Five Trends to Handle Increasing Network Complexity in 2021 and Beyond

Five Trends to Handle Increasing Network Complexity in 2021 and Beyond

Digital transformation initiatives across industries and new technologies are accelerating the need for increased bandwidth and service reliability. The global pandemic has changed business operations, requiring remote workers to have access to applications and services. Additionally, the influx of online commerce, IoT deployments, campus networks and the rollout of 5G are requiring telecom providers to invest in and expand their network operations.

Providers should take note of these five trends for dealing with these developments:

Mobile RAN Rollouts

The dramatic and widespread rise in remote work will intensify, pushing networks to the limits. Telecom providers will need to ramp up their investments in Mobile RAN rollouts, as the volume of employees working from home offices will likely represent the “new normal.” Adapting their network to accommodate this means swapping older technologies and rollout new ones capable of supporting higher bandwidth demands.

Digital Twin Goes Mainstream

The next wave of network and service demands will be driven by increasing NFV and IoT deployments and 5G rollouts with a totally new level of complexity. A digital twin, which is a digital replication, representation, or visualization of a real-world entity, can address the increased complexity these changes will bring. IDC projects that by 2022, 40 percent of IoT platform vendors will integrate simulation platforms, systems, and capabilities to create digital twins.

Renewed Emphasis on Reconciliation Requirements

As digital twins are embraced, reconciliation is imperative. Synchronization between the digital twin and what it represents is important because a copy only has value if it is an exact replica. The best way to accomplish this is with a unified data model that documents and manages all infrastructure data, regardless of where it resides in the organization.

GIS Integrated Into Cable Management

GIS capabilities provide for easier, faster, and more reliable cable network infrastructure management. 5G requires new fiber rollouts, and bandwidth demands of business and residential customers will drive the need for location-based visualization and analysis of network resources.  Integrating GIS capabilities into comprehensive cable and outside plant management systems can significantly improve deployment of complex, geographically dispersed networks.

Hybrid Infrastructure Management Takes Center Stage

The evolution to a hybrid digital infrastructure based on virtualized network functions (VNF) and the move to the customer edge is creating new demands placed on today’s data centers. Virtualization and edge data centers are key components driving the need for hybrid digital infrastructure management capabilities which include the orchestration of physical and virtual assets, logical connections, and dependencies – all managed holistically.

Read Bernd Pruessing’s full article in The Fast Mode.

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