This 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."
Air interface, Application delivery, Enterprise IP telephony, Ethernet switch, InfiniBand switching, Internet of things, Public cloud services, Routers, Unified communications and collaboration, Videoconferencing equipment, VoIP, Wireless LAN infrastructure