Customers are increasingly finding their campus networks don’t deliver the agility, scalability and cost-per-port they require to realize the benefits from their investments in IT. Legacy campus networks were designed on the basis of several assumptions, such as the requirement to support desktop workers accessing client/server-based applications. Although that requirement still exists, a new wave of requirements is beginning to take priority, and they are forcing a re-think when it comes to how campus networks should be designed.
There are several other industry trends and business requirements that are impacting the way today’s organizations approach their campus design projects. Chief among these are:
• The proliferation of mobile devices
• The advent of desktop virtualization
• The need for greater collaboration
These are highlighting the limitations of traditional campus design. Because historically there was only a minimum amount of wireless LAN connectivity to support, few IT organizations implemented a tightly integrated wired and wireless campus LAN infrastructure, and security was often a secondary consideration.
Traditional campus networks tended to evolve in an organic fashion where equipment was deployed in response to short-term needs rather than as part of a long-term strategic plan. This approach usually resulted in a wide range of hardware and network operating systems being deployed, which significantly increased the complexity associated with managing the campus.
So what is the alternative? In his whitepaper “Top 3 Factors Driving Campus Redesign” Dr. Jim Metzler from Ashton, Metzler & Associates explains in more detail what is driving the need for change in campus networking, and what an effective solution should incorporate. To read more and download the paper click here: Top 3 Factors Driving Campus Redesign