2023: The Networking Resurgence – Trends, Triumphs, and Tomorrow

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In retrospect, 2023 has proven to be a pivotal year for the networking landscape, marking the advent of groundbreaking innovations and heralding the dawn of new capabilities in both multi-cloud and microservices networking. As we bid farewell to the year, let’s traverse the terrain of these technological triumphs and explore what the future holds for the realm of app delivery and security.

Reflecting on the Tapestry of 2023

The end of the year prompts reflection, an opportunity to ponder over the trends and technologies that have propelled change in the dynamic sphere of app delivery and security. For me, it’s not just about reminiscing but also gazing into the crystal ball to discern the trajectory of the coming year.

Drawing insights from a wealth of data gathered through market tracking and annual research responses, it’s evident that the spotlight is shining brightly on the realm of “something something networking.” This enigmatic phrase encapsulates the essence of both multi-cloud and microservices networking, each addressing distinct sets of challenges.

Multi-Cloud Networking: Laying the Foundation for Supercloud

Multi-cloud networking takes center stage, addressing concerns like network latency, data transfer costs between clouds, and the intricacies of enforcing security policies across diverse cloud providers. It serves as the underlayment for the supercloud, providing a robust solution to the complexities spawned by the multi-cloud landscape.

Microservices Networking: Navigating the Intricacies of Cloud-Native Environments

On the other hand, microservices networking tackles challenges inherent to service discovery, load balancing among microservices, fault handling, and ensuring secure communication within the microservices ecosystem. Notably, multi-cloud networking often leverages microservices networking, utilizing the innate portability of containers to deliver effective solutions to the market.

2023’s Technological Tapestry: Key Highlights

Throughout 2023, the enterprise app portfolio underwent a notable transformation, shifting from predominantly traditional apps to a landscape dominated by modern apps, including microservices and mobile apps with extensive APIs. The ascent of eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter) as a foundational element in microservices networking has been a prominent trend, providing the bedrock for observability and security in cloud-native environments.

The Gateway API, making its inaugural appearance, is poised to supplant ingress control, addressing the challenges associated with scaling microservices while ensuring reliability. Furthermore, the surge of Generative AI has added fuel to the microservices and API fire, particularly in AI-based applications that heavily rely on APIs to communicate with large clusters of microservices.

The Cloud Domain and the Rise of Multi-Cloud Networking

A compelling revelation in the data is the significant deployment of Large Language Models (LLMs), including AI models, in both public clouds and core data centers. This surge propels multi-cloud networking into the limelight, necessitating practices like FinOps in the cloud domain to optimize workloads based on cost efficiencies.

The cost of compute, especially concerning traditional and generative AI, emerges as a critical consideration. Consequently, 2024 is expected to witness the integration of cost-based controls into multi-cloud networking, ensuring optimal deployment and movement of workloads based on economic factors.

Networking: The Rising Star of 2024

As the data echoes the sentiment that “something something networking” ranks among the top three most exciting technologies, the resurgence of networking into the spotlight is palpable. Networking, once again, takes center stage as a catalyst for innovation and the integration of exciting capabilities into the realms of both multi-cloud and microservices networking.

In essence, the networking space is experiencing a renaissance, with an array of innovations poised to redefine the landscape. It’s undeniably a thrilling era to be immersed in networking, as we stand on the precipice of transformative advancements.

In closing, as we welcome the new year, let’s raise a glass to the return of networking to the forefront in 2024. Stay safe, relish the holidays, and embark on this exciting journey into the heart of networking innovation.

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