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Networks will cost 50% less in five years

25 Jun 2013

Future networks will cost about half of what traditional networks cost today, as users across the globe push organisations to create BYOD ready environments.

That’s according to the 2013 Network Barometer Report, released today by Dimension Data, which claims networks will require a smaller capital investment to roll out, will be cheaper to operate because they’ll be easier to manage, provide unified access, and require less power and cooling.

Today, most campus networks comprise around 80% wired ports serving individual users, and 20% WLAN ports supporting multiple users

However, there’s a growing swell of users across the globe pushing organisations to create ‘bring your own device’ ready environments, and usher in the enterprise mobility era that will inevitably change the structure of networks.

Raoul Tecala, Dimension Data’s Business Development director for Network Integration says today’s users want the freedom to move around as they please, and still be able to access the information and tools they need, seamlessly, from wherever they are, and using their own mobile devices.

“Most campus networks consist of approximately 80% wired ports serving individual users, and 20% wireless LAN (WLAN) ports supporting multiple users," he says.

"However, today, users don’t want to be tethered to their desks, and as a result, are putting pressure on organisations to facilitate enterprise mobility.

“When comparing a traditional wired network deployment supporting 100 users to a wireless network of the same size, the reduction in physical hardware – LAN switches, discrete wireless LAN controller and cabling – makes the wireless network up to 50% less expensive.

"In addition to the capital savings, the operation and management of this user environment is also reduced.

“In our opinion, these cost savings add to the well documented benefits of a mobile workforce and will drive enterprise mobility adoption at an ever increasing rate."

According to Tecala, the data in the 2013 Network Barometer Report indicates that organisations aren’t upgrading their networks for enterprise mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments as aggressively as expected, but this will inevitably change to accommodate the new structure of future networks and the cost saving that this brings.

“We advise clients to think, plan and budget more architecturally, rather than reactively, when refreshing networks," he says.

"The pressure to provide a more flexible, wireless environment conducive to enterprise mobility and BYOD will only grow stronger in the future."

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