Sunday, November 30, 2008

Campus Communication Fabric Architecture


Architectures are more important than Network Designs. The network is more than a platform for transporting packet of information. Same as constructing a building with an architectural plan, IT infrastructures should be developed with an architectural framework in mind in order to prevent it from collapsing and allowing scalability. The goal is always to prevent the IT platform from having fires and produce costly revenue losses.

A Campus Communications Fabric framework can help a business solve complex planning issues, provide support for rich-media applications, enable consistent services and policies, and take advantage of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) foundation, among other things. What that means is that the network will be scalable to any level, will recover itself from failures, and will become a revenue generating and cost reducing instrument without major hassles, specifically for media transport purposes in the Campus. i.e. Using high-definition TelePresence video as meeting medium.

There are six attributes of the Campus Communications Fabric:

  1. Application Intelligence: Take control of applications and user experience
  2. Unified Network Services: Connect any person to any resource with any device
  3. Integrated Security: Secure every port with built-in protection for access, identity, and data
  4. Nonstop Communications: Stay connected with a resilient infrastructure that enables business continuity
  5. Virtualization: Simplify your network and maximize resource utilization
  6. Operational Manageability: Do more with less—deploy services faster and automate routine tasks

For more information on the value of an architectural framework, just visit Wikipedia, and search for the definition of Architecture: "the design of the total built environment, from the macro level of how a building integrates with its surrounding man made landscape". You can substitute the word "building" for "IT platform or Network", and "man made landscape" for "interrelated IT applications".

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