Paul Choy (pic), Country Sales Manager, infrastructure solutions firm Allied Telesis Malaysia, said: Our focus for the New Year will continue to be Enterprises, Education and Government/GLC sectors. Everything we do we target at assisting our customers to be at the forefront of the network solutions growth curve. Our customers depend on us to recommend networks that deliver more than just simple connectivity and instead deliver greater value, improve productivity and reduce total cost of ownership. Expectations are that network need to be easy to deploy, simple to manage and delivers greater value and this is exactly what Allied Telesis delivers.
In summary, the three key trending topics, we see are Secure Enterprise SDN, Wireless and Security and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Software-Defined Networking - New methods of operating Enterprise networks will be seen in the market to deal with the increasingly diverse demands that are placed upon them. Software-Defined Networks, or SDN, which have largely been deployed in carrier networks and data centres, will begin to see increasing relevance in the Enterprise as application vendors begin to leverage the capabilities of SDN to simplify business processes and deliver value to the Enterprise. C-level executives and technology managers will need to develop strategies for integrating SDN into their Enterprise networks, and with a strong emphasis on security.
Wireless - While 802.11ac technology may still be in the early stages of adoption and deployment, the focus on wireless will move away from technology and performance and increasingly focus on unified management using a cloud-based platform of an organisation's infrastructure. Application awareness and the ability to manage traffic on a per-flow basis will become increasingly important as organisations take a unified approach to connectivity. This is particularly relevant as the growth in mobile devices continues to increase while the deployment of fixed devices stagnates.
Security and IoT - The ever-increasing number of devices or "things" being connected throughout Smart Cities and across the 'Internet of Things' will make embedded devices and machine-to-machine networks more attractive targets. Next-generation security for organisations that operate and manage embedded networks will become as important as, if not more important than, the security of the organisation's Enterprise network.
Thiban Darmalingam (pic), the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia, which focuses on cloud-connected security and storage solutions, said: Infrastructures were in flux all year  as companies moved between physical, virtual, public cloud, and SaaS deployments.
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