Networks Europe March/April 2019 - Page 5

The broadband debate... 05 A sustainable future Greener living, reducing energy consumption overall and switching to renewable energy sources are considerations for all areas of society, and the data centre industry is certainly no exception. In fact, this is one industry where ‘going green’ is of upmost importance. Not a month goes by without someone finding a new way to send vast amounts of data down a single fibre, but how will ever-present high-speed broadband make a difference In to this our issue Internet could of be interconnected with experts from towards a we’ll experience? be looking at a We number different ways the industry is moving more sustainable future the face of increasing data communities and Internet connected devices that all conceivable professions, accessing scientific and everyday equipment all in over the globe, reaching of all shapes are forecast next few years alone. As technology evolves, our the projects data centre and sizes, using all sorts of new applications and services — all within in real the time. High-speed broadband can enable to industry ultimately at the forefront the deliver green revolution. be adopted across both our business and social lives, is and the only effective way of to this future is with a fibre optic-based infrastructure.Tech investment is hitting record highs in the UK and the essential foundation of this booming growth is access to James Abbott broadband. In an ideal world the whole of the United Kingdom’s telecoms network would be based off a pure fibre optic network, Editor – Networks Europe but in reality it makes more economic sense to upgrade what already exists. Convincing stakeholders that fibre is a necessary investment is yet another obstacle. There is a clear role here for providers to help demonstrate the business case for fibre. The good news is that all of the major operators are bringing fibre optic cables ever closer to homes, but we need to focus on take-up of superfast broadband by businesses, not just consumers. In ten or twenty years we might be able to replace the last few metres of copper and coax with a true fibre optic connection, but time will tell. Enjoy the issue. Nick Wells Editor – Netcomms Europe INTELLIGENT R&MinteliPhy – Automated Infrastructure Management by R&M Manually managed infrastructure data has a 10% error rate*, 20-40% of ports in a network are forgotten over time**. The automated R&MinteliPhy solution continuously monitors each connection in one or more data centres or local networks, a (remote) central server records cabling status. The AIM-based solution has functions for management, analysis as well as planning cabling and network cabinets. R&MinteliPhy is easy to retrofit and can halve network monitoring and management costs. When new devices are integrated or changes made updates are automatically generated. Unused patch panels and ports in active equipment are instantly detected. Data can be traced in real time with a PC or smartphone, faulty connections are located in seconds. More info: Convincing cabling solutions * Source: Watson & Fulton ** Source: Frost & Sullivan NETCOMMS europe Volume V Issue 3 2015