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Congratulations to Lisa Morrison of ConvergeOne for winning the IoT Pioneer Award for helping a Large School District simplify infrastructure requirements and modernize to IP communication. Lisa Morrison changed the conversation around traditional LAN design philosophies to improve the outcome of the customer’s digital transformation. Using new Modern LAN design principles and NVT Phybridge long reach PoE innovations, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, Lisa Morrison helped the School District:

  • Leverage the existing voice infrastructure to support new IP phones across 300 locations
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by more than $4 million dollars
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by 80%
  • Create a secure and robust local area network
  • Prevent over 42 tons of e-waste

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome For You and Your Customers

Rethink traditional LAN design philosophies with Frost & Sullivan’s new Modern LAN principles to increase and accelerate revenue recognition, collapse sales/deployment cycles, and eliminate infrastructure barriers as your customers modernize to IP.

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Congratulations to Octavio Villa of Panaseg for winning the IoT Pioneer Award for helping a Large Sports and Recreation Center simplify infrastructure requirements and modernize to IP surveillance. Octavio Villa changed the conversation around traditional LAN design philosophies to improve the outcome of the customer’s digital transformation. Using new Modern LAN design principles and NVT Phybridge long reach PoE innovations, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, Octavio Villa helped the Recreation Center leverage their existing physical infrastructure to:

  • Deploy 250 new IP cameras throughout the recreation center
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by 3 months
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by 50%
  • Eliminate the need to install multiple IDF closets
  • Avoid installing 7,500 pounds of new cable

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Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome For You and Your Customers

Rethink traditional LAN design philosophies with Frost & Sullivan’s new Modern LAN principles to increase and accelerate revenue recognition, collapse sales/deployment cycles, and eliminate infrastructure barriers as your customers modernize to IP.

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By Elka Popova, Vice President and Senior Fellow, Connected Work and Digital Experience @ Frost & Sullivan

If you have been following along on this guest blog series about Frost & Sullivan’s Modern LAN principles, I hope you’ve come to some of the same conclusions that my colleagues and I have reached: Today’s local area network is a vastly different environment than the PC-centric one of only a couple of years ago. A different environment requires not only a new way of thinking about network design but also a new toolbox of solutions to support an increasingly diverse set of network endpoints.

Each of the previous blog posts laid the groundwork for the need for a new set of best practices—what we call the Modern LAN principles. Modern LAN design recognizes the greater role that IoT is playing in both our businesses and our networks (Build the network around the devices you’re really using), as well as a reminder that all the work we do today should be done in a responsible and sustainable manner (Reduce, Reuse, Refocus Applies to the Network Too). In addition, Modern LAN principles break down some of the conventional wisdom when it comes to dealing with the new normal of connecting endpoints (The New Normal for Modern LANs), as well as a bit of a return to an older way of thinking about physical networks, suggesting that physically separate but functionally integrated IP network paths is the best approach to more efficiently manage the local area network, as well as a clever approach to dealing with ongoing and unanticipated cybersecurity threats (Why Segregating the Network Just Makes Sense).

As I helped develop the Modern LAN principles with my Frost & Sullivan colleagues, I have become convinced of two things. First, I believe that network administrators and solution architects will benefit by applying even one of these design principles in their own local area networks. Case in point: Just by leveraging the Modern LAN principle around environmental sustainability, the IT department can start to move from being the biggest producer of e-waste in the organization to a champion of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Secondly, and most importantly, I firmly believe that the benefits of Modern LAN design actually multiply when they are applied together. Starting with an outside-in approach, administrators can begin to right-size the network to match the requirements of deployed endpoints. From there, clear opportunities to reuse existing cabling infrastructure begin to emerge, as well as the ability to start conversations about dividing these devices into physically separated but logically integrated networks. At the same time, outside-in efforts will shed needed light on what used to be considered network exceptions, bringing these increasingly common issues well into the fold of network design.

Together, the Modern LAN principles offer what network administrators need most: a highly flexible, cyber secure and agile local area network design. By prescribing to the Modern LAN principles, network architects and administrators can build networks that are environmentally conscious and better prepared for the rapidly-approaching connected future, all while putting money back in the IT budget for other projects.

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Sports Center Changes the Conversation; Leverages Existing Infrastructure to Improve Their IP Modernization Outcomes

A Sports and Recreation Center in Mexico was relying on an outdated security system that could no longer provide the required capabilities. The organization decided to deploy a new Axis IP solution to provide the safest facility for healthy recreation. The center is a place where sports and culture come together to contribute to the physical, intellectual and social development of the community. The organization promotes honesty, diversity, and participation; ensuring everyone can contribute to creating a better world.

