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Top 10 networking stories of 2017

A look back at Computer Weekly’s most read networking stories of 2017

As the critical element that underpins the entire IT stack, network infrastructure is constantly evolving to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands made of it by the enterprise, a trend we returned to time and again throughout 2017, as we explored topics as diverse as the internet of things (IoT), software-defined networking (SDN), wireless, and plenty more besides.

Join us as we take a look back at Computer Weekly’s most read networking content from 2017.

1. At IBM’s Watson lab, customers marry the power of AI with the IoT

IBM formally inaugurated its Watson internet of things headquarters in Munich, Germany in February, and Computer Weekly went to meet the customers and partners who are using Watson AI to deliver on the promise of the IoT.

2. How will the network manager’s role change in the SDN world?

As SDN fundamentally remodels the enterprise network, we set out to explore how traditional network managers are changing the habits of a lifetime.

3. Enterprise wireless: trends and developments in 2017

With an increasing number of new mobile devices being used to access corporate infrastructure, enterprise wireless networks are under increasing pressure. We explored the market to sniff out the latest trends and developments.

4. How to implement a low-power WAN to support the IoT

Low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) are rapidly emerging as a key connectivity standard for the IoT. We explore the options and the implementation process for an LPWAN to support IoT projects in the enterprise.

5. Cloud, AI and security driving network monitoring industry

Enterprise networks are evolving. They have to deal with more data, more devices and different locations, all while providing a fast, reliable service that does not cost the business too much money. Networks these days are far more complex than in previous years – we explore the latest developments and trends in enterprise network monitoring and management.

6. How to ride Wave 2 for faster network speeds

The 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard is entering enterprise wireless networks. How does it work, and how best should you deploy it?

7. Can fixed wireless access fix business connectivity problems?

Fixed wireless access is being touted as a panacea for poor network connectivity, but is it a viable solution, and what are the benefits for businesses?

8. What is intent-based networking, and what can it do for your business?

Beyond the marketing hype, does intent-based networking mean anything, and can it improve how your infrastructure runs?

9. Hard work, big prize: Bristol is shaping what it means to be a smart city

Two and a half years after the ambitious Bristol is Open smart city project launched, we returned to the West Country to explore how things are progressing, and find out what has been learned.

10. Battle hots up over next-gen networks

The arrival of SD-WAN technology effectively removed telcos’ lock-in for WAN services. We assess the current market.

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