Is your network ready for the future?

In just a few short years, the connected world will experience explosive growth in bandwidth demand, an evolution in wireless technology, and a threefold increase in the amount of power transmitted through IP networks. Is your infrastructure designed and built with advanced technology that will hold up to these future demands?

 

BY THE YEAR 2019...

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So, is your network ready for the future?

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BANDWIDTH EXPLOSION

By 2019, global IP traffic will pass two Zettabytes or 168 Exabytes per month. To provide a point of reference, one Zettabyte is equivalent to the amount of data that has traversed the internet since its creation. The application that will drive the most bandwidth over the next five years is IP video. More and more of this IP traffic will be sent over wireless networks.

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MORE POWER OVER ETHERNET

Power over Ethernet (PoE) was first adopted in 2003 with the original 802.3af standard, providing up to 15W of DC power with 12.95W minimum available to the powered device. The ability to power IP devices, primarily VoIP phones at that time, proved to be very cost effective for customers. As years went by and advanced VoIP phones began to require more power, the IEEE ratified 802.3at in 2009, allowing up to 30W of DC power with 25.5W of power available to the powered device. This accommodated VoIP phones with larger full-color displays, as well as some of the early IP security cameras and other IP devices.

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EVOLUTION OF WIRELESS DEVICES

Advancement in wireless technology is being driven not only by the sheer number of wireless IP devices being used, but also by the amount of content being generated and transmitted by each device. Today, anyone with a mobile smart device can take pictures or record high-definition video content and transmit bandwidth-intensive files to any number of contacts.

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Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, May 2015

PRODUCT ENHANCEMENTS

Berk-Tek's Enhanced Everything IP platform features several new product improvements including:

  • High maximum temperature ratings
  • New recommendations for bundle sizes using 100W PoE
  • New environmental certifications

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Converged Application Score

A cable’s Converged Application (CA) Score is an indicator of how well IP traffic is protected and how much heat rise there is when the cable undergoes PoE testing. The score is represented by a numeric value between 1 and 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.

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Note: Before CA Score testing was performed, all channels were tested with Fluke and passed with margin.

What does the CA Score tell you? A performance rating of “Unacceptable” (less than 3.6) means that there were consistent noticeable flaws (dropped frames, media loss, etc) in the applications tested. As you move towards higher scores, you would notice fewer flaws. PoE testing is also an important factor; cables that experienced less temperature rise achieve higher CA Scores.

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