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Changing Technologies

There are so many possibilities for the future of networking, communications, network security, and information security. I think there will be major differences in the next ten years. Right now, Game consoles and televisions are being produced for network connectivity via Ethernet and Wi-Fi as are some household security mechanisms such as door locks.

Television / Video

What I foresee in ten years for home networking will be much different. Rather than watching your favorite television show at a certain time every week or recording each episode to watch at a more convenient time, I believe you will be able to stream all your favorite shows on demand. Renting or even buying DVDs will be a thing of the past. We will have solid state drives to store our movies, as well as music, and be able to stream them from any room in the house. Some of these practices are already starting to surface as with the online rental companies like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and many others.

Video is becoming more and more relevant in today’s world, especially where social networking is concerned. As video chatting is on the rise, I also believe Cell phones will be better equipped for video chatting. There are no bounds when it comes to the uses of video in today’s society. I believe it could go as far as insurance companies having dash cameras placed in all newer vehicles in order to settle accident claims.

Social Networking

I also think that sites like Facebook will detect websites you go to and find common ground with other people and recommend friend requests based on your likes or dislikes. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. I think people will not be receptive of this idea; however, I do feel it is sort of heading that way now. I also imagine Facebook, or similar services, integrating with Skype type services. With this type service, you would be able to still post messages and chat, but with the capability of video chat with your friends.

The Cloud

What about “The Cloud”? If you are like me, you have probably heard a lot of commercials and seen advertisements concerning “The Cloud”. The cloud will be a big part of the future of networking. The Cloud can be used for various services and can prove to be a huge asset for the future of business.

What is this Cloud they keep talking about? Rama Ramaswami and Dian Schaffhauser sum it up rather nicely in their article, “What Is the Cloud?” http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/10/31/what-is-the-cloud.aspx web site from Campus Technology. Their article explains that the Cloud is like electricity in that you just plug into it and it works. You don’t know or worry about where it came from or how it got there; it just works. Using the electricity analogy, the Internet connection is the same as your electric outlet. When you get on your computer at home or at work, you have certain files that you can access. You can only access your work files from work and home files from home, unless you back them up on a portable drive. Using the Cloud your files are accessible to you from any computer you use. This is possible because your files are stored on a remote server somewhere secure for your access at any time and from anywhere. Like the electricity; it’s just there.

In fact, most people are using the Cloud and not even realizing it. Do you have an ipad, tablet pc, or an ereader that you read books, magazines, or purchase apps? If so, then you most likely access them from your online account wherever you buy your content. You can access your books, magazines, and apps from any computer or device anywhere, providing you have the proper credentials. Most of us have accessed our email through Hotmail, Yahoo mail, Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, or some other online service. If you have used these type services then you have used the Cloud. Online banking is another use of the Cloud. In fact, this online class is, you guessed it, in the Cloud. From an IT standpoint, there are no more software updates and email servers to tend to. This type of service is called Software as a Service (SaaS) and is expanding rapidly.

Ania Monaco quotes Thomas Coughlin, president of the data storage consulting group Coughlin Associates, in the article titled “A View Inside the Cloud” at the website, http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-topic/a-view-inside-the-cloud, that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is “sort of an outsourcing of technology assets.”

Imagine if your servers were somewhere else. The idea with IaaS is that the users do not need to purchase and maintain the equipment. This comes with a huge advantage for its users. Let’s say for example if your company uses two or three servers, but during seasonal operations your servers are overloaded and constantly crashing. With this service you can just rent more servers for the time they are needed to handle the traffic. From an IT standpoint, you still need to maintain your software and updates, however, you will not have to provide maintenance on site.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is geared more for developers. Servers and software developing tools are accessed remotely from the Cloud. One example of PaaS is Google App Engine. This is where users can create and host web applications without having the expense of owning and maintaining servers of their own.

I see the future of networking going to the Cloud. It makes sense from a business standpoint and is cheaper to maintain.

Cell Technology

Have you ever had issues with your cell phone network claiming 3G or 4G speeds, but you just aren’t seeing it? According to Wireless-Mag at http://www.wireless-mag.com/News/14091/MWC_2012_Preview__ip.access_announces_plans_for_first_LTE_small_cell.aspx, the future in wireless communication is through the use of small cell technology. This technology will provide 3G and 4G coverage in places where it was not available before, such as malls, hotels, etc. This growing technology promises to boost speeds up to 150 Mbps by combining cell technology with broadband Internet. With video streaming, the use of smart phones and portable PCs on the rise, this technology is a must to keep up with future demands.

For consumers, this is a big deal. Small cell technology will all but eliminate dead spots in cellular networks. Roaming will be a thing of the past as this develops. According to Innovation Found at http://www.innovationfound.org/technology/small-cell-technologies-for-cell-and-data-transmission.html, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T have been using this technology, on a smaller scale, to connect broadband with phone users for several years.

There are plans to incorporate small cell technology into USB flash drives for more portable applications. This technology can and will be used for other network types as well. Satellite companies are delving into small cell technology to provide access in remote locations as well.

Smart Homes

Another new and emerging technology is called Smart Grid. According to Smartgrid.gov at http://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid#smart_grid, the Smart Grid is a way that power companies can make better use of their resources. With the use of special routers, you will be able to set your thermostat to raise or lower on its own at certain times of the day right from your smart phone.

With this technology, I see that smart houses will be on the rise. Imagine being notified as soon as an appliance like a refrigerator goes out. Maybe the system could automatically schedule a repair company to come service the appliance. This idea could work on most all appliances in the house. Of course all of these devices would have to have their own IP addresses in order to be networked.

With the Smart Grid technology, power companies will be able to detect where power outages occur and when they occur rather than having to rely on phone calls. They will also detect problems before black outs happen. This will help improve customer service and maintain service to their customers.

Home security and home health systems will be much more efficient in the future. We already have home security systems that are pretty amazing; however, I believe they will improve and become more widely used. For example, in the event window is broken, security cameras would automatically scan the area as well as you and the police being called. I know this technology already exists, but with the smart grid and smart home technology on the rise, I believe these security systems will be commonplace.

Smart Home Health

Home health systems will also evolve to more commonplace as it becomes easier to detect problems. Heart patients already have the pace-maker. What if when a heart attack occurs the pace-maker sends a signal to call an ambulance? There are insulin pumps for diabetics that tests blood sugar. What if the pump could detect major changes in the blood sugar and contact an ambulance. These are just two examples of how I see home health care in the future due to the advances in networking technologies.

The possibilities are endless, however, with all of these advances in the various types of networks, there will be growing concerns in network security with viruses, hackers, identity theft, etc.

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