One of the organization’s core values is to continuously improve service quality and member experience. However, while planning their IP upgrade, the organization became concerned with establishing the necessary infrastructure to effectively and securely support the new Axis IP surveillance system. The large Sports and Recreation Center is comprised of several indoor and outdoor facilities; including soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball courts, gymnasiums, and multi-purpose rooms. The size and diversity of the facility left the organization concerned with:

  • Extremely high costs to establish new infrastructure in each building – and connect the infrastructure in each building with new fiber-optic cabling
  • Long deployment times to establish the necessary infrastructure and implement the new Axis IP solution
  • Disruption to members and network downtime caused by the network overhaul

Change the Conversation; Improve Your Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, reseller partner, Panaseg, was confident in recommending Modern LAN design and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge FLEX solution. The customer had used NVT Phybridge products in the past with great success and was confident in the solution. Modern LAN principle #3 suggests leveraging new PoE innovations to simplify the modernization to IP and improve return on investment. The customer was satisfied and excited to use the FLEX switch to leverage their existing infrastructure to simplify the deployment.

After a few simple setup steps, the award-winning FLEX switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the customer’s existing multi-pair infrastructure into a robust and reliable PoE backbone for the new IP communication system. The long-reach capabilities ensured that the organization could support the new Axis IP cameras with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach – 6 times farther than standard PoE switches. By eliminating the rip-and-replace requirement, the Sports Center reduced project costs and disruption while eliminating risk, network complexity, and cybersecurity concerns.

“I highly recommend the FLEX solution from NVT Phybridge”, said Octavio Villa, Sales Director at Panaseg. “NVT Phybridge helps us bring great value to our customers with long reach PoE solutions that can leverage existing infrastructure to support IP. Product quality is great, and the support team is knowledgeable and helpful”.

A Better Return on Investment

The Sports and Recreation Center took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The customer changed the conversation around LAN design to improve their outcome; leveraging Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to:

  • Deploy 250 new Axis IP cameras across the recreation center
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by more than 3 months
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by 50%
  • Avoid installing 7,500 pounds of cable
  • Eliminate the need to install multiple IDF closets
  • Simplify PoE network requirements

Additionally, Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations help our partners:

  • Accelerate and increase revenue recognition
  • Collapse sales and deployment cycles
  • Improve their margin
  • Differentiate their market offering with thought leadership and innovation
  • Deliver a great user experience

Environmental Stewardship

This successful project was recognized by IoTG, an association of businesses that support and recognize responsible digital transformations. Using an innovative analytic tool to measure environmental responsibility, the Sports and Recreation Center received the highest rating, 5 stars, for their exceptional transformation.

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Sports and Recreation Center Changes the Conversation to Simplify Modernization; Significantly Improving Their Outcomes

A Sports and Recreation Center in Mexico was relying on an outdated security system that could no longer provide the required capabilities. The organization decided to deploy a new IP solution to provide the safest facility for healthy recreation. The center is a place where sports and culture come together to contribute to the physical, intellectual and social development of the community. The organization promotes honesty, diversity, and participation; ensuring everyone can contribute to creating a better world.

One of the organization’s core values is to continuously improve service quality and member experience. However, while planning their IP upgrade, the organization became concerned with establishing the necessary infrastructure to effectively and securely support the new IP surveillance system. The large Sports and Recreation Center is comprised of several indoor and outdoor facilities; including soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball courts, gymnasiums, and multi-purpose rooms. The size and diversity of the facility left the organization concerned with:

  • Extremely high costs to establish new infrastructure in each building – and connect the infrastructure in each building with new fiber-optic cabling
  • Long deployment times to establish the necessary infrastructure and implement the new IP solution
  • Disruption to members and network downtime caused by the network overhaul

Change the Conversation; Improve Your Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, reseller partner, Panaseg, was confident in recommending Modern LAN design and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge FLEX solution. The customer had used NVT Phybridge products in the past with great success and was confident in the solution. Modern LAN principle #3 suggests leveraging new PoE innovations to simplify the modernization to IP and improve return on investment. The customer was satisfied and excited to use the FLEX switch to leverage their existing infrastructure to simplify the deployment.

After a few simple setup steps, the award-winning FLEX switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, transformed the customer’s existing multi-pair infrastructure into a robust and reliable PoE backbone for the new IP surveillance system. The long-reach capabilities ensured that the organization could support the new IP cameras with up to 2,000ft (610m) reach – 6 times farther than standard PoE switches. By eliminating the rip-and-replace requirement, the Sports Center reduced project costs and disruption while eliminating risk, network complexity, and cybersecurity concerns.

