Gartner forecasts 3D printing, SDN as emerging technologies to watch

10/8/2013 | Network World

Software-defined networking and 3D printing are joining cloud computing and machine-to-machine technology on the list of hot IT trends that will be on analysts' radars in 2014. In a new report exploring the emerging technologies most likely to disrupt the status quo next year, Gartner says a push for SDN standards by groups such as OpenStack and OpenFlow will propel a move away from purely appliance-based networking solutions and predicts a 75% increase in 3D printer shipments, as well as the rise of smart machines and the hybrid cloud.

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