ZDNet recently published a thought-provoking article on how they believe the global chip shortage is a much bigger problem than everyone realised, and that it will go on for longer than expected.
The article stated: “Experts anticipate the global shortage of semiconductors to last another two years, and…although chip manufacturers assiduously continue to produce components, the demand for electronic devices that use semiconductors is reaching new heights and has already far outpaced the global supply of chips.”
A huge role in this inability for supply to meet demand has been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As companies sent their staff back home to work remotely, PC and smartphone sales surged.
At the same time, users turned to new, chip-filled forms of entertainment to pass the time during months of lockdown, ranging from gaming to cryptocurrency mining.”
What this means is that at some point, consumers will be affected by the chip crisis and will, in some cases see a price hike.
The effect on businesses, which tend to buy products on a larger scale, may well be more severe. In a nutshell, without careful planning, the productivity and agility of employees could be impacted.
Andre Kannemeyer, CTO at Duxbury Networking, says that supplier Ananda Networks has reported feedback from its global partners that a severe shortage of chips is impacting delivery of routers and servers worldwide.
“One of the solutions is to consider moving networks to a software defined LAN technology like Ananda Networks technology.
The company is turning the problem on its head by rebuilding the network from the ground.
They are converging the key security and networking aspects into a single layer that doesn’t require any hardware deployment and makes the network up to 25x faster, fully secured, and managed with the same ease of use as creating a Slack channel.
Ananda Networks was purpose built for the cloud with 100% software. No routers, servers, or POPs required for setup and provisioning,” he explains.
Ananda has built the first virtualised, distributed network that can connect all nodes securely and optimally, regardless of their physical location or network configuration – whether they are in the same data centre, cloud, nearby city, or across the world.
“There is no need to backhaul traffic or force it to go through a potentially much longer route as is the case with existing solutions that rely on centralised gateways.”
Ananda Networks is also fully cloud-managed.
“You can use the Ananda cloud control plane to define multiple private, virtual networks (V2LANs) connecting your users, devices, servers and cloud services.
Ananda software clients or gateways communicate with the cloud to retrieve the network setup and security settings, determine optimal connectivity between the nodes, and upload log information,” Kannemeyer adds.
Legacy networking and security solutions require hardware appliances, driving complexity, deployment time, and cost up.
Hardware also puts the burden of scaling, maintenance, and backup availability on the administrator.
“Ananda can be deployed in minutes as pure software agents running on the endpoints, or on any virtual or physical gateways. This ability and its non-reliance on hardware, makes it a viable alternative to semiconductor chip-reliant technology,” says Kannemeyer.