Networking Trends Paper:  In this paper, you will research and report on network design and management trends over the last three years (present year minus 2) in the areas of virtualization, security, hardware, network management tools, software defined networking, and wireless.   Choose, at least, three areas and explain the general trend and trends within two subsets of the area (i.e., security has subsets of physical, perimeter, monitoring) over the last three years.  Use at least one figure from Google Trends showing a trend discussed in your paper.  Support your information and make sure all information sources are appropriately cited.

The paper must use APA 6th ed., 7th printing formatting and contain a title page, 5 to 7 pages of content,and a minimum of four peer-reviewed references

Your assignment will be graded based on the rubric, which can be viewed when clicking on the assignment submission link above.

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Introduction and/or Background-

The introduction and/or background have excellent detail providing a clear understanding of the paper’s direction with excellent integration of course material and the assignment’s requirements. and The introduction and/or background appropriately and concisely introduce the paper’s content while providing the paper’s focus. and The introduction’s length is not more than one (1) page for papers less than 10 pages or the length is not more than 20% of assigned paper’s length for papers greater than 10 pages.


Content (findings & analysis)–

The content is fully developed providing excellent detail related to the assignment’s requirements with exceptional integration of course material and information showing a good understanding of the course concepts associated with the assignment.


Conclusion and/or Recommendation(s)–

The conclusions (if required) and/or the recommendations (if required) directly relate to the assignment’s content and the assignment’s requirements with excellent integration and detail providing a clear understanding of the conclusions / recommendations.


APA Format, Literary Sources, & Grammatical Excellence–

The combination of APA formatting, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, and grammatical errors is 2 or less. and The number of literary sources (if required) exceeds the requirement by at least four and all sources are appropriately used to support the paper’s content.