The internet has changed life – that’s a fact. It is one form of networking (long-distance communication) made possible, as it is currently, due to advancement in technologies. Also, an increased number of businesses are moving to the cloud (another form of networking), away from traditional data centers. It seems in networking, change is inevitable.
No wonder AWS (amazon web services) and the likes are making more money. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that data centers are dead. Not really. In fact, the goal of modern technology on networking is to decentralize and reduce the cost of hardware and managing systems by organizations.
Networking is changing fast and impacting how employees, as well as businesses, connect. Below are some modern technologies that are making an impact on networking:
In 2009, it was Wi-Fi 4(802.11b) in 2014 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), and now we have an even faster 802.11ax, also popularly known as Wi-Fi 6. It is estimated to be 40% faster than Wi-Fi 5. From Wi-Fi 1(802.11b) in 1999 to date, the Wi-Fi alliance has seen a push in trying to advance wireless networking or connectivity.
You know, how you get slow internet speed when a lot of people are utilizing the same Wi-Fi at the same time? Well, with Wi-F- 6 things are about to change. It provides better performance in crowded places such as stadiums, and you won’t have to experience any bogged Wi-Fi issues. It increases the density of devices that can exist in a single space, be it an airport, mall, or stadium.
Also, when utilizing Wi-Fi 6, you will be able to conserve your device power. It can schedule an automatic Wi-Fi radio sleep mode, and the device won’t have to consume more power while browsing. Therefore, compared to the previous version, you don’t have to worry about carrying the charge with Wi-F- 6. People installing a constellation of IoT, crowded offices, and even individuals will experience improved performance.
5G Network Technologies
Many years ago, a product like Netflix would not have been possible. The amount of data that needed to be streamed was too massive for the connectivity that existed until 4G came along. These days it is common to see people stream a 90 minutes soccer match live on their phone and in HD. And things are about to get even better.
Soon phones and other devices should expect to have connectivity speeds of up to 1Gbps per second. That’s according to tech radar review of 5G or 5th generation mobile network that is slowly being rolled out in some cities around the world, including the US, China, and the UK, among others. This is a boon digital nomad and remote works forces.
Its competitiveness with wired connection makes it the ideal networking solution of the future with blazing speeds and a perfect choice for enterprise-level networking. Also, it is expected to transform corporates that utilize LAN and allow them to set up their own private %G network that can be powered by CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Services). Further, the time-slicing technology that it comes with will enable IoT sensors to utilize batteries for years without needing a replacement.
Software-Defined Networking (SD-WAN)
As mentioned earlier in the introduction, organizations are moving away from centralized controlled data centers for routing and security of information. The model where all network traffic must first be back-hauled to the central data center still exists. However, it’s slowly fading away, thanks to cloud computing.
Why move to the cloud? Well, it makes no sense to have data centers when employees can access their networks from the internet rather than internal systems. Businesses with a software-defined network can still route traffic based on managed roles no matter the user’s entry point. It makes it even ideal for remote working- you can always be connected to the company network.
What SD-WANN offers to organizations is a reduction in costs. Unlike data centers, SD-WAN can be run by fewer engineers, easy to manage, and guarantees a reduced bandwidth usage. SD Wan promises to improve data responsiveness, and businesses are expected to adopt the same continually. Subscription-based Software as a service (SaaS) solutions such as Salesforce.com, Workday, Office365, and Dropbox, among others, are driving the SD-WANN adoption.
Low Earth orbit satellites
Companies trying to connect remote geolocation with the rest of the world have always used high-altitude satellites. However, the same hasn’t been as reliable as cable or fiber-based internet connections. They are not reliable and yet very expensive to maintain.
Nevertheless, companies are trying to resolve this problem by developing smaller satellites with the intent of deploying the same in clusters. According to Space X, One Web and among others, the satellites will be flying low and expected to deliver reliable internet to such locations.
Energy mining, as well as transportation companies that often operate in remote locations, will find low orbit satellite as an essential networking tool.
With modern technologies that allow the company to either track their employee’s activities as well as customer behavior, companies are generating a lot of data. With the help of data mining software, they can take that data from their network and analyze the same.
It’s possible with the use of artificial intelligence and the IoT for e-commerce websites to know what type of customer visited their network and what part. Companies can see what employee activities are happening in their network and what space they are often utilizing. Digitized spaces also enable network engineers to act on a possible data breach in the network on time.
Modern technologies are disrupting computer network space. However, that’s not the end; more innovation as still bound to happen in the future, and engineers, as well as managers of organizations, should expect technology in networking to grow and become proactive.
What does this mean for businesses? Well, for starters, CIOs can start by adopting the use of advanced networking technologies together with existing networking technologies in their organizations. For students, it is an indication that the future of networking is brighter and dynamic and calls for a ready to learn mind- that is willing to learn and unlearn about networking technologies.