Electrical Contracting News (ECN) December 2016 - Page 34

SPECIAL FEATURE DATA CABLING NETWORK NEEDS Cisco predicts that Wi-Fi and mobile connected devices will generate two thirds of all Internet traffic by 2017. Jan-Wilem Hendriks and Ken Hodge of Brand-Rex discuss the implications of these latest developments together with the recent launch of advanced Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11ac). They describe how these advances are driving the need for 10Gb/s in the horizontal network and what this means for network cabling choices. W e’ve been reading for ages now about the desire of workers and indeed consumers to be able to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) into the workplace, the library, council offices and many other places; and then to be able to use those devices to access and work with information and applications on corporate networks. Of course this brings many security challenges for IT departments, as noncontrolled devices are allowed access into previously ring fenced networks. Many network managers reading this will already be grappling with these issues. Some organisations have chosen to deal with this by operating choose-your- own-device (CYOD) instead of BYOD. This is where the company offers employees a wide range of smartphones, tablets and laptops to give those users freedom to choose iPhone, Blackberry, HTC etc., or even MacBook versus Windows laptop. The benefit to the IT department is that, although they now have to support dozens of platforms instead of a few, they do actually have control of them from a security perspective. 34 | December 2016 34-36 Data Cabling – Brand Rex.indd 34 11/11/2016 16:41