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Networking Hype 2020

by Andrew Lerner  |  July 20, 2020  |  Submit a Comment

There’s some cool stuff happening in networking and we just published the 2020 Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking (paywall). While 5G and SD-WAN remain highly hyped, the COVID-19 pandemic instantly shifted I&O networking leaders’ priorities, creating the need to dynamically, rapidly and temporarily scale to support a large remote workforce. This accelerated interest in cloud-based and consumption-based networking and security technologies including SASE and ZTNA.

The hype cycle describes the 30 most hyped technologies/innovations in networking. At peak hype (aka “it solves world hunger”) this year is SASE, while Intent-based Networking has reached the trough of disillusionment (aka “it causes world hunger”). IPv6 probably sets the record for the longest time on the hype cycle (I believe 20+ years).

For each technology on the hype cycle, we define it, identify the value to enterprises, the current level of adoption and finally, the anticipated rate of growth. Six technologies new to this Hype Cycle include telemetry-based routing, Wi-Fi 7, SD-branch, function accelerator cards (FACs), ZTNA and standard private LTE. This is the second year in a row in which the networking Hype Cycle has changed by approximately 40% (due to adds/removals/modifications), after a decade of mostly incremental change.  Here’s the full list in Alpha order:

  • 400 Gbps Ethernet
  • 5G
  • Cloud-Managed Networks
  • Edge Networking
  • Enhanced Internet Services
  • Ethernet Switching Fabric
  • Functional Accelerator Cards (FAC)
  • Intent-based Networking
  • IPv6
  • K8s Networking
  • Low Earth Orbit Satellite
  • Microsegmentation
  • Multicloud Networking
  • Named Data Networking (NDN)
  • Network Automation
  • Network On-Demand Services
  • NFV and uCPE
  • NVMe-oF
  • Open Networking/OCP
  • Private LTE
  • SASE
  • SD-branch
  • SDN
  • SD-WAN
  • Service Mesh
  • Software-defined cloud interconnect
  • Telemetry-Based Routing
  • WIFI6
  • WIFI7
  • ZTNA



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Category: just-published  networking  

Tags: 5g  fac  hype  hype-cycle  intent  ipv6  sase  sdwan  wifi7  ztna  

Andrew Lerner
Research Vice President
6+ years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Research. He covers enterprise networking, including data center, campus and WAN with a focus on emerging technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-based networking). Read Full Bio

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