What Does the Future of Networking Look Like?
For the last several years, networking professionals have been battling outdated IT environments. Cutting-edge networking software and hardware can be hard to come by when juggling an infrastructure that typically uses out-of-date technologies. Nonetheless, networking professionals can rest easy knowing that advanced networking technologies are on the horizon that can help them overcome some of these challenges.
Ditch the Cables With Wireless LAN
A major thorn in the side of networking teams is outdated Wi-Fi networks. Looking ahead, networking technology is slowly making cabled networking a thing of the past. By updating to a managed wireless LAN, IT staff will enable their users to be more mobile, more productive with faster speeds that modern applications require (even in crowded environments), and be more secure.
Wi-Fi 6 Is the Next-Level Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is a lifeline for reliable networking connectivity, which is why your organization must be always looking toward the latest and greatest that Wi-Fi has to offer. When you upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, you get the most out of your network by giving teams access to a wider coverage range and higher data throughput.
SD-WAN Reduces Costs
Investing in a modern networking strategy could save your organization money. When compared to traditional alternatives, analysts estimate that SD-WAN can help cut costs by almost 65%. If you ditch legacy MPLS connections and move over to a managed SD-WAN, you can reduce costs by tapping into public internet and low-cost broadband.
New-Fashioned Organizations Are Implementing Security at Every Level
With the threat landscape growing exponentially and the workforce becoming more mobile, protecting users has become more challenging than ever before. Networking solutions with integrated security is one-way businesses are dealing with these challenges. These solutions include secure SD-WAN technology, Wi-Fi and switch solutions with built-in security, and endpoint solutions designed to keep the user protected even when away from the corporate network.
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture is emerging as the strategy to incorporate all of these types of solutions together into one seamless solution. In late 2020, market research reporting claimed that the SASE market will experience a CAGR of 116% that will create a market value of more than $5B by 2024. This may be due in part to the fact that telecommuting is in full swing for so many organizations. SASE architecture can help support the needs of teams that work from home.
Networking professionals know that WAN management can be complex. However, they can ease some of these pain points by combining managed networks with a secure SD-WAN solution to be SASE-ready.
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