As demand for
bandwidth (and network infrastructure) continues to increase, skilled
infrastructure experts are required to meet this demand. In this blog, I
explain the trends that are driving network changes. And I ask three questions
to help you assess if you are ready to address them.
Question 1: Increased bandwidth demands
require increased infrastructure knowledge. Are you prepared?
Network planning has
never been an easy process; however, it can probably be summarized in a
relatively simple equation: Data
Centralization + IP Convergence = Large amounts of aggregated bandwidth at the
edge, in the backbone and data centers.
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We are faced with
growing bandwidth needs from users--in the backbone and in the data centers to
support applications such as:
Question 2: But what’s the answer to this challenge?
Over the past 30
years, network infrastructure developments have taken parallel paths for
optical fiber, copper and wireless transmission media. Of all the network
protocols, Ethernet is clearly the market favorite. As Ethernet evolves to higher-speed forms, it addresses the needs of customers
with a cost-effective reliable solution to their data networking needs.
Additionally, switched Ethernet networks have shown themselves to be extremely
robust, performing over every physical media layer available, from twisted pair
cables to all types of fiber-optic cables. Almost all network traffic today
starts out as Ethernet and IP traffic.
networks with the next step up in speed is usually the easiest way to scale and
migrate enterprise and service-provider networks. This means 10 Gbps (Gigabits
per second) moves the decimal point from
one to 10 gigabits per second, and 100 Gbps will move it one step further, with
speeds of more than 1 Tbps (Terabits per second) also on the horizon. This will
enable Ethernet to match and exceed speeds of the fastest technology in
metropolitan area networks (MANs) and wide-area networks (WANs).
Higher network speeds will continue to evolve because of steadily increasing bandwidth
demands, coupled with the decreasing costs of interface electronics and the
advancing adoption of technologies such as cloud and edge computing. The
aggregation effects of user bandwidth drive even higher speeds in data centers
and network backbones.
Question 3: Which technology should you learn
As the network
requirements in both the wired and wireless world fuel the need for high
reliability, low latency, high bandwidth and extended distances, fiber optic
solutions reach deeper and deeper into the network and wireless solutions
proliferate at the user.
If you are hedging
your bets on which technology to learn about, wireless and fiber optics –
and passive infrastructure as a whole – have to be up near the top of your
If you are looking for
specific courses, then CommScope Infrastructure Academy’s Passive
Infrastructure Specialist Courses can help you to get ahead in the growing
network infrastructure market. These courses cover the full range from RF
Wireless Infrastructure Fundamentals, to Fiber Optic Infrastructure, to
Structured Cabling Design and more. You can see the full course listing here.
So, how are you going to future
proof your skills?