Network Communications News (NCN) September 2016 - Page 18

Q&A Tris Simmons of Netgear What can organisations do to improve network resilience and eliminate the threat of downtime? More SMBs are viewing their networks as mission critical, including schools. It’s interesting to see that many adopt data back up strategies but don’t have resiliency or redundancy built into the switched network. As a result, all the data is protected, but if the switched network was to experience disruption, that very important, much needed data can’t be reached. In turn, this makes the switched network a weak link in delivering maximum uptime for service continuity. If parts of the network require zero interruption, then a fully managed stackable platform like our M4300 series is the best fit. If a few minutes’ outage is acceptable while the network recovers, then Smart Stackables offer an affordable alternative, such as our S3300 series. It’s also important to note resiliency and redundancy are two different things; the former is how quick the network can recover, the latter is whether an alternative route for traffic is in place or not. consumption. Prices have also fallen by greater than 70 per cent resulting in adoption that is set to double over the next two years. Interestingly, the number one reason SMBs are adopting 10 Gigbait is to address bottlenecks and performance issues. So we have seen 10 Gigabit move out of the data centre into the heart of SMB networks, which is driving the growth. What effect is the 802.11ac standard having on the wireless sector and what does it mean for the future of wireless connectivity? Multi-Gigabit switching will be the next wave of new investment going into 2017 and beyond to support next generation wave 2 11 ac access points that will be capable of speeds faster than 3.2Gbps. Although wireless is a shared medium, the more capable spe