Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 15 - Page 21

LATEST INTELLIGENCE An integrated view on tomorrow’s smart buildings providers, a lack of asset optimisation and even redundant layers of infrastructure. the capacity to share multiple services across a single physical infrastructure. For any enterprise environment, the key to efficient connectivity depends on an informed strategy and an integrated deployment approach. To be effective, an integrated connectivity strategy should be: Flexible. While each enterprise deployment is unique, all will need the flexibility to run the services they need. Infrastructure should support Wi-Fi, HDBASE-T, DAS, 10G speeds and the headroom to migrate to 40G and 100G later on. The inclusion of an in-building cellular solution should support 2G, 3G and LTE on multiple operator networks. The temptation is to regard enterprise connectivity as a series of related but distinct challenges, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), wireless indoor coverage, physical infrastructure connectivity and integration into the data centre. However, dealing with these challenges individually invites complexity, where vital efficiency gains can be diminished – or even reversed – by dealing with multiple solutions Comprehensive. The strategy must emphasise both wired and wireless connectivity needs, including Wi-Fi as well as distributed antenna systems (DAS) or small cells. It must also account for external considerations such as support for public safety communications. Simple. Complexity is a hidden but enduring cost for a piecemeal connectivity execution. Done well, a deployment will take advantage of time – and cost-saving opportunities like modular design, pre-terminated cables and Dependably supported. Most enterprises are not equipped with the expertise to deploy their own infrastructure and must therefore rely on a dependable network of connectivity solution distributors, installers and integrators, each trained and certified by the solutions manufacturer itself. n Download whitepapers free from INTELLIGENTCIO 21