“I highly recommend the FLEX solution from NVT Phybridge”, said Octavio Villa, Sales Director at Panaseg. “NVT Phybridge helps us bring great value to our customers with long reach PoE solutions that can leverage existing infrastructure to support IP. Product quality is great, and the support team is knowledgeable and helpful”.

 

A Better Return on Investment

The Sports and Recreation Center took a pro-active approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in financially and socially responsible manner. The customer changed the conversation around LAN design to improve their outcome; leveraging Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to:

  • Deploy 250 new IP cameras across the recreation center
  • Reduce the overall deployment time by more than 3 months
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by 50%
  • Avoid installing 7,500 pounds of cable
  • Eliminate the need to install multiple IDF closets
  • Simplify PoE network requirements

Environmental Stewardship

This successful project was recognized by IoTG, an association of businesses that support and recognize responsible digital transformations. Using an innovative analytic tool to measure environmental responsibility, the Sports and Recreation Center received the highest rating, 5 stars, for their exceptional transformation.

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Juniper Communities is an assisted living network dedicated to fostering active bodies, engaged minds and fulfilled spirits for their residents. However, communication was hard work for staff as the organization was relying on an outdated and unreliable PBX phone system. To continue providing industry-leading services, the organization decided it was time to modernize to a new Polycom IP communication solution.

Environmental Stewardship

Juniper Communities understands the importance of preserving our natural environment. Their Green Canopy program promotes healthier living for residents, staff and the community through various environmentally-conscious events and initiatives. Through the Green Canopy program, the organization has helped plant trees in the local community, organized fundraising events to restore fresh waterways in Florida’s coastal region, and care for gardens of flowers and vegetables every spring. Additionally, the Chatham location was one of the first retirement communities to embrace the green building movement; using LEED standards to design the building.

As Juniper Communities planned their modernization to IP, network infrastructure became a key challenge. Traditional network design philosophy would involve ripping-and-replacing the existing voice infrastructure with new Ethernet. Along with the extremely negative environmental impacts, the organization was concerned with the long deployment times and the disruption to their residents that this would cause. Juniper Communities required an innovative solution to overcome their challenges.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, Telecom Express was confident in recommending Modern LAN design – and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® solution. The PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, enables Modern LAN principles and allows organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure, eliminating the disruptive, time consuming and costly rip-and-replace requirement. Juniper Communities was impressed and decided to test the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed their existing and proven voice network into a secure and robust PoE backbone for their new Polycom IP phones. The PoLRE switch extends PoE up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – which ensured the customer could easily connect the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. Juniper Communities was able to responsibly modernize to IP, as they were able to:

  • Prevent over 650 lbs of wiring from ending up in a landfill
  • Eliminate IDF closet requirements; reducing ongoing energy consumption
  • Maintain a physically separate point-to-point network topology for voice to enhance network security
  • Simplify their modernization to IP and eliminate disruption to staff and residents

“Our existing telecom system was aging, unreliable and becoming a huge liability”, said Don Breneman, Vice President of Risk Management and Business Operations at Juniper Communities. “As we planned the upgrade to IP, saving money while providing a high level of reliability and system management was important to our team. Luckily for us, Mark Janifer from Telecom Express introduced me to the perfect innovation from NVT Phybridge. I would highly recommend the PoLRE solution to any organization upgrading their communication system to IP.”

A Better Return on Investment

Juniper Communities took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization was able to satisfy all the necessary infrastructure requirements without compromise, thanks to the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the solution. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, Juniper Communities was able to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by over $100,000; significantly improving the project’s return on investment
  • Accelerate the project’s timeline and eliminate operational disruption to staff and residents
  • Reduce the project’s impact on the environment; preventing over 650 lbs of e-waste from entering a landfill
  • Build a secure and robust PoE platform for their new Polycom IP solution
  • Find a no-compromise solution that satisfied all the customer’s requirements

Has your organization struggled to modernize to IP?

It’s time to change the conversation and apply Modern LAN principles to improve your outcome. NVT Phybridge is partnered with the top IoT manufacturers and resellers to help more customers replicate the success of this project.

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Juniper Communities is an assisted living network dedicated to fostering active bodies, engaged minds and fulfilled spirits for their residents. However, communication was hard work for staff as the organization was relying on an outdated and unreliable PBX phone system. To continue providing industry-leading services, the organization decided it was time to modernize to a new IP communication solution.

