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Major changes coming in the enterprise network landscape

By Donna Donnawitz
August 17, 2012
IT managers who have become comfortable and complacent with their networking setups should be prepared for change, Enterprise Networking Planet reported. The rise of cloud computing and growing popularity of mobility plans have put considerable pressure on corporate networks, as both technologies create new bandwidth demands that can generate major problems when it comes to data delivery.

Citing a recent Dimension Data study, the news source explained that at least half of all enterprise networks will be rendered obsolete as soon as 2015, as the bring-your-own-device movement, video plans and virtualization require a unique combination of both network capacity and resources. Furthermore, routing and switching solutions that are deployed within the access-layer of the network are increasingly being pushed toward the edge, creating an environment in which networks not only need to be upgraded, but configured in a more innovative way.

According to Enterprise Networking Planet, there is no longer a question as to whether or not the network will need to change - that is definite. There will need to be adjustments made to bandwidth capacities and core architectures to position the network for emerging and future demands. Enterprise functions will increasingly depend on the core internet instead of the corporate networks that are segmented from the rest of the world and tightly controlled by the IT department. As such, the network will have to be much more flexible and adaptable to changing operating conditions.

The various trends emerging throughout the enterprise IT sector are creating the data center without walls, a movement in which cloud computing, data center outsourcing, virtualization and similar trends combine to create an environment in which businesses are obtaining services from a diverse range of locations, not a single facility, the report said. This creates a dynamic networking climate that has to unify resources from a diverse range of internal and external sources.

Investing in internal optical networking solutions could be the answer to the many challenges facing businesses. The large amounts of bandwidth required by web services delivered to companies depends heavily on high levels of data throughput that are not easily obtainable using copper cabling. As a result, many experts agree that fiber-based infrastructure will soon become more common, making media conversion key to enable cost-effective deployment alongside copper systems.

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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