5 Top IT Network Trends in 2020

EfficientIP, the network security and automation specialist, today reveals five trends that will shape the technology and the networks industry in the coming year, in Asia and beyond.

1. Infrastructure will move closer to the “edge”

Increasingly, compute functionality will be managed closer to its source, as well as where it provides value. Known as the “edge”, this trend is driven by increase in software-defined technology. Given the way technology has taken over our daily lives, in Asia more than anywhere else,  low latency for networks and servers will soon be less of an exception and more of an expectation. As such, traffic routing will need to be optimized to minimize latency and guarantee availability of apps, to enhance user experience (UX). To intelligently direct traffic between users and apps, routing decisions will need to be taken as close as possible to the users, so normally at the network edge. A potential solution would be, therefore,  to build load balancing functionality into recursive DNS servers, thus offering Edge DNS GSLB.

2. 5G definition will be finalized

The race for next generation 5G wireless technology is getting every day more intense, and 2020 will see incredible progress in its deployment. Telcos around the world will continue to rollout proof-of-concepts, in anticipation of the 5G launches in 2021. We see this increasingly in Asia, with several already launched in Seoul and China, and soon to be in Singapore. In the age of consolidation, an integrated DDI will go some way towards helping telecom providers achieve their goal of “Zero Touch” operations.

3. Clouds will become more connected

Digital services are every day more diffused and therefore need to be able to run anywhere, at any time. According to IDC, by 2022, 70% of companies will have deployed unified hybrid management tools and processes. DDI will have a major role to play for this – for managing IP resources & apps – bringing automated life-cycle management, error-free configurations, policy compliance, and accelerated deployment of apps and services.

4. The adoption of industry apps will explode.

By 2023 there will be over 500 million digital apps. Businesses increasingly turn to apps to improve productivity, efficiency and employee satisfaction. Optimizing load balancing of traffic from users to apps will also be necessary to ensure app availability and provide the best user experience. This type of intelligence can be provided by making use of Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) built into recursive DNS servers to take traffic routing decisions at the network edge, closest to users.

5. Malware will become more intelligent by using complex communication methods, helped by DGAs

Cybersecurity will remain a top priority throughout 2020, as evidenced by their growing organizational spend. Insider threats are becoming more sophisticated, diverse and powerful and perimeter security is now insufficient for defeating them. At the core of this increasingly intelligent malwares lays the Domain Generational Algorithm (DGA) – one of the most effective and popular tools in the attackers’ toolbox. A variety of malware families use it to hide the location of their Command & Controls (C&C) servers.