Traditionally, at the end of each year, IT solution experts prepare predictions about the technologies that are likely to shape the enterprise networking market over the next 12 months. 2022 is no exception.
2020 and 2021 have driven an unprecedented evolution in distributed and complex environments. Countless companies have decided to close their physical offices in order to move to 100% remoteness, which has changed their connectivity needs. As remote work continues to change our daily lives, there is every reason to believe that SD-WAN, 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will continue to gain momentum in 2022.
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From VPN to SD-WAN
VPN, once a popular solution for remote workers, has recently been superseded by always-on SD-WAN devices. Professionals around the world have praised the benefits of this advanced connection technology. It is a virtual network based on the underlying physical network, the main advantage of which is that it can be managed from a central unit.
With this solution, the network boundary extends to employees’ homes. In 2022, companies will remain determined to continue moving to SD-WAN through an overall improvement in the experience of their employees working from home and a higher degree of reliability.
The cloud is still in demand
You guessed it: in 2022, cloud computing will continue to grow. External factors only contribute to the spread of hybrid and distributed cloud architectures in the enterprise. The focus will continue to be on the distributed cloud with back-end servers. Thus, companies are looking to gain more flexibility while maintaining maximum control over their operations.
To do this, IT departments often use innovative network management software to increase productivity through in-depth analysis, troubleshooting, and better monitoring of the enterprise’s IT ecosystem as a whole.
Wi-Fi 6 is the new standard
While the move to Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t been a key trend in 2021 due to fewer staff (and therefore connected devices) in physical corporate offices, this technological advancement is becoming increasingly popular among remote workers. In 2022, the future looks bright for the introduction of this new wireless standard operating in the 6 GHz band.
Mobile network: 5G
While many government programs to roll out 5G widely, such as smart city projects, have faced significant setbacks over the past few years, fixed-line 5G continues to win the hearts of remote workers. With higher bandwidth and improved response, this technology promises a significant performance boost.
Emergence of AI
Challenges associated with the transition to remote work and hybrid work environments have led to an increase in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in network infrastructure management. In addition to providing a better understanding of operational processes, AI can improve how IT departments respond to alerts.
As 2022 dawns, digital challenges are more prominent than ever. Suddenly, what should have been temporary changes are deeply rooted in our lives, testing existing computing environments. Then we must face the truth: the current trends in the world of IT networks are not going anywhere.