The emerging and ever increasing market for fibre communications is one that puzzles a lot of people, according to James Donovan, CommScope vice president of creative and education services.
According to Donovan, personnel in the industry need to understand market trends and development for fibre optics, which is now encroaching into many aspects of our lives.
“Fibre optic cabling is becoming a vital infrastructure in three major areas – commercial real estate, intelligent building networks and data centres – and we might not even be aware of it,” Donovan says.
CommScope has identified the following ways that fibre optic cabling impacts enterprise infrastructure networks in these areas:
Commercial real estate
Today’s commercial buildings are challenging high-tech facilities. These buildings must provide efficient and cost-effective environments for the information-age-based worker. This can be done through optimisation of its structure, systems, services and management, as well as the connections between systems. Productivity is the driving force in designing and building these high-tech buildings for the highly mobile worker.
Communications is fundamental to providing voice, data, video, security and access control services. To integrate these systems and their services, the cabling system must provide a common infrastructure (cabling and cabling distribution method). The convergence or integration of wired and wireless systems over fibre optics offers scalability, enabling addition or removal of devices wherever and whenever required. It facilitates analogue to digital and IP networked migration while enabling new IT growth to be accounted for up front.
Intelligent building networks
Intelligent buildings harness technology and link building systems to supply more efficiency, higher productivity and increased comfort. The global trend among innovative buildings is toward a comprehensive infrastructure solution. Most buildings feature systems where each requiring its own control, management and monitoring. Without a common infrastructure linking them, these systems can accumulate a lifetime of unnecessary cost.
With a fibre optic backbone, all of a building’s systems – from building automation systems and communications systems, to video surveillance and access control – are converged over the same, common infrastructure. This provides an enhanced level of efficiency and cross-system performance.
Whether supporting the needs of a single company or thousands of different clients, continuously operating data centres are essential to the flow, processing and storage of business critical information. Today’s data centre must deliver a defined set of services to users on demand, with little to no interruption.
This extreme service reliability is paramount to data centre installations and must be addressed with high-performance, fibre optic infrastructure solutions that allow high density, as well as ease of deployment and use. To support the use of increasingly complex applications, such as cloud computing, content delivery, e-commerce and data backup, the need for scalable infrastructures, power and cooling, and higher bandwidth continue to grow – intensifying the demand for better connectivity solutions in the data centre.
Fibre optic infrastructure solutions are being engineered for optimal deployment of mission-critical enterprise networks and data centres, supporting network connections anywhere from 1Gps to 1Tbps.