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Enterprise Network and Data Centre trends

What were the significant events within the enterprise network infrastructure and data centre sectors in 2016, and what will be the key talking points during 2017?

Stuart Campling, Senior Consultant, Cordless Consultants comments for Inside Networks Magazine:

"The workplace is undergoing a fundamental change. The use of handheld devices is soaring and the cost of floor space is at an all-time high. In a world of mobility and fluid working, office space itself is evolving to cater for a demand-led approach to services – and the enterprise network infrastructure and data centre sectors are feeling the knock-on effects of this.

Whilst we have seen an increasing uptake in the use of hosted and cloud services; there is still a demand for on premise physical network space since the advent of smart buildings is bringing more buildings services onto the network; such as Unified Comms, DAS and AV. Big data and workplace apps are facilitating more precise and automated control of our environments.

With greater integration between such systems, the physical network infrastructure must keep pace with these advances. Step forward the WiredScore IT connectivity rating certification for buildings. Moving forward, we expect to continue to help clients adhere to the Wired Building standards with regard to elements such as redundancy, variety of choices, resiliency, high quality connections and room for growth.

Also in pursuit of quality, 2017 will also see the advent of new Construction Product Regulation (CPR) fire regulations for data cabling. This means that new fit outs will have to specify the physical IT infrastructure correctly. In technical terms, CPR is a regulation issued by the European Union with the purpose of regulating the limits of fire resistance and dangerous substances in the materials used in construction.

So 2017 looks set to be a busy year – one in which we will continue to set the foundations of the next generation networks in support of the workforce of tomorrow."

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Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:10:53 +0000 GMT

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