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What’s in for the networking industry in 2017

Kareyst Lin | Feb. 3, 2017
The number of IoT devices is growing exponentially. In 2017, how will the networking industry transform to keep up with the demands of this increasingly interconnected world? CIO Asia spoke to experts from Aruba and Juniper Networks to find out.

Shi predicted that policy management platforms are going to be of interest to companies in 2017. These platforms enable an organisation to gain visibility into who and what is connecting to their networks. Companies are seeking management tools that are both adaptive to how people now work, and are easily customised.

Policy management platforms give businesses a management interface that accommodates wireless and remote users, as well as emerging technologies and services like cloud computing and IoT.

2017 to be a year of collaborations
A major trend in 2017 will be the move towards integrating third-party applications into networks. This will result in the emergence of more open software-based network platforms, said Chiah. 

Consumers now want more flexible options in the workplace. In addition, with an increasing number of IoT devices looming on the horizon, enterprises need to move quickly to ensure that their networks are prepared.

Another area of collaboration is between the public and private sectors.

Many countries are embarking on smart city and/or smart nation projects, and the networking industry will undoubtedly be operating within the policies ecosystem that the governments are advancing.

"Cities are going to be intelligently connected, including everything from traffic cameras to smart grids that operate as one complete system. The public and private sectors will need to collaborate in a more meaningful manner to develop the necessary, infrastructure, and sharing of data." concluded Shi. 


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