I also expect combination devices that integrate VoIP, switch, firewall/router/NAT & DHCP server and other capabilities to become more popular and widespread. Given the relative lack of IPv6 news in 2004, I'm wondering if that topic won't remain similarly quiet in 2005, though I'm personally hoping for some action on that front myself. I also expect wireless networking technologies to continue to become more widely used, faster, cheaper...
and (hopefully) more secure.
Ed Tittel, President, LANWrights
Ed Tittel is a principal at LANWrights, Inc., a network-oriented writing, training, and consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. He is the recipient of the 2004 Networking Professional Association Career Achievement Award, recently presented at Networld+Interop Las Vegas.
Ed is the creator of the Exam Cram series and has worked on over 50 certification-related books on Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, information security and Sun-related topics. From 1996 until 2001, Ed taught in the Certified Webmaster Program at Austin Community College. He is a member of the NetWorld+ Interop faculty, where he specializes in Windows-related courses on security and performance topics. Ed is also a contributing editor to Certification magazine, a columnist for CramSession.com, a writer for numerous TechTarget Web sites and Series Editor for Que Certification's Exam Cram and Training Guide books.