Issues likely to dominate 2004 next-gen networking space

The 2004 networking space is to be dominated by wireless, pay-as-you-grow and dense server blade technology installations as well as voice and video over IP, reports NewsFactor.

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By  Anna Karhammar Published  January 11, 2004

NewsFactor networks reports that the 2004 networking space is likely to be dominated by wireless, pay-as-you-grow and dense server blade technology installations as well as voice and video over IP. The main move within the wireless sphere is said to be placing wireless technologies behind the corporate firewall. Tim Dunn, chief technology officer for Intel Communications Group, believes that the introduction of wireless behind the corporate firewall could even enhance network security. The company’s own decision to do so was actually the result of employees installing their own non-standard gear and access points on an ad hoc basis. Dunn similarly told NewsFactor that the only way to deal with virus is to deploy a patch, which can take several days if done over a wired network. Wireless technology, on the other hand, allows IT departments instantaneous access to a high percentage of their installed user base. Intel’s adoption of its own Wi-Fi certified Centrino mobile-chip technology on laptops and PDAs mean the company's IT department do not have to deal with a patchwork of wireless card add-ons, for example. Another area NewsFactor touts as a big issue for 2004 is integrating IP and video on the corporate network, while mentioning that most networks are not configured correctly to run both IP and video, potentially leading to bottlenecks. Says Avaya’s convergence strategist, Lawrence Byrd: “Up to 96 percent of the problems that networks encounter today can be fixed remotely,” while advising IT managers to carry out network performance analysis — easily done through the use of a global assessment service — before adding new technologies onto their networks. Other network issues likely to dominate headlines in 2004 is the issue of scalable servers, which allow companies to add more capacity as needed. IBM's director of eServer xSeries products Doug Oathout told NewsFactor: "The technology is hot, because it grows from being a 4-way server all the way to a 32-way server. Companies buy the right technology up front and then add to it as their needs grow." Along similar veins is the rising popularity of dense server blades, largely because of the high level of integration offered by the technology. "Blade servers take up a lot less space, and they are easy to deploy and set up to create a very flexible infrastructure without having all those cables to deal with," says IBM's eServer Blade Center vice president Jeff Benck on NewsFactor. "This makes for a much simpler environment in the data center, while also reducing costs previously associated with acquisition and ownership."

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