Wireless 'top' networking priority in 2015
Allied Telesis predicts wireless will be more important than ever this year
Wireless access is more important than ever to the enterprise, driven by the unprecedented adoption rate of mobile devices in the workplace, according to IP/Ethernet switching vendor Allied Telesis.
Laying out predictions for 2015, Allied Telesis said that wireless will continue to be more important in the foreseeable future, and that the new wireless standard, 802.11ac, will lead to continuing growth in demand for wireless access products. The vendor said that enterprises should expect wireless to fulfil a critical role in the enterprise network infrastructure.
Indeed, Allied Telesis said that users will demand "pervasive and reliable" wireless coverage as time goes on, as well as seamless mobility. This would drive the need for tightly integrated management platforms, the vendor said.
Meanwhile, the wireless revolution would also lead to the convergence of multiple services on the same wireless and wired infrastructures, introducing new challenges in managing networks and users, Allied Telesis predicted. The vendor advised on adopting a mentality of a unified network infrastructure to address these problems.
"Unified network infrastructure will enable organisations to network smarter and add more intelligence to their environments as the amount of information collected from sensors and devices increases exponentially," the vendor said in a statement.
"Security solutions will become more heavily integrated to guarantee the security of data and the privacy of users across the entire infrastructure."
Naturally, security will play a major role in the shaping of enterprise technology decisions in 2015. Allied Telesis said that the growing number of threats would escalate demands for newer network protection technologies, particularly given the number of high-profile attacks in 2014. Allied Telesis added that next-generation firewall (NGFW) technology, which integrates application control capability, will play a leading role in the security space in 2015.
Finally, Allied Telesis predicted that more enterprises will begin to look at software-defined networking.
"The flexibility in user location and device usage that is becoming the norm in Enterprise IT, as the BYOD concept has taken hold, will drive requirements for more dynamic operation of enterprise communication systems," the vendor said.
"Organisations needing solutions to these requirements will increasingly look to SDN as the source of such solutions. The efficiencies to be gained by integration between business rules, user information, and network infrastructure will benefit network administrators and users alike."