Environmental Stewardship

Juniper Communities understands the importance of preserving our natural environment. Their Green Canopy program promotes healthier living for residents, staff and the community through various environmentally-conscious events and initiatives. Through the Green Canopy program, the organization has helped plant trees in the local community, organized fundraising events to restore fresh waterways in Florida’s coastal region, and care for gardens of flowers and vegetables every spring. Additionally, the Chatham location was one of the first retirement communities to embrace the green building movement; using LEED standards to design the building.

As Juniper Communities planned their modernization to IP, network infrastructure became a key challenge. Traditional network design philosophy would involve ripping-and-replacing the existing voice infrastructure with new Ethernet. Along with the extremely negative environmental impacts, the organization was concerned with the long deployment times and the disruption to their residents that this would cause. Juniper Communities required an innovative solution to overcome their challenges.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, Telecom Express was confident in recommending Modern LAN design – and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® solution. The PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, enables Modern LAN principles and allows organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure, eliminating the disruptive, time consuming and costly rip-and-replace requirement. Juniper Communities was impressed and decided to test the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed their existing and proven voice network into a secure and robust PoE backbone for their new Polycom IP phones. The PoLRE switch extends PoE up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – which ensured the customer could easily connect the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. Juniper Communities was able to responsibly modernize to IP, as they were able to:

  • Prevent over 650 lbs of wiring from ending up in a landfill
  • Eliminate IDF closet requirements; reducing ongoing energy consumption
  • Maintain a physically separate point-to-point network topology for voice to enhance network security
  • Simplify their modernization to IP and eliminate disruption to staff and residents

“Our existing telecom system was aging, unreliable and becoming a huge liability”, said Don Breneman, Vice President of Risk Management and Business Operations at Juniper Communities. “As we planned the upgrade to IP, saving money while providing a high level of reliability and system management was important to our team. Luckily for us, Mark Janifer from Telecom Express introduced me to the perfect innovation from NVT Phybridge. I would highly recommend the PoLRE solution to any organization upgrading their communication system to IP.”

A Better Outcome for Juniper Communities and Telecom Express

Juniper Communities took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization was able to satisfy all the necessary infrastructure requirements without compromise, thanks to the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the solution. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative switch technology, Juniper Communities was able to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by over $100,000; significantly improving the project’s return on investment
  • Accelerate the project’s timeline and eliminate operational disruption to staff and residents
  • Reduce the project’s impact on the environment; preventing over 650 lbs of e-waste from entering a landfill
  • Build a secure and robust PoE platform for their new Polycom IP solution
  • Find a no-compromise solution that satisfied all the customer’s requirements

Additionally, Telecom Express used Modern LAN principles and NVT Phybridge PoE innovations to:

  • Accelerate revenue recognition
  • Collapse sales and deployment cycles
  • Improve their margin
  • Differentiate their market offering with thought leadership and innovation
  • Deliver a great user experience

Has your organization struggled to modernize to IP?

It’s time to change the conversation and apply Modern LAN principles to improve your outcome. NVT Phybridge has partnered with Telecom Express to help more customers replicate the success of this project. Learn more about Telecom Express.

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Assisted Living Center Changes the Conversation with Modern LAN Principles to Improve Their Outcome

Juniper Communities is an assisted living network dedicated to fostering active bodies, engaged minds and fulfilled spirits for their residents. However, communication was hard work for staff as the organization was relying on an outdated and unreliable PBX phone system. To continue providing industry-leading services, the organization decided it was time to modernize to a new IP communication solution.

Environmental Stewardship

Juniper Communities understands the importance of preserving our natural environment. Their Green Canopy program promotes healthier living for residents, staff and the community through various environmentally-conscious events and initiatives. Through the Green Canopy program, the organization has helped plant trees in the local community, organized fundraising events to restore fresh waterways in Florida’s coastal region, and care for gardens of flowers and vegetables every spring. Additionally, the Chatham location was one of the first retirement communities to embrace the green building movement; using LEED standards to design the facility.

As Juniper Communities planned their modernization to IP, network infrastructure became a key challenge. Traditional network design philosophy would involve ripping-and-replacing the existing voice infrastructure with new Ethernet. Along with the extremely negative environmental impacts, the organization was concerned with the long deployment times and the disruption to their residents that this would cause. Juniper Communities required an innovative solution to overcome their challenges.

