Worldwide Enterprise Communications and Datacenter Network Infrastructure 2015 Top 10 Predictions

Worldwide Enterprise Communications and Datacenter Network Infrastructure 2015 Top 10 Predictions

This IDC study provides predictions for the top 10 trends impacting enterprise and datacenter networking in 2015. In 2015, IDC believes that enterprise networking, as well as datacenter networking, will continue to be transformed by virtualization, cloud, new applications, mobility, big data, and social media. These drivers will have a profound effect on business and technology requirements across the entire enterprise network. IDC expects that the aforementioned factors will place unprecedented demands on the scalability, programmability, agility, analytics capabilities, and management capabilities of enterprise networks. IDC predicts 2015 will see overall enterprise network revenue grow 2.9% to reach $41.4 billion.

According to Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, "The evolution of the network as a strategic business differentiator coupled with increased demands for network agility will lead to new innovations — and pressures — for the network in 2015. Among the major trends we predict for 2015: a growing influence from open networking standards and initiatives; SDN emerging in the WAN; the inflection point where 802.11ac becomes the dominant WLAN standard; the rise of SDN professional services; and federation of IM, presence, and video capabilities in the enterprise."

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In This Study
Situation Overview
Future Outlook
1. The Worldwide Enterprise Network Equipment Market Will Reach $41.4 Billion in 2015; Datacenter Network Spend Will Exceed $10 Billion
2. Network OEMs Will Respond to Disaggregated Bare Metal Switching
3. Open Networking Will Have a Growing Influence
4. SDN Will Move into the WAN and Trigger Consolidation
5. Unified Visibility of Wired and Wireless Networking Will Be "Table Stakes" in Enterprise Networking
6. 802.11ac WLAN Will Overtake 802.11n Earlier Than Expected and Will Propel 802.11n Toward Obsolescence
7. Organizations Will Increasingly Look to Federate Their IM, Presence, and Video Capabilities for B2B and B2C Applications in 2015
8. Video-Embedded IoT Applications Will Proliferate in 2015
9. Enterprises Will Embrace Connectivity When It Comes to Supporting the Network, Allowing Proactive Monitoring and Prescriptive Maintenance of the Enterprise Network Environment
10. Professional Services Surrounding SDN Will Help Enterprise Customers Prioritize, Align, and Establish Processes for Networking Investments
Essential Guidance
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Figure: Worldwide Enterprise WLAN AP Revenue by Standard, 2013–2018

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