The Changing face of the network

Written by Mark Evans

The growth in IP traffic continues to force change, and Cisco is predicting that network traffic patterns show 35 per cent of internet traffic will be carried ‘metro-to-metro’ in 2021, up from 22 per cent in 2016, with more mobile apps, IoT, video and 5G devices connected to the network. As a result, service providers are adjusting their network routing plans to distribute features further to the edge for improved performance.

The dramatic and continual growth in demand has pushed suppliers to create equipment that will handle the changing face of the network, and Cisco itself has responded with new hardware, software and security additions.

"Cisco continues to drive innovation in service provider routing to help our customers uplevel their architectures and be one step ahead in managing their network traffic demands," said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Networking, Cisco. "As the majority of our customers get ready for 5G, our unmatched portfolio of options offers intent-based networking practices to enable networks to self-heal without service interruptions."