Track 6: enterprise networking
Connecting the next generation enterprise
Though complete cross-vendor interoperability is still a
long way off, new technologies in the horizon promise whole new ways of networking
During the past couple of years, enterprise networking has witnessed quite
a few innovations.If Gigabit Ethernet was the fastest LAN architecture, the
802.11x standards have been trailblazers in the Wi-Fi arena. While Cat 6 set
the standards in LAN cabling, iSCSI quietly started making its presence felt
in SANs. These trends show the rapid advances in enterprise networking. While
end-to-end cross-vendor interoperability is still a long way off, new technologies
have significantlyimproved performance levels. Conference track six will look
at certain emerging trends that will soon have a significant impact on enterprise
IP to the fore
Convergence of data, voice and video (IP-based communications)
is not a new concept. Technologists have been trying to push this technology
for quite a while now, but adoption has been pretty slow due to perceived performance
and cost issues. However, widespread adoption of IP-based communication services
is happening rapidly now.
With technology bottlenecks a thing of the past, IP communications
offer enterprises an attractive option to integrate communication and data paths.
IP-based communications offer multiple benefits such as reduced communication
costs, lesser network complexity, and increased productivity. Video traffic
is becoming common across the world. Organisations have already found IP as
an ideal means for combining voice and data traffic at cost effective rates.
With technologies such as Gigabit Ethernet and MPLS providing superior capabilities
it is just a matter of time before 'convergence' becomes a common concept in
enterprises with data, voice and video travelling over IP.
Wi-Fi goes broadband
If the last four years were about Wi-Fi LANs, the future
will witness a different revolution altogether. Yes, the age of wireless broadband
is almost at hand. Technologies like WiMax are all set to rewrite the wireless
WiMAX provides high-throughput broadband connections over
long distances. It can be used for a number of applications, including last
mile broadband connections, hotspots and cellular backhaul, as well as high-speed
enterprise connectivity. Based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, WiMAX provides metropolitan
area network connectivity at speeds of up to 75 Mbps and an average range between
3 to 5 kilometers. If the promise is fulfilled, WiMax is an enterprise technology
to watch out for.
Self defence for networks
The latest security trend is that of integrated security
in network devices. Systems with integrated security ensure the privacy of information
transmitted and provide protection against internal and external threats.
These systems also give corporate administrators control
over access to corporate resources. These self-defending networks will identify
threats, react appropriately to the severity level, isolate infected servers
and desktops, and reconfigure network resources in response to an attack.