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3 Ways Fiber Optic Infrastructures Impact Enterprise Networks

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Posted by James Donovan on 6 February 2015 Connect with James on LinkedIn Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

From scalability to cost-efficiency:

You are likely aware that fiber optics are dramatically changing the infrastructure landscape. But how are they doing so? Below are are three key ways that fiber optic infrastructures are impacting Enterprise networks, leading to improved costs, better productivity and more effective performance.

1. Commercial Real Estate

Commercial buildings today are dynamically changing high-tech facilities, and will continue to do so in future. When considering the effect of fiber optic infrastructures in regard to high-tech buildings, the need to provide efficient and cost-effective environments for the information-age-based, highly-mobile worker is integral. Productivity is the driving force, but these needs can be accomplished through optimization of structure, systems, services, and management as well as considering the interrelationships between systems.

In this instance, communications is fundamental to providing voice, data, video, security and access control services. To integrate these systems and their services, the cabling system must provide a common infrastructure (cabling and cabling distribution method).

The convergence or integration of wired and wireless systems over fiber optics offers scalability, enabling addition or removal of devices wherever/whenever required (moves, adds, & changes). It facilitates analog to digital & IP networked migration and new IT growth can be accounted for up front.

2. Intelligent Networks

Today’s intelligent buildings are designed to harness technology and link building systems in order to supply better efficiency, higher productivity and increased comfort. The global trend among innovative buildings is toward a comprehensive infrastructure solution.

Most buildings feature multiple systems each requiring their own control, management and monitoring. Without a common infrastructure that can link them together, these dozens of systems can create a lifetime accumulation of unnecessary cost and inefficiency.

With a fiber optic backbone solution however, all of a buildings systems, from building automation systems and communications systems, to video surveillance and access control, are converged over the same, common infrastructure, providing an enhanced level of efficiency and cross-system performance.

3. Data Centers

Whether supporting the needs of a single company or thousands of different clients, continuously-operating data centers/headends are essential to the flow, processing and storage of business-critical information. Today’s data center must deliver a defined set of services to users on demand, with little to no interruption.

This extreme service reliability is paramount to data center installations and must be addressed with high-performance fiber optic infrastructure solutions that allow high density as well as ease of deployment and use. In support of the use of increasingly complex applications such as cloud computing, content delivery, e-commerce and data backup, the need for scalable infrastructures, power and cooling, and higher bandwidth continue to grow – intensifying the demand for better connectivity solutions in the data center.

The Fiber Future

Fiber Optic infrastructure solutions are being engineered for optimal deployment of mission-critical enterprise networks and data centers, supporting network connections anywhere from 1Gps to 100Gbps.