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The future of networking technology is playing out right now
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of December 2017, Vol. 8, No. 10
In the 2011 novel Ready Player One, author Ernest Cline offers his take on the future of networking technology: a dystopian United States in 2044, where everyone is plugged into a virtual world dubbed Oasis. The protagonist, Wade Watts, is a network-savvy teen who discusses data center stacks, servers, bandwidth and security with the air of a wizened IT pro as he stays a step ahead of forces who are out to stop him (spoiler alert). The book also offers some hardcore '80s pop culture nostalgia, for anyone into things like John Hughes movies and new wave music. In this story, the only way to escape the dreary real world is to have a thorough understanding of the networked, virtual world. Today's infrastructure is not to the point of plugging people in -- at least not yet. But the future of networking technology is already underway, and, like Watts, IT managers must understand how all these evolving concepts will work together. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), for one, is an intriguing peek into the future of networking ...
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The hyper-converged system combines compute and storage, but without networking baked into vendors' HCI, many enterprises are using a switching workaround.
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Intent-based networking systems promise a new way to deliver network services. But the concept needs to be fine-tuned before it can usher in a new era of network automation.
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To prepare for the future of networking technology, IT managers must understand evolving concepts like hyper-convergence, SD-WAN and intent-based networking.