The future trend of networking is to unify wireless and wired devices as more users are accessing information and data using mobile devices. New networking technology needs to be implemented to keep users connected at all times. With data sharing across multiple devices and staying always connected on the rise, the need to protect the security of the information and communication becomes an increasingly important element to consider. The networking infrastructure and technology will continue to evolve and connect users to share information between devices and to collaborate using video conferencing, instant messaging, and other communication tools.
The world is dealing with an overwhelming amount of data traffic. Social media, mobile device deployment, video content, high-performance applications, big data, cloud computing, and virtualization are poised to put a lot of pressure on the data center networking systems in terms of bandwidth and performance to keep up with all the data traffic.
The growth in the number of internet users, mobile users, high-speed broadband subscribers, number of devices connected to the network, coupled with the growth in usage driven by video, collaboration, social networking, mobile and advanced 4G/LTE services are driving tremendous bandwidth requirements.
This rapid increase in bandwidth demand is driving the build-out of the networking infrastructure. More and more wireless base stations; core, edge, and enterprise routers; data center switches; metro switches; DSLAMs; and PONs OLTs, many of which have planned life-cycles of 10 years or more, have been put in place or planned to support all these additional bandwidth demands.