The SME (Small and Medium Business) sector is in the midst of a digital transformation and, therefore, immersed in constantly changing applications and a continuous evolution of private communications networks through the Internet., Hence the introduction of SD-WAN technology for the SME market could be precisely what is required to keep up with theseis fast-paced and complex developments.
What kind of Internet would we design today if we were to start from scratch using what we now know?
In 2007, attempts to answer this question at Stanford University  led to a project by networking gurus and experts to analyze the present and future of IP networks.
To support the expected communication needs of the Internet of Things, IoT, with more than three billion connections by the end of 2020 as predicted by Strategy Analytics, several low power wide area, LPWA, radio technologies are been developed and pushed to the market by the communications industry. The use cases or applications that the IoT will make possible are being widely discussed: wearables, asset tracking, metering, etc. But, is there any advantage or added value for the traditional networking or enterprise communications market?
Many changes have taken place over the last few years, none more so than in the automotive industry. If we look back, we can see the continuous evolution of public transport, from its introduction, at the beginning of the 19th century, up to today.
In my opening blog post this year I wrote about the many issues the market seemed to indicate would be important in 2018. Obviously, I mentioned SD-WAN technology, 5G and Big Data, and I also talked about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a few others. However, there is one area that I did not mention, which is intent-based networking (IBN). Perhaps it may be early to call 2018 the year of intent-based networking, but some important analysts have said that this is one of the next big things to come!