastructure, so that the Network is faster, scalable, secure, economical and easier to manage. Cisco has announced recently its strategy to build the Internet of the future, based on innovations in processors, optics and intelligent software.

Digital applications

  • Digital applications, new brand loyalty . The digital interaction of users and consumers with businesses – through applications or web pages – is already common. According to the latest Cisco App Attention Index, the use of digital services has evolved into an unconscious behavior, a ‘digital reflection’. Most of those consulted (71%) admit that digital services are intrinsic to their daily life. These users demand a ‘premium’ experience from businesses. In case of performance problems with the applications, they will turn to the competition (49%) or advise against the service or the brand (63%). Starting in 2020, companies must deliver simple, fast and innovative digital experiences, paying particular attention to data analytics on real-time application performance.

Zero Trust and Threat Hunting

  • Zero Trust and Threat Hunting . Cyber-crimes now they cost to economies three times more than natural disasters on a global scale. Reactive security, which primarily addresses threats only when they affect systems, is no longer sufficient. Organizations demand to anticipate threats and a new ‘Zero Trust’ approach (zero trust outside the network perimeter). In addition, the model Threat Hunting It will play a bigger role in the holistic security strategy of organizations. Threat Hunting aims to discover new vulnerabilities and still unknown malware. Even if it does not detect malware, it will often reveal vulnerabilities that require new policies, thus reducing attack vectors.

Intent-Based Networking, beyond SDN

  • Intent-Based Networking, beyond SDN . Beyond connectivity, networks play a critical role in application reinvention, data protection, infrastructure transformation, and business tools. In recent years, they have evolved around SDN (Software-Defined Networking) by facilitating centralized management and security, greater flexibility, and lower costs. SDN constitutes a relevant bridge towards a true intent-based network (IBN, Intent-Based Networking), systems that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to anticipate actions, detect and resolve anomalies and stop cyber threats automatically. 78% of ICT managers consulted by Cisco foresee this evolution in the next two years, while 35% believe that their networks will be completely intent-based in 2022.

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In today’s article we are going to focus on the first block, in the “Network Tecnologies” part of network technologies.

Several important developments in network technology are coming together to form the basis of a new network model. Advances in five specific technological areas.

Five technologies that are shaping the new network.

  • Automation : The intent-based network model expands beyond the automation capabilities of a traditional software-defined network (SDN) to align the network with changing business needs, application demands, and policy requirements.
  • I artificial intelligence (AI) : Networks are supporting explosive growth in traffic volume, connected mobile and IoT devices, and interconnected applications and microservices. Today’s networks are also generating massive amounts of data that exceed the ability of human operators to manage, much less understand, in a timely manner.
  • Multi-cloud networks IT teams must ensure operational consistency as applications, workloads, services, and data become more distributed across the edge cloud continuum.
  • Wireless : The combination of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will deliver on the promise of a high-quality and seamless user experience in private and public areas, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Network security : The adoption of mobile, multicloud and IoT technologies is creating new security challenges.

These 5 technologies promise to drive the biggest wave of network transformation that has been seen in decades. They will support the needs of the larger scale, agility and security market and, in doing so, will allow emerging trends that are changing the world as we know it.

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