Is It Time for a Network Refresh?
On average, bandwidth consumption and data volumes in the data center double every 18 months. The number of devices accessing the network doubles every 30 months. Is your network infrastructure built to support such explosive growth?
Many networks are not. The refresh cycle for enterprise networking equipment keeps getting longer and has now reached a six-year high, according to Dimension Data’s Network Barometer Report 2014. In fact, half of network switches, routers and wireless devices are either aging or obsolete. Devices that are past end of sale are considered “aging,” while those past end of support are considered “obsolete.”
Many organizations have delayed upgrades in an attempt to squeeze every last drop of juice from their legacy network equipment. However, even though certain components of your network infrastructure may still be working, older technology could be preventing your network from properly supporting the latest technologies and growing numbers of users and devices.
High-performance Wi-Fi is essential for most enterprises, yet a rapid increase in mobile device density is making it difficult to keep up with heavy bandwidth demands. The wired network plays a key role in wireless LAN performance, particularly with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Organizations will likely need to not only rethink wireless network design but to upgrade their wired network, which will in turn make the wireless network function better.
Meanwhile, bandwidth-heavy technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, video and big data are contributing to an immense increase in network traffic. Aging networks simply lack the capacity, flexibility and performance these technologies demand.
In addition to better supporting the wireless, VoIP and virtualized environments, an up-to-date network infrastructure delivers several key business benefits:
- Productivity will be enhanced when employees have access to more reliable connections, inside and outside of the office.
- Your network will be able to support innovative services and new product features and functionality.
- Your network will be more efficient, more cost-effective and easier to manage.
Fortunately, lower prices for Ethernet technology are making a network refresh more economically feasible. In addition, cloud-based configuration and administration tools are making it easier to manage the network infrastructure. Network switches that provide Power over Ethernet capabilities support wireless access points and VoIP equipment without having to run AC power to each of those devices.
The ICG Network Infrastructure team has proven expertise in the design, configuration, installation and support of best-in-class network solutions. Let us assess your network infrastructure to determine if it’s capable of supporting wireless, VoIP and virtualization and other state-of-the-art technologies. A network refresh may be necessary to take your organization to the next level.