This is the third in a series of blogs on the topic of the evolving enterprise WAN that is based on a survey that was completed earlier this year by 110 network professionals. The first blog in this series, What’s Driving Change in the WAN, identified the forces that are having the most impact on enterprise WANs. The second blog, The Limitations of the Current Branch Office WAN Architecture, discussed some of the limitations of the current branch office WAN architecture.
All public or private telecommunications network are supported by a high speed optical backbone. And while all optical backbones have common core requirements – namely to provide an array of client interfaces and high capacity network transport between them – there are quite some variations in other requirements depending on the underlying business.
Over the last few years, I have been fascinated to watch how the debate around the Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved. I was particularly interested to see the UK Government, in 2015, allocate £40M towards research into the internet of things to focus on healthcare, social care and smart city.