What’s in store for NPM? cPacket’s predictions for 2018

The future of IT is filled with disruption, forward thinking, and the unknown—and the networking space is no exception to this rule. As we kick-off Q4 and prepare for the new year ahead, many of us at cPacket, as well as our customers and prospects, are asking “What does 2018 have in store for NPM?”.

Is 2018 the year 100Gbps networks become mainstream? What new advances in SDN will emerge?  

We can’t forecast exactly what the new year has in store, but cPacket’s team has a few predictions we’d like to share as part of a new mini blog series we’re launching today.

Starting next week, we’ll be publishing a new blog every few days which explores each of the following predictions below. We’ll provide our readers with proof points explaining why we believe these predictions may become a reality as well as our outlook on the impact they may have on enterprises.

As we prepare to deliver our first blog, we invite our readers to ask questions and post comments on these topics. Feel free to submit your questions or comments via our Twitter or LinkedIn.

  • NOC/SOC integration changes traditional IT budget silos – the convergence of network performance and security monitoring means NetOps and SecOps can use the same tools, and share the budgets for those tools.
  • Network operations realizes it’s hard to monitor at 100G and beyond – there’s a commonly held belief that more bandwidth alleviates network problems, so the industry is deploying 100G without consideration for monitoring. Monitoring at 100G will get a reality check in 2018.
  • The rise of programmable silicon (hardware) for high performance network monitoring applications – even as software eats the world, programmable hardware will solve the performance limitations of software.
  • More hardware in the cloud – the anticipated increase in the use of FPGA platforms for applications that require analysis of large, real-time datasets cannot be met in time by software solutions.
  • Oscillation between public and private clouds as applications evolve to take advantage [of the cloud] – taking advantage of cloud infrastructure scaling means rewriting applications for the cloud. Applications will break during this process, causing the applications to be reverted to private clouds as issues are encountered in the cloud environment.

Stay tuned for blog one in the series next week where we’ll explore how NOC/SOC integration changes traditional IT budget silos!