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2022 Global Networking Trends Report

The Rise of Network as a Service (NaaS)

Welcome to the 2022 Global Networking Trends Report: The Rise of Network as a Service (NaaS).

What a remarkable time we are experiencing, both as humans and as network professionals. Over the past year, IT leaders and network professionals have been tasked with enabling remote workers, protecting data across a more distributed computing landscape, and delivering new services for users, customers, and partners. Many businesses accelerated their digital transformation efforts to meet these new requirements, leveraging the cloud and software as a service (SaaS) for increased flexibility, agility, and speed.


In our 2021 Global Networking Trends Report, we highlighted the ways network technologies are being used to improve business resilience—regardless of circumstance.


In this year’s report, we focus on an emerging trend that has big implications for the future: network as a service (NaaS).


On the heels of increasingly popular as-a-service (aaS) models such as SaaS and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), NaaS will invariably change how many companies acquire, deliver, and manage their networking capabilities. To learn more, we spoke with 20 IT leaders and surveyed 1534 IT professionals in 13 countries about how they perceive NaaS, its strengths and limitations, and whether they plan to adopt the emerging network consumption model.


We hope the data, perspectives, and guidance in this report help you better understand the benefits and implications of NaaS as you evolve your networking strategies.


— James Mobley, SVP Network Services, Cisco

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