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Worldwide Enterprise Networking 2016 Top 10 Predictions

Worldwide Enterprise Networking 2016 Top 10 PredictionsThis IDC study provides predictions for the top 10 trends impacting enterprise and datacenter networking in 2016. IDC believes that, in 2016, both enterprise networking and datacenter networking will continue to be transformed by the 3rd Platform (cloud, mobility, big data, and social business) as well as its emerging accelerators, including IoT and robotics. Virtualization also continues to have a sizable impact on the enterprise network. These drivers will have a profound effect on business and technology requirements across the entire enterprise network. IDC expects that these factors will place unprecedented demands on the scalability, programmability, agility, analytics capabilities, and management capabilities of enterprise networks. IDC predicts that, in 2016, overall enterprise network revenue will grow 3.5% to reach $41.1 billion.According to Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure, "The network is becoming a more strategic element of many business strategies and, in many cases, is the backbone of the business moving forward. In 2016, we will see that manifest as enterprise IT decision makers seek new technologies that can create new efficiencies by shifting the physical to the virtual, leveraging APIs, and building better pathways to customer engagement while maximizing the value of pre-existing networking deployments."

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1. Worldwide Enterprise Network Infrastructure Market Will Reach $41.1 Billion in 2016; Datacenter Network Spend Will Exceed $10.8 Billion
2. Public Cloud Will Have a Major and Growing Impact on Datacenter Networking in 2016
3. Growth of SD-WAN Will Ramp Up Sharply in 2016
4. The Rise of Containers Will Have Significant Ramifications for Networking
5. APIs and SDKs for Embedded, Real-Time Communications (Voice, Video, Messaging, and Conferencing) Will Proliferate in 2016 and Beyond
6. Despite the Momentum Around Video Cloud Services and Web Browser Usage, Enterprise Videoconferencing Endpoints Will Show Healthy Growth (8.3%) in 2016 and Beyond
7. A Number of Active M&A Participants Will Be Expected in the Enterprise Videoconferencing and UC&C Spaces in 2016
8. Digital Transformation Will Lead to Wireless-First Orientation in 75% of Enterprises
9. WLAN Will Rise to Be on Par with LTE as the Preferred Enterprise IoT Connectivity Method in 2016
10. Vendor Support for Campus SDN Will Garner Attention with a Number of Vendors Going "All Out" in Demonstrating Leadership
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