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Next-Gen Networking
JOIN US: This is a chat-based conversation about new advances in networking at all levels and what upcoming products and services admins should expect to see in the next 12 to 24 months.
   6 months ago
#eweekchatThe Home as Enterprise BranchJOIN US: This is a chat-based conversation about COVID-mandated changes in the workplace, including security, networking, collaboration tools--and working far too much using Zoom and Webex.
   5 months ago
#eweekchatChallenges in AIJOIN US: Where are with with AI adoption? What's holding us back and what's driving us forward – and what about the near-term future?
James Maguire
Q3: Besides adding speed, what direct impact will 5G connectivity have on networks in the future??
Larry Lunetta
A3: It will give customers more connectivity options and future networks will have to seamlessly accommodate different modes of connectivity so that the user doesn't know which network they are on.
James Maguire
@larry_lunetta To what extent will there be security concerns?
Prashanth Shenoy
A3: beside speed, it's ultra-low latency, better coverage and determinism
Prashanth Shenoy
A3: but it's more about what use cases this will bring about like : Smart Cities with M2M connectivity for autonomous vehicles, crowd mgmt ; industrial IoT for RPA using 5G in manufacturing, warehouse, distribution centers etc
Prashanth Shenoy
A3: and also wireless backhaul and wireless / cellular WAN for primary and backup connectivity
Larry Lunetta
The industry is starting to tackle "cross network" security concerns with standards such as Passpoint. Identity-based access control is the key to a strong network foundation for Zero Trust and SASE.
Bruce Collins
A3: those use cases such as video surveillance, IoT, wi-fi hotspots, etc. all require location flexibility that gbps 5G and Wi-Fi 6E bring as an advantage over fiber.
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A2: Few important trends for next-gen networking will be in the wireless space using private 5G and Wi-Fi 6E.
Larry Lunetta
Agree! We are entering a world of multiple Radio Access Networks that will include a wide range of technologies. 6E is particularly exciting because it opens up a massive amount of Wi Fi spectrum.
Larry Lunetta
@roweldionicio We just introduced our first 6E access point to leverage that. https://news.arubanetworks.com/news-release-detail...
https://news.arubanetworks.com/news-release-details/2021/Aruba-Introduces-Industrys-First-Enterprise-Grade-Wi-Fi-6E-Solution/default.aspx
Aruba Introduces Industry’s First Enterprise-Grade Wi-Fi 6E Solution
Aruba Introduces Industry’s First Enterprise-Grade Wi-Fi 6E Solution
New Wi-Fi 6E Access Points Leverage 6 GHz Band to Deliver Greater Performance, Lower Latency, and Faster Data Rates to Support High-Bandwidth Applications and Use Cases Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced the mark...
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
Saw the demo on #NFD25. Looking forward to 6E!
Larry Lunetta
More spectrum is the Wi Fi equivalent of Moore's Law.
Bruce Collins
the opening of 6 GHz for fixed wireless access in the U.S. will be a land-grab and a great opportunity for wireless service providers to compete directly with cable and fiber operators with gbps speeds
James Maguire
@brucecollins1 Who will win the land grab?
Bruce Collins
Service providers that can quickly deliver service wirelessly with better support will win vs. cable and fiber. Key to this is being able to identify and market to those customers you know you can reach with wireless. Planning tools are key to this..
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
Key word there for SPs: support
James Maguire
Q6: Does an enterprise necessarily need to use VPNs for remote employees, or are network and device security processes generally enough for most average workers? (Not talking about power users!)
Larry Lunetta
Q6: VPN is still the most reliable and convenient technology to help secure remote access but as cloud-based access control becomes more popular you will see more "direct to cloud" solutions.

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James Maguire
@larry_lunetta Does that mean that someday the VPN will be relegated to the dustbin of history?
Prashanth Shenoy
A6: for secure remote access to corp controlled data/resouces, VPN with MFA provides a good level of security. As @larry_lunetta mentions, as the world moves to more and more SaaS, cloud-based access control will get more prominent
Larry Lunetta
Useful and effective technologies like VPN will have a long shelf life.
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
I'll be the one to mention that many orgs will begin to move away from VPN because of licensing costs. They'll have their users connect directly to cloud apps.
James Maguire
@rowelldionicio I'm sensing most staff won't miss the VPN :)
James Maguire
Q7: Tossup to all of our guest experts today: What single piece of advice would you give to an administrator who has been told he needs to distribute IT connectivity and resources to 500 or more employees on the corporate network within the next 30 days?
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A7: Identify the all the requirements. Get feedback from others who have gone through the same path, and be willing to change on the fly. Document everything. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Larry Lunetta
Q7: For IT resources, the trend is to move workload to the cloud. For connectivity, start with a secure connection like VPN but look for a solution that extends your security policies and management visibility all the way to the end point. Manage it from the cloud
Prashanth Shenoy
A7: Evaluate and deploy a strong secure remote access solution + cloud based access control solution with MFA, VPN and zero trust in mind. And getting visibility from the client browser / endpoint to cloud is an icing on the cake to provide that SLA!
Bruce Collins
A7: leverage a cloud-based management system that gives you visibility all the way to the client so you can auto-provision, isolate troubles and plan for the future based on data coming from the actual data usage on the network

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Chris Preimesberger
Hey, all! Great topic for today. My toss-up question on this IBN topic is this: Is IBM a form of observability tool for networks? Why, why not?
Chris Preimesberger
Oops, make that IBN!
James Maguire
It's natural that your fingers would auto-type that :)
Larry Lunetta
IBN is also about action and enabling the networking team to directly map business requirements to network configuration and management without resorting to CLI.
Prashanth Shenoy
Agree..IBN can help providing visibility and monitor the network for issues (like wi-fi onboarding, IoT devices, policies) and provide insights back to the NetOps / ITOps team
James Maguire
Q9: Final questions – we've got just a few mins left – final thoughts and perhaps some takeaways about next-gen networking?
Larry Lunetta
A9. We haven't talked about new forms of acquiring networking such as "as a Service" models that deliver much more flexibility and efficiency than traditional capex models. This will be a key part of the next generation.
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A9: Wi-Fi 6 and 6E a significant change to Wi-Fi in several years. We can leave legacy protocols & devices behind to focus on the efficiency & available spectrum ahead of us. We’ll be looking for higher throughput & performance. @packet6_ will be publishing a report next week
James Maguire
NaaS has plenty of growth in its future, to be sure.
Prashanth Shenoy
A9: Exciting times for networking since hybrid work and hybrid mulit-cloud era have made networks even more critical than ever before. It'll be critical for networking vendors to provide simplicity, security, and flexbility (incl consumption models like as-a-service
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
Very good point @prashanthshenoy. It will be interesting to see more solutions catered to the "enterprise" home.
Bruce Collins
Fixed wireless broadband delivering Gbps+ as an alternative to fiber opens up new applications, use cases and service models. 5G NR, mmWave Terragraph and Wi-Fi 6E are all aligned as we move in that direction
James Maguire
Q8: Who are some of the young networking startup “stars” of the business and what new functionality do they bring to the table?
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A8: I don’t think @ruckusnetworks gets as much credit as they do. Compared to upcoming networking startups, they’ve been able to focus on high performing APs. I highlight the performance from an AP bake-off in a report publishing next week on https://packet6.com/blog
https://packet6.com/blog
Blog – Packet6
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A8: Take a look at @celonaio and how they’re removing the complexity of deploying private enterprise 5G. It’s a consideration for mission critical applications requiring low-latency, large coverage areas, and no interference.
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A8: When it comes to networking tools for wired and wireless, @netally is making good moves. They have great multi-function tools from troubleshooting Wi-Fi, testing Ethernet cables, and more. Headaches around subscription licensing of tools is a thing of the past with NetAlly.
Larry Lunetta
A8: Analytics and automation are the new network "stars" and while there are startups that claim to have AI, it takes scale and experience to deliver AI solutions that deliver useful results.
James Maguire
Absolutely true. I hear that again and again across the industry.
Prashanth Shenoy
A8: Startups or any vendor that are obsessively focused on simplifying network ops - whether it for multi-cloud networking, SASE - and breaking silos between NetOps, SecOps, DevOps and AppDev will be the ones to watch out. Alkira, Aviatrix are interesting to watch
James Maguire
Q4: How is SD-WAN able to converge network, security and AI all in one?
Larry Lunetta
A4: SD-WAN is the linch-pin between the intelligent edge and the cloud. The best SD-WAN solutions start with business intent as the management platform and include SASE-based security and AI optimization for traffic between the LAN and the WAN.

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Prashanth Shenoy
A4: because of the power of cloud :) .. because of more SaaS usage, DIA (direct internet access) and work-from-home nature, the need for SASE (which is network + security + observability cloud-delivered) has become critical for most orgs
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
A1: Intent-based networking is acting on insights by leveraging network automation. The expected advantages.. being able to respond to changes quickly.
James Maguire
Can a modern network fully succeed without intent-based?
Rowell Dionicio 🇵🇭
I believe so, maybe not with incredible speed.
Larry Lunetta
Intent-based implies better tools so it is absolutely necessary.
James Maguire
@larry_lunetta Do business see a clear enough ROI at this point for big investment in it?
Larry Lunetta
@JamesMaguire It will come naturally as part of a modern network.