4 Considerations for a Smarter Network: Part 1
We’ve heard Albert Einstein’s famous words of wisdom – “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Fast forward a century or so, and Einstein easily could have been talking about network design.
As we bring more technology into our buildings including Wi-Fi, security cameras, smart devices, access controls, and building management systems, we also bring the need for more connectivity. As buildings become smarter, they require more data and more power to keep up with the increasing technology demands.
In this 2-part series, we will discuss four key considerations for designing smarter networks. By designing networks differently, we can overcome some of the challenges we face with traditional networking approaches and better support the evolving technology needs at the edge. Let’s begin with the first consideration to build the foundation for a smarter technology strategy.
Consideration #1. Choosing future-ready infrastructure
As we continue to innovate and bring more technologies onto our networks, we are repeatedly facing the challenge of needing more data and more power to support our changing technology plans.
Traditionally, we have solved for the need of more data and more power by rip-and-replacing the existing Category cable in a building with the next generation of Category cable. We have continued to do the same thing over and over again by upgrading our cabling over the years – from Cat1 to Cat 3 to Cat 5/5e to Cat6/6A to Cat7/7a – to keep up with our ever-changing networking demands.
Taking a lesson from Einstein – if we choose to stick with long runs of Category cable in the horizonal, we can expect nothing else but continued rip-and-replacing. Instead, it’s time to think about choosing future-ready infrastructure that can scale and adapt to support changing network needs, such as Corning’s ActiFi composite cable.