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Technology Trends

Here, you'll learn Cisco's viewpoints on industrywide movements on the latest technology trends and the opportunities they present in networking.

Networking Technology Trends

Organizations today are experiencing more frequent, more diverse, and more disruptive events. Explore new networking trends to help you enhance business resilience.



5G technology

5G is the fifth generation of cellular technology. It is designed to increase speed, reduce latency, and improve flexibility of wireless services. Cisco's 5G offerings will enable enterprises to further mobilize their workforces, extend automation, and support new applications, through higher data rates and increased network capacity.

Only Cisco brings together the next generation of cellular and Wi-Fi technologies with best-of-breed hardware and software to empower enterprises globally.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies will be critical in solving many of today's complex network and business problems in real time. These technologies apply to use cases ranging from smart cities, transportation, and manufacturing to security and networking.

The capabilities, business opportunities, and benefits of AI and ML are growing at a seemingly exponential rate. At the same time, the security vulnerabilities, failure modes, and potential for adverse business impacts are seeing similar growth.

Augmented reality and virtual reality

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies increasingly empower mainstream applications and customer experiences. They have begun to make their leap from nascent technologies to comprehensive solutions that enable and empower many mainstream consumer and enterprise applications, customer experiences, and various industry workflows.

Cloud computing

Learn what the different types of clouds--public, private, and hybrid--can do for your business today. Read about the technologies and services that can help you achieve the full potential of your cloud strategy.


DevOps is most closely tied to software development and IT. But now, networks are becoming more software-driven. DevOps can be a powerful tool for managing them, too.

It improves the relationship between network service designers and the engineers who need to make the actual operational changes to the services. It also puts responsibility for automating network operations straight into the hands of the engineers. These are the people with the most knowledge and experience of the network.

Digital transformation

Digital transformation is disrupting businesses in every industry by breaking down barriers between people, businesses, and things. Organizations of all types, in every industry, are experiencing digital transformation. And they share a theme: Create new customer experiences, transform business models, and empower workforce innovation.

Intent-based networking (IBN)

An intent-based network bridges the gap between business and IT. It captures business intent and continuously aligns the end-to-end network with that intent. Intent can apply to application service levels, security policies, compliance, operational processes, and other business needs.

Internet of Things (IoT)

A major technology shift is happening in our world, and it is centered on the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT is about connecting the unconnected. Most objects in the world are not connected to computer networks, but that paradigm is changing rapidly. Previously unconnected objects all around us are acquiring the ability to communicate with other objects and with people, resulting in new services and efficiencies in our daily lives.

Because of the far-reaching benefits IoT can deliver, some theorize that it will be as transformative as the Industrial Revolution.

Data Security

Network and data security are designed to protect the usability and integrity of your network and data. This includes both hardware and software technologies. Effective network security manages access to the network. It targets a variety of threats and stops them from entering or spreading on your network.


SD-WAN is a software-defined approach to managing WANs. This new approach to network connectivity can lower operational costs and improve resource usage for multisite deployments. With SD-WAN, network administrators can use bandwidth more efficiently and can help ensure enhanced performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy.

Software-defined networking (SDN)

SDN delivers speed and agility when you deploy new applications and business services. Flexibility, policy, and programmability are the hallmarks of our SDN solutions. See how Cisco can handle today's most demanding networking needs.

Wi-Fi 6

The next generation of the Wi-Fi standard is Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, the latest step in a journey of nonstop innovation. The standard builds on the strengths of 802.11ac while adding efficiency, flexibility, and scalability that allow new and existing networks increased speed and capacity with next-generation applications.