Today’s IT Landscape Described by Philosopher 2,500 Years Ago

Ashok Srinivasan1 Ashok Srinivasan August 18, 2014

HeraclitusThe philosopher Heraclitus once said, “Nothing is permanent except change.” Given the rapid evolution of technology and the way information is accessed, it seems to me that the philosophy of Heraclitus certainly applies to today’s IT industry.

As usage of mobile devices increases, we are seeing a rise in the demand for anywhere, anytime connectivity. Mobile devices have become critical to people’s work lives. They are used by: professionals in business enterprises to work on-the-go, patients and doctors to access medical records remotely, companies to showcase their products and solutions, video streaming, and students for better collaboration with peers and teachers for exam preparation. Enterprises are starting to take notice of the growing bring your own device (BYOD) trend and redefining their IT policies to accommodate it.

All this has put lots of stress on networks, especially service provider networks and data centers. The networks need to keep pace with this demand and be able to deliver content to the users whenever and wherever they are. It’s interesting to note that as chipset vendors strive to pack more transistors onto each chip, while at the same time making the chips themselves smaller, the transceiver vendors are trying to increase bandwidth availability and take it to the next level.

To give you an example, we recently deployed a 100-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity solution using SYSTIMAX® InstaPatch® 360 fiber solutions, which enabled a GSM 2G/3G mobile service provider in India to upgrade its bandwidth. The service provider needed to upgrade its backbone infrastructure to meet mobile users’ demand for increased access speeds and offer enhanced customer experience with real time delivery of content.

CommScope enables 100 GbE using InstaPATCH 360 with LazrSPEED® multimode fiber to meet the customer’s growing bandwidth needs. The uniqueness of this solution is that it allows circuit administration without polarity concerns since they have no “one-time” polarity components and no user adjustments or polarity concerns with moves, adds and changes. It also provides inherently correct polarity, independent of channel topology, regardless of the number of cables/cords and with simple rules that are always applicable.

You don’t need the philosophical expertise of a Heraclitus to keep pace with constantly changing consumer expectations while maintaining service-levels. There are solutions available to help enterprises stay ahead of the trend. If you have any questions about the latest fiber solutions for dealing with the permanent change of network technology, leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you.

About the Author

Ashok Srinivasan1

Ashok Srinivasan

Ashok Srinivasan is the technical director at CommScope India. Ashok is a BICSI-certified RCDD professional and holds Cisco certifications like CCNA, CCDA, and data center certifications like CDCP and CDCS. Ashok has more than 25 years of experience in the technical management space and has been with CommScope for more than 10 years.