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Enterprise networks poised for change in response to post-PC era

By Donna Donnawitz
August 21, 2012
To a great extent, cloud computing and mobile device use have evolved as two separate movements, an interesting phenomenon as the two are highly dependent on each other. However, slight differences in the timing of when they became prominent and how they have interacted have left the two technologies being treated distinctly in many instances. In reality, cloud computing often fuels mobile device use, as it provides the foundation for data and application delivery to smartphones and tablets.

As cloud computing and mobility begin to align not only from a technological perspective, but also as broad IT movements, many experts agree that the enterprise is beginning to enter the post-PC era. This period is one in which cloud computing and mobile device use are both so prevalent that traditional desktop PCs are playing a diminishing role in businesses. According to a recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance report, networking needs change considerably when these two technologies come together, making strategic upgrades a key part of success in the post-PC wra.

The news source explained that mobile and cloud technologies emerged completely separate from one another, but have now converged on the enterprise. Because of this, the required shift in networking systems is substantial. Cloud computing has entered the corporate landscape, creating an environment where more data is delivered to the web and almost all of the information transmitted to end users no longer comes directly through the core corporate network, but instead through the web. All that is left on the corporate network is the wireless infrastructure which, increasingly provides the foundation needed for smartphones and tablets that provide voice as an almost secondary service option to application, web and email functionality.

The report said the pace of acceleration in the cloud and mobile space has been much faster than normal, leaving many IT departments scrambling to keep up.

As cloud computing and enterprise mobility solutions continue to push what the enterprise network can handle, the need for future-proofing the network is increasingly important. Many experts agree that the best way to do this is to use fiber-optic cabling infrastructure for many important network functions, especially internal data center systems that are built to support the cloud. However, many types of traffic can still rely on copper infrastructure with relative ease. As a result, media conversion tools can play a key strategic role in helping IT managers future proof their networks while still controlling costs by maintaining copper when possible.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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