In the last few years modern technology has expanded greatly, leading to increasing numbers of internet-capable devices and growing network demand.
From tablets to eReaders, smartphones to iPads, most of us take our gadgets with us wherever we go – including to the office. And while device accessibility is useful and improves productivity, it can cause some impressive (and increasing) network headaches.
Networks need to be prepared for the influx of devices being brought into the enterprise environment, as well as the complexities inherent in their use, ranging from bandwidth, to security concerns, to productivity issues.
While it’s tempting to view devices as a burden on the network, we must embrace these technologies and the opportunities they bring; finding the best way to manage them in the context of more traditional network activity.
I think there is no doubt that the vision of ‘smart things’ is coming to fruition. Within the next few years, the Internet will be extended into most aspects of our lives; literally billions of Internet-enabled microprocessors will provide digital intelligence and connectivity for almost every product and appliance around us – the Internet of Things!
Yet interestingly, it is probably not consumers or end-users who have the most to gain from device networking – instead it is manufacturers and service providers.
What has already become commonplace with connected computers will soon emerge as an important service extension for most products and equipment.
Everything is going to be networked, not just as a sellable ‘feature’, but as an important component of the device’s operation. Imagine a world where networked devices were self-sensing, self-controlling and self-optimizing automatically, without any human intervention. This represents how all new applications for networks and their associated infrastructures will operate.
So what does this mean for Network’s Passive Infrastructure?
With words like ‘everywhere’ and ‘exponential’ characterizing the future of our technology, it is difficult to see how it could mean anything but MORE infrastructure development and restructuring in so many ways!
The main challenge facing building owners, IT managers, property developers and wired or wireless network planners is to ensure that this network revolution sits on a flexible and evolving passive infrastructure that is “future-ready and pervasive”. This infrastructure needs to be available whenever needed and promote a user-friendly experience at all times.
A new eBook from the CommScope Infrastructure Academy explores why passive infrastructure is important, what recommended training is available for network professionals to become future-ready, and how easy it is to access it online.
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