Passive infrastructure – the physical technology that allows us to connect and communicate – is the driving force behind modern networks. For organizations striving to make most effective use of people, workspaces and business systems – this infrastructure provides flexibility, reliability and security; all key to enabling optimum worker productivity and corporate efficiency.
In short, manageable, reliable and flexible network infrastructure underpins effective working.
Below we explore key ways that both wired and wireless and cabling infrastructure can benefit businesses, when to use them and why now is the time to learn about them:
By implementing wireless solutions, the savvy enterprise can enhance processes and workflows, gain cost savings and operational efficiencies, and unlock the value of existing enterprise assets. At the same time, it is crucial to understand that the success of any wireless solution depends on an integrated and end-to-end approach to infrastructure.
An integrated approach to infrastructure boosts end-user adoption, leverages existing infrastructure and applications, reduces overall costs, and increases ROI for the benefit of the deploying enterprise.
A fully cabled network provides a level of mobility and flexibility based on the provisioning of ports, while delivering high performance, resilience, reliability, and security. Because the speed and density of connections nearer to server farms and datacenters are generally beyond the capacity of today’s wireless technology, and because spectrum will always be a scarce resource, it is clear that wireless equipment is not going to replace cabling in in-building deployments any time soon.
However, as new Wi-Fi and DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) come to market, the dynamics will likely change..
Different environments call for different solutions, and therefore wireless solutions can provide complimentary benefits to cabled ones. example, a worker may still use a laptop computer in the office, connecting to the wired network through a docking station, and then work wirelessly when moving from meeting to meeting using a tablet or smartphone. The same employee might be wireless at home, using the same laptop on the couch or on the patio, or while traveling, using the laptop or tablet in the lounge or pre-boarding area of the airport.
In general, cabled networks offer process improvements where productivity is linked to the speed and reliability of the network, and where business processes require timely access to large amounts of information.
In contrast, wireless networks offer process improvements where productivity is linked to the amount of time the network is available to employees on the move. However, it should be noted that even wireless networks need to be supported with a backbone of cabling.
So if you ever wondered why CommScope’s training academy includes wireless courses alongside its copper and fiber infrastructure portfolio, it is for two reasons:
To search our range of courses on offer, browse the CommScope Training new course catalogue
Or, you can read more about the opportunities for career enhancement, business growth, industry recognition – and CommScope Passive Infrastructure training courses – in our latest eBook; Understand the Passive Infrastructure that Underpins Your Network.