The demand for network architecture is rapidly increasing as new technologies such as AI start to become mainstream. It’s not only new technologies and applications that are driving change in networking. The volume of users has increased significantly too. Currently, it’s estimated that there are 5.3 billion global internet users.
Network architectures need to be able to do more and support more users in a rapidly evolving technology space. Especially with the expectations from business leaders for increased efficiency. CEOs want networks to support business functions with priorities on boosting productivity, efficiency, and performance metrics while reducing operational costs. On the other hand, end users expect a fast and reliable connection wherever they are.
In this article, we look at how modern frameworks are evolving to meet these demands, expectations, and more.
Modern Frameworks – connections designed for speed and agility
With each new generation of networks there have been significant improvements. Even so, the roll out of 5G promises speeds 13 times faster than before and much greater capacity. This is necessary given that 45% of devices are mobile and that these devices carry as much functionality as your average computer, sometimes more.
In the past, mobile networks were dominated by the need for clear voice calls and text messages. Today, functionality extends to augmented and virtual reality apps as well as streaming, social media, and e-commerce platforms.
Consumers aren’t merely connecting and researching information on their mobile phones, they’re transacting, sharing, and managing work responsibilities. The need for clear voice calls has grown to clear video calls. All of this requires a robust, agile network infrastructure capable of delivering consistent connection at speed, with the ability to manage peak demand.
5G and WiFi Networks in a Smart World
The future is one of self-driving cars and smart cities. Already several major metropolitans are using connectivity to improve infrastructure and public services. This entails facilitating better connections and communications for emergency services, monitoring areas for crime or traffic, and managing public services such as water and electricity remotely.
Achieving this requires a network infrastructure that is robust, flexible, and has the capacity to scale as needed. In terms of connectivity, it is estimated that 45% of devices will connect through 5G, with 11% utilizing WiFi6. Networks need to cater to this functionality, both from a business and end-user perspective, especially as most interactions will be taking place through apps.
It is estimated that by the end of 2023, almost 300 billion applications will have been downloaded. This is increasing the demand for network performance. Many businesses that have legacy infrastructure in place are finding that it’s unable to keep up with these demands. In addition, it’s creating vulnerabilities and exposing organizations to cybersecurity threats.
Next steps in achieving a more modern architecture
With the many complexities involved in upgrading infrastructure, it’s worthwhile partnering with a service provider that has new generation networking expertise. Resilient works with hardware providers such as Juniper Networks to design robust systems using network infrastructure designed with modern applications in mind. For businesses wanting to make sure they have future ready infrastructure in place Resilient can partner with you to achieve this.