Widening the net: the art of creating fast, secure networks and communications

New developments from artificial intelligence to 5G and SD-WAN promise to both improve and simplify network management, says Jason Walsh

‘A set of truly immersive experiences will emerge, allowing us to transcend the boundaries of time and space in domains like high-definition live broadcasts, smart classrooms, remote education, online healthcare and virtual entertainment.’ Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

If information technology (IT) is the core of the business then networking is surely at the core of IT. No longer simply connecting computers or even offices, networks today do significant heavy lifting.

Servers and desktop and laptop computers are still there, of course, as are branch offices. But today all manner of connected devices send and receive data, and with the explosion of sensor, automation and internet of things (IoT) devices in industry this ...