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This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions” in which we will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.
Successful businesses must be able to depend on IT infrastructure that’s fast, flexible and able to adapt quickly to fast-changing market trends in our 24-hour world. At the same time, these businesses must also minimize expensive downtime. Considering that almost a third of downtime can be attributed to human error, a better-managed network should display greater independence and intelligence, proactively alerting administrators to small problems before they become big expensive problems.
On top of all this, a better-managed network must bend the cost curve to its advantage, both in the short and long term. This means reducing the network’s energy and space requirements as well as mapping out an intelligent upgrade path. A better-managed network must deliver all these advantages so businesses can stay ahead of a fast-changing marketplace—and ahead of the competition.
This is where an intelligent infrastructure solution comes into play. An intelligent infrastructure solution is a combination of software, network connections and sensors in the data center that provide updated documentation that can take the guesswork out of what cables are connected where, making the job of managing networks much easier. They will also assist with finding a device’s physical location in the network with an IP device discovery. Because these solutions can help to diagnose and resolve problems quickly, they minimize costly downtime and improve the total quality experience of the data center.
Intelligent infrastructure solutions give technicians and IT managers the ability to improve speed and accuracy of connectivity changes to various end-devices such as computers and servers, wireless access points, IP phones, IP cameras, network printers, managed switches and power distribution units globally from one location.
With an intelligent infrastructure, customers can deploy and evolve their platform to accommodate future change while enabling better alignment of their IT with their business operations through a high degree of flexibility, allowing them to change business strategies to adapt to rapidly changing global, economic and market trends.