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Networks to cost 50% less in five years: report

BYOD migration expected to lead to shedding of physical hardware

Networks to cost 50% less in five years: report
Tecala: When comparing a wired network… to a wireless network of the same size, the reduction in physical hardware… makes the wireless network up to 50% less expensive.

Future networks will cost about half of what traditional networks cost today, according to a report released today by solutions provider Dimension Data.

The 2013 Network Barometer Report is the result of a survey that, according to Dimension Data, covers five years of information gathering from "over 1,200 organisations of all sizes from all industry sectors, and across all geographies".

According to the findings, infrastructure projects will require a smaller capital investment to roll out, and will be cheaper to operate because of progress in technologies for network management, unified access, power consumption and cooling.

Today, most campus networks are composed of around 80% wired ports serving individual users, and 20% WLAN ports supporting multiple users. However, Dimension Data drew attention to a growing swell of users across the globe pushing organisations to create "bring your own device"-ready environments, and usher in the enterprise mobility era that is expected to dramatically change the structure of networks.

says today's users want the freedom to move around as they please, and still be able to access the information and tools they need, seamlessly, from wherever they are, and using their own mobile devices.

"When comparing a traditional wired network deployment supporting 100 users to a wireless network of the same size, the reduction in physical hardware - LAN switches, discrete wireless LAN controller and cabling - makes the wireless network up to 50% less expensive," said Raoul Tecala,'s business development director, Network Integration, Dimension Data.

"In addition to the capital savings, the operation and management of this user environment is also reduced. In our opinion, these cost savings add to the well-documented benefits of a mobile workforce and will drive enterprise mobility adoption at an ever-increasing rate."

According to Tecala, the data in the 2013 Network Barometer Report indicates that organisations are not upgrading their networks for enterprise mobility and BYOD environments as aggressively as expected, but this is expected to change to accommodate the new structure of future networks.

"We advise clients to think, plan and budget more architecturally, rather than reactively, when refreshing networks," he said. "The pressure to provide a more flexible, wireless environment conducive to enterprise mobility and BYOD will only grow stronger in the future."

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