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

Given the customer’s needs, the reseller partner was confident in recommending Modern LAN design – and introduced the customer to the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® solution. The PoLRE switch, with SmartPathPoE™ technology, enables Modern LAN principles and allows organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure, eliminating the disruptive, time consuming and costly rip-and-replace requirement. Juniper Communities was impressed and decided to test the solution in their environment. After a few simple setup steps, the PoLRE switch transformed their existing and proven voice network into a secure and robust PoE backbone for their new IP phones. The PoLRE switch extends PoE up to 1,200ft (365m) – 4 times farther than standard PoE switches – ensuring the customer could easily connect the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. Juniper Communities was able to responsibly modernize to IP, as they were able to:

  • Prevent over 650 lbs of wiring from ending up in a landfill
  • Eliminate IDF closet requirements; reducing ongoing energy consumption
  • Maintain a physically separate point-to-point network topology for voice to enhance network security
  • Simplify their modernization to IP and eliminate disruption to staff and residents

“Our existing telecom system was aging, unreliable and becoming a huge liability”, said Don Breneman, Vice President of Risk Management and Business Operations at Juniper Communities. “As we planned the upgrade to IP, saving money while providing a high level of reliability and system management was important to our team. Luckily for us, we discovered the perfect innovation from NVT Phybridge. I would highly recommend the PoLRE solution to any organization upgrading their communication system to IP.”

A Better Return on Investment

Juniper Communities took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner. The organization was able to satisfy all the necessary infrastructure requirements without compromise, thanks to the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the solution. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative technology, Juniper Communities was able to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by over $100,000; significantly improving the project’s return on investment
  • Accelerate the project’s timeline and eliminate operational disruption to staff and residents
  • Reduce the project’s impact on the environment; preventing over 650 lbs of e-waste from entering a landfill
  • Build a secure and robust PoE platform for their new IP communication solution
  • Find a no-compromise solution that satisfied all the customer’s requirements

Has Your Organization Struggled to Modernize to IP?

It’s time to change the conversation and apply Modern LAN principles to improve your outcome. NVT Phybridge is partnered with the top IoT manufacturers and resellers to help more customers replicate the success of this project. Visit https://www.nvtphybridge.com/ to learn how we can help you achieve a successful modernization to IP.

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By Roopashree Honnachari, Industry Director for Business Communication Services & Cloud Computing at Frost & Sullivan

In our ongoing research here are Frost & Sullivan, we tend to think about Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) in terms of watershed moments: The two standards came together to replace the disparate networks businesses once relied on to enable communications and data transfer. Before Ethernet and IP, the communications network (phones connected to a central call control unit or PBX), the security network (cameras and access control connected to a dedicated system) and the data network were delivered over their own dedicated infrastructure and cabling. Ethernet and IP offered the promise of a single network on which all systems can interoperate, while also delivering the economies of scale that come with a shared infrastructure.

Unfortunately, several unintended consequences have taken some of the shine off the idea of an integrated network. Rather than serving as a beacon of interoperability, today’s business networks can quickly add to the workload and stress of network administrators. Each of the once-discrete networks comes with its own unique set of requirements, which are often at odds with one another. In dealing with conflicts, many admins find themselves tweaking and readjusting network settings or creating a complex set of virtual LAN (vLAN) policies. As the name suggests, the vLAN approach divides the physical network into a series of logical ones; it’s an administrator-intensive effort, devices often land in the wrong place, slowing performance, as well as increasing costs and network complexity.

In addition, ongoing cyber threats to the entire network remain, meaning that rogue apps, malware or denial of service attacks have the potential to take down not only PCs and business applications but also critical security and communications devices. Likewise, with more and more IoT endpoints connected to the network, new attack vectors are available to hackers to disrupt all of a business’ connected devices.

As Frost & Sullivan analysts across several research practices came together to develop a new set of best practices for local area networks, we factored both ongoing security threats as well as network simplification into what we call the “Modern LAN principles.” To address both the opportunity and challenges of network convergence, we included this recommendation:

When possible, construct physically separate but functionally integrated IP network paths for different and dedicated applications, ensuring mission-critical platforms are not impacted by disruptions or intrusions of the primary business network. By doing so, organizations have the option to create separate networks or connect them on site or in the cloud with a single cable.

So, what does a “physically separate but functionally integrated” network look like? In the diagram below, you will notice that the IP camera and IPTV in the upper right corner are physically separated from the PC network in the center and the IoT sensors on the left. This has two advantages. First, management of the throughput, power and configuration needs of the camera can be managed separately from the PC network, largely eliminating the need for vLAN configurations. Second, in the event of a cyber attack on the IoT or PC network