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Juniper Networks 2019 Foresight: Predictions for Service Providers

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Sally Bament, VP of Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks

Predictions for Service Providers

2019 is poised to be a transformative year for service providers as developments in 5G, automation and edge computing continue to shake the industry. In the year ahead, we will see a showdown in the edge, the app economy explode with 5G capabilities and developments in automation that will distinguish the leaders from the followers of the industry.

5G will create a new billion-dollar app economy

The first smartphones and eventually LTE networks paved the way for mobile apps as we know them, giving rise to a multitude of new ways companies interact with customers. 5G is poised to go live in many cities across the United States and globally in 2019, and we expect next year to really showcase the economic power of the new mobile technology. This is the year apps start to show their real value in the enterprise and industrial space with a host of new IoT, AR/VR, digital twins and connected-car applications coming to life.

Two separate high-profile cybersecurity breaches will hit critical U.S. infrastructure

The increasing amount of distributed applications and data deployed in various parts of the cloud environments will increase sophisticated breaches. In the year ahead, we will likely see major attacks on systems of livelihood including utility systems, municipal water supplies and electrical grids. Predictive analytics and end-to-end monitoring are necessary tools to thwart catastrophic structural attacks.

Expect more frenemies in the edge

The hyperscale cloud players have clearly demonstrated the power of their massive networks in terms of application hosting and development. But it's the telcos that have the beachfront property in their established network infrastructure that's closest to end users. Cloud providers will try to build an edge of their own, but service providers will remain keepers of the edge as they can compete with much better economic scale. Over the next year, service providers and cloud providers will compete to win the edge but expect more cloud-SP partnerships to unfold as the year progresses.

Automation is the secret to customer satisfaction

In 2019, automation will be the differentiating factor among service providers. Early software and virtualization technology have provided some relief from stagnant development but this year service providers will fully adopt automated and virtualized cloud platforms that can deploy new services in months, not years. Those who fail to implement automation will find themselves years behind competitors, as end users will find more agility and better service with those who embrace automation.


About the Author

Sally Bament, vice president of service provider marketing at Juniper Networks, is responsible for leading and executing the company's marketing plans to drive awareness and demand for Juniper's industry-leading service provider solutions. Sally brings more than 25 years of experience in management, program management, marketing, sales and business development in the networking and telecommunications industries.

Published Friday, December 21, 2018 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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