This IDC study provides a forecast for the worldwide network infrastructure market for 2015–2019. In Worldwide Enterprise Communications and Datacenter Network Infrastructure 2015 Top 10 Predictions (IDC #254030, January 2015), IDC explored a number of emerging trends materially impacting the network infrastructure market. Among those are trends that are changing fundamental assumptions about network infrastructure, such as SDN, open networking, and bare metal switching. At the same time, increased demands around end-user applications and devices and the general increased importance of the network to all aspects of business will spur significant investments and innovations in network infrastructure in both the datacenter and the enterprise. However, the final impact and ultimate trajectory of these forces are still uncertain."As enterprise networks are moving swiftly to a worldview centered around mobility and cloud-based applications, the relatively mature network infrastructure market will find new opportunities to grow. Demands for enterprise mobility, ubiquitous mobile application availability, and Internet of Things (IoT) will support the growing market even as open source, SDN, and price erosion threaten the status quo." — Nolan Greene, research analyst, Network Infrastructure, IDC
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