Cisco: SDN, Collaboration, Internet of Things to Drive Future Trends

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-12-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With 2013 coming to a close, Cisco Systems executives are taking a look at what the next year or two holds. Not surprisingly, the future, according to the officials, will revolve around the Internet of things (IoT), video collaboration and the rapidly evolving world of networking, particularly with the rise of software-defined networking (SDN). In a Webcast event Dec. 4, several Cisco officials outlined the emerging trends and made predictions about what the industry may see in the coming months and years. The officials are part of Cisco's Technology Radar team, which works with more than 80 volunteer scouts—who have other jobs at Cisco—around the globe to identify opportunities and trends on the horizon. Key drivers include the huge and rapidly growing number of devices and systems connecting to the network—about 50 billion by 2020—and the amount of traffic that will be generated. At the same time, companies are looking for ways to leverage video and expand their collaboration capabilities, not only with employees and business partners, but also with their customers. And next year will see SDN becoming more than just hype, they said. Here are some of the key predictions made by the Cisco executives.

 
 
 
  • Cisco: SDN, Collaboration, Internet of Things to Drive Future Trends

    By Jeffrey Burt
    Cisco: SDN, Collaboration, Internet of Things to Drive Future Trends
  • The Internet of Everything Will Continue to Grow

    Cisco has been among the key evangelists of the Internet of things. Executives have been talking about it for several years, and in October the company created an IoT business unit. The growing connections between intelligent and automated systems and processes and the rise of big data will fuel huge advances in predictive diagnostics. One prediction: within two to four years, insurers may charge people for driving their own cars—which will have high levels of connectivity, automation and intelligence—rather than letting it drive them.
    The Internet of Everything Will Continue to Grow
  • The Internet of Everything Also Will Mean Lots of Money

    Cisco executives reiterated what they've said before: that the Internet of everything—of which the IoT is a component—will result in $14.4 trillion in profits for companies worldwide by 2020, when there will be about 50 billion connected devices.
    The Internet of Everything Also Will Mean Lots of Money
  • IPv6 Will Become Increasingly Important

    There will be some 50 billion devices connecting to the Internet by 2020. Many people wonder if the Internet can handle that kind of deluge. It can, and one way will be through leveraging IPv6 addresses starting next year, said Dave Ward, CTO of engineering and chief architect at Cisco. "It will be a major, major tool," Ward said. "There are more [IPv6] addresses available than atoms on Earth."
    IPv6 Will Become Increasingly Important
  • WebRTC Will Impact How Businesses Communicate With Customers

    WebRTC will enable browser-based video and audio collaboration, and Cisco is pushing the H.264 codec for the WebRTC spec. Within the next year, companies from retailers to financial institutions will embed WebRTC into their Web interfaces, enabling them to engage customers with such tools as live video calls.
    WebRTC Will Impact How Businesses Communicate With Customers
  • Heading Toward "Augmented Collaboration"

    Cisco is working on the idea of bringing together floor-to-ceiling high-definition video collaboration, shared whiteboards, shared documents and resources, and voice control, creating the Augmented Collaboration concept. Within 12 months, the company will take the idea from the experimentation stage in its labs to initial customer proof-of-concept pilots.
    Heading Toward
  • Combining IoT With Collaboration Tools

    Also coming next year will be tighter integration of data from the Internet of things with collaboration tools. This mash-up will create "context-aware" environments, giving businesses better insight into their customers. Susie Wee, vice president and CTO of networked experiences at Cisco, said that in the next one to two years, collaboration apps will automatically give users information about people and organizations contacting them. They also will collect useful historical information—such as documents and past interactions—that can be relevant to teams working together.
    Combining IoT With Collaboration Tools
  • SDN Will Move Beyond the Hype Cycle

    Software-defined networking has gotten the lion's share of attention in the networking market for the past couple of years. Starting next year, real-world SDN platforms and applications will emerge, according to Dave Ward, CTO of engineering and chief architect at Cisco.
    SDN Will Move Beyond the Hype Cycle
  • New Skill Sets Will Be Needed

    SDN will help drive the greater integration of compute, storage, networking and applications, according to Cisco executives. Given that, IT professionals will need to broaden their skills beyond the areas they've been specializing in.
    New Skill Sets Will Be Needed
  • The Rise of 'Fog Computing'

    Compute and networking will begin to converge at the edge of networks, which will mean more distributed intelligence that balances the need for large, centralized data centers with the need for improved computing and decision-making at the local level.
    The Rise of 'Fog Computing'
  • The Rise of NaaS Will Be Driven by Apps

    Open APIs and developer adoption will help fuel the rise of SDN-enabled network-as-a-service (NaaS) platforms. Apps that address automation, mobility and analytics will be among the most important ones, and will start appearing in 2013, according to Lauren Cooney, senior director of strategy and planning at Cisco.
    The Rise of NaaS Will Be Driven by Apps
  • Weighing Better Services vs. Protecting Personal Information

    Real value from the Internet of everything comes from being able to deliver personalized, relevant and local experiences. Over the next 12 to 24 months, Internet users—in order to have better and more personalized services and information—will become more willing to offer more personal information, according to Guido Jouret, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Internet of Things Group.
    Weighing Better Services vs. Protecting Personal Information
  • Protecting the Internet of Things

    The IoT is all about more devices—including devices that carry personal financial information—getting onto the Internet. That means privacy and security will become increasingly important. Over the next one to three years, the model for security will shift from "protecting the perimeter" to a multi-layered approach that combines technologies that include clients embedded within devices or localized connections, and centralized cloud-based intelligence that constantly scans to protect, Jouret said.
    Protecting the Internet of Things
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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