As with most organisations, the mobility boom has probably hit your business in a big way. All around you, people are using their smartphones, tablets, or laptops for work-related activities such as checking email, using collaboration tools, chatting to colleagues, and a host of other things that keep them connected. And most – if not all – these devices are accessing your network wirelessly.
The question is, how well is your network able to accommodate this new demand?
This year’s Network Barometer Report shows that, despite the general tendency to sweat assets for longer, some technology refresh is occurring to address current architectural trends. Enterprise mobility, in particular, requires pervasive wireless connectivity which, in turn, requires at least three basic features in the access network: power-over-Ethernet, gigabit Ethernet on the client side, and 10-gigabit uplinks.
This year’s Report found that:
- 51% of all ports support power-over-Ethernet, roughly the same as in 2013.
- 45% of access switch ports support gigabit Ethernet, up from 33% in 2013.
- 23% of access switches support 10-gigabit uplinks, up from 11% in 2013.
We see this slight improvement as a reaction to the increased number of mobile devices used in the workplace, rather than the result of a planned and proactive strategy to prepare for enterprise mobility and cloud.
Read this year’s Network Barometer Report for some advice about what such a strategy might entail.