Network and Wireless Build-Out

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Baseline’s exclusive annual research study of midsize and large organizations reveals the 10 trends that will play a significant role in enterprises in the coming year.

Trend 3:  Network and Wireless Build-Out

It’s not hard to imagine what’s driving networking installations, as all of us now access shared resources from more places more often, and data streams have become richer and more performance-sensitive. Network managers are responding to the increasing demand—not just in volume, but in the physical reach of the network—by increasing deployments.

That increase is quite striking. Network infrastructure investments in general are going up in 38 percent of midsize and larger organizations this year, and the deployment of wireless networks in particular has been steadily accelerating for two years.

But this trend goes beyond just the LAN. Organizations are also depending more and more on wide-area services and even private cellular in their efforts to support workforce mobility. In an industry such as insurance, it can be essential to the business for workers to remain productively connected while mobile.

Maiden Global’s experience during Hurricane Irene earlier this year is a prime example. A Bermuda-based re-insurer that provides services to primary insurance organizations, Maiden had to remain online and available in the wake of the storm, even after its office and servers in Mt. Laurel, N.J., shut down.

Redundant servers around the world picked up the data workload, but local Maiden employees, who had to support the insurance carriers responding to the storm, could not get to the office. Here’s where the WAN stepped in: “Communications were up and available from an infrastructure standpoint despite power outages and intermittent outages during Irene,” says John Sharp, director of IT.

Maiden’s remote communications solution, Lotus Notes Traveler software from IBM, automatically connected the fail-over servers to remote systems used by employees who were physically isolated by the storm. They could access Notes-based e-mail, calendaring, directories, resource databases and workflow applications via everything from desktop Web browsers to mobile devices. “We gained business continuity and could continue to service our customers without interruption,” says Sharp. 

For more, read Baseline's Top 10 Business Trends of 2012.

For more, read Baseline's Top 10 Business Trends of 2012.

This article was originally published on 2011-12-07
Executive Director of Research for Ziff Davis Enterprise
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