2009 Trends in Networking and Security

As I am desperately seeking 1st quarter strategies for companies, David Gibson of Inter-Asia is kind enough to supply me with this comments Wan Ahmad Kamal, Country Manager, Juniper Networks Malaysia about trend in Networking and Security for 2009.

There are 7 key areas identified by Juniper Networks Malaysia.

  1. Next Generation Networking Internet Protocol (IP) Core and High Speed Broadband

    “The 13-country Frost and Sullivan Asia-Pacific Broadband Access Technology and Market Comparison study released mid-year, showed the money to be made by telcos from offering broadband services to both corporate and home users. With a compound annual takeup subscription growth rate across the region, of 19.9%, revenues across Asia Pacific stood at US$28.1billion in 2007 and this is projected to reach $42billion by end-2013. Focused investment in HSBB (high speed broadband) in Malaysia via fibre-to-the-home and Ethernet-to-the-home with last-100 metres vDSL built on an end-to-end infrastructure for which Juniper Networks is set to provide the core network and other components, will further stimulate broadband demand and enhance national competitiveness.

  2. Network and data centre consolidation and network virtualisation

    “Network and data centre consolidation reached fever pitch in 2008. Organisations have been focusing on this as a key way to reduce operating expenditure but many networks are still far too complex. 2009 will see a shift in focus to look across the entire organisation and really address complexity. We’ve seen a number of customers look at cost and space savings available with this virtualisation technology in 2008. The challenge is getting server and network teams together to break down communication and education barriers to help businesses really streamline their data centres. 2009 will be the year that the network is the next to get the virtualisation treatment.”

  3. Green Networking

    “Beginning in 2008, 2009 is likely to see quantifiable metrics for efficiency and power consumption become a core element to RFPs (requests for proposals). To date it’s been a ‘nice to have’ with vague, unquantifiable goals. There are now testing standards (which Juniper is leading with testing vendor Ixia) that allow more rigorous demands to be placed around the green credentials for networking equipment.”

  4. IPv6

    “2008 saw an uptake in interest in IPv6, but only a few real implementations. As the number of available IPv4 addresses rapidly dwindles, 2009 may just be the year that the industry really starts to embrace IPv6. It’s not going to suddenly replace IPv4, but we’ll certainly see an increase in deployments as operators and companies look to future proof their networks.”

  5. Network Operating systems

    “Maximising network and server resources depends on using them more effectively and this needs proper management. The network operating system is a key way to achieve this and as such it is likely to emerge as a more important part of the buying decision in 2009. This will see new battles emerging among the main network vendors to differentiate and help customers reduce operating cost. It’s certainly an area that Juniper is making significant investment with JUNOS forming a core part of the business strategy.”

  6. Network intelligence and policy control

    “Companies are looking to leverage a lot more multiplay applications which will lead to an increasing mix of video, voice and data flowing over networks. Dealing with these multiple traffic types is certainly achievable with only modest networks - as long as they have enough intelligence built in. In 2009, the mechanism to achieve this level of intelligence, through advanced application aware networking, is likely to emerge as a key focus area for businesses.”

  7. Network Security

    “Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, environmental pressures and tighter budgets going into 2009 from 2008, investments in Network and Internet Security will continue. Recent events that unfolded in Mumbai & Bangkok raise focus on not just security and connectivity, but continued access to information and data. In this aspect, ICE (In-Case of Emergency) capabilities, disaster recovery and business continuity will be top of mind with many CIOs. In addition, some organizations will supplement that with identity management and access control to tighten their information security. Consolidation and virtualization will extend to security solutions in an effort to reduce security appliance sprawl and reduce costs in power and cooling in the data centre.”

All comments attributable to Wan Ahmad Kamal, Country Manager, Juniper Networks Malaysia.

This is a good insights into what Malaysia is expecting to see in 2009.