Next Generation Local Area Networks (Next-Gen LAN)

Our world is not slowing down, and neither are the networks that support it. Exponential bandwidth growth and an ever-increasing demand for new services and applications can strain even the most robust infrastructure. But there is a future proof networking solution. A single, converged fiber-deep infrastructure with its zone cabling architecture can handle the requirements of multiple network technologies, including LAN, cellular, video, and building management systems. With convergence, you are protected from a rip-and-replace upgrade cycle, left instead with a simplified technology-neutral and future-ready solution. And who better to help than Corning, the company who helped launch the age of optical communications and continues to change the world in which we live.

The Dilemma of More: Is your network ready for future demands?

Enabling new technologies. Can your network scale?

Our networks are expected to support more experiences than ever, and that list keeps getting longer as we develop new technologies that help us live more connected, safer, smarter, easier, and better lives. These new technologies enable many amazing experiences including growing trends like: BYO devices for learning and work, remote healthcare to allow access for more people, bring your entertainment with you while traveling, and employees connecting through video conferencing enabling global collaboration amongst teams. All of these changing experiences in medicine, education, retail, hospitality, and the workplace rely on an infrastructure to support them, requiring the network to change with them.

The top six technologies you should plan for in your next generation local area network (next-gen LAN) are 5G, Internet of things (IoT), WIFI, smart building technologies, telecommuting, and Virtual or Augmented Reality.

Congestion from Multiple Systems. Can you manage the complexity?

Today, most enterprises will layer on a whole new network each time they want to update or add another building management system to the network. This approach of adding multiple layers of single-purpose infrastructure causes crowded cable trays and maxed-out closet space. This type of digital transformation requires a digital backbone in place.  Is your network ready?

Bandwidth Limits. Can your network keep up?

We are living in a different era. The number of mission critical applications inside buildings being supported by IT infrastructure has expanded by orders of magnitude across 3 phases of evolution. The number of rudimentary property management, building automation, accounting and telecommunications services that were deployed up to the turn of the century were eclipsed exponentially by the number and complexity of IP-based, SaaS systems that were deployed throughout the last 15 years. That benchmark now seems low compared to the magnitude, complexity and intelligence of 4th Industrial Revolution systems. Put simply, current networks can’t efficiently make this leap.

Network Flexibility: Can you react to what you didn’t expect?

There are many technologies and applications coming on line that could disrupt your network if you are not prepared.  But what about the changes we don’t predict.  Which application will take off that we don’t even know about yet.  When disruption comes to your network, can you allocate and prioritize based on emerging needs.  Or does your network limit your reactions and your reaction times?

Articles, Tools, and Resources

The practical IoT

Internet of Things (IoT)

Much has been written about the Internet of Things (IoT) over the last few years, discussing both the explosive growth projections in the number of attached devices and the anticipated value to global business that they will bring. The growth projections alone are staggering. From the chart in this article, you can see that the numerical growth from 2018 to 2019 is 3.52 billion IoT devices globally.

By the year 2020, the IoT will comprise more than 30 billion connected devices. Find out how this impacts your network in the article originally printed in CablingInstall magazine.

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5G Networks Impact on Fiber-Optic Cabling Requirements

The possibilities seem endless, making it possible that 5G will be revolutionary rather than evolutionary in its demand on fiber infrastructure.

5G networks promise to connect people and things through intelligent networks and applications, all generating an immense amount of data. It seeks to provide the best of all performance factors while simultaneoulsy connecting more devices. These network advancements will enable and inspire a new wave of computing and technological innovation that will change the way we live and work. But before 5G becomes a reality, the network infrastructure has to be in place to support the billions of devices and the trillions of megabits of data that will flood the network. Let's take a look at how 5G will impact optical-fiber requirements. 

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The Future of Wireless Networks

The Future of Wireless Networks

With the first 5G networks expected to be launched by 2020, we are only a few short years away from the next chapter of mobile communications.

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