"With our massive population and hundreds of millions of these people migrating to Asia Pacific's urban centres, according to the UN (UNDP 2012), town planning and building construction become critical concerns. In particular the need for intelligent buildings that help manage space and energy efficiently become more important. Sensor networks, which can also be looked at as a sub set of the Internet of Things (IoT), will play a bigger role in ensuring access to real-time data that help Facility and Real Estate managers to measure space optimization and power usage. Making informed decisions based on real time building-use information will positively impact how we go about our day-to-day business.
Category 6A, or simply put, 10G connectivity over copper will definitely become more prevalent in the region as Enterprises here strive to implement a single common infrastructure that can support both in-building wireless systems and cellular network coverage within buildings in addition to supporting traditional voice, video and data applications. This is important for Asia Pacific, where relatively low internet penetration in large population countries like China, India and Indonesia plus the growing use of smart phones for business applications suggests that very large numbers of new smart phone subscribers will expect to connect to the Internet in any building that they work within or enter. For new building construction, investing in 10G copper solutions on day one rather than lower bandwidth solutions makes longer term commercial sense - why risk the business disruption associated with upgrading your physical infrastructure after a short period of time because your bandwidth needs has rapidly grown?
While the copper versus fiber infrastructure debate continues, the reality is that across Asia Pacific the physical layer will likely remain a combination of the two media types. Although there is no doubt that in certain types of facilities, like data centres, the fiber content will grow, driven by the very high bandwidth requirements. However, distance will tend to drive the choice between the different fiber types. For instance, the large area campuses being constructed in India and China dictate that multimode OM4 fiber solutions should be selected over OM3 fiber, as OM4 can carry the same bandwidth over a longer distance. Singlemode fiber deployment is limited because of the relatively high cost of the associated active components - however, as supply and demand factors kick in prices should reduce.
Increasing the modularity of their data centres will be the focus for many enterprises as they grapple with capex and opex considerations. A modular approach to datacenter build allows Enterprises to reduce their capex on day one but also allows additional energy efficient datacenter capacity to be added in a simple, easy to install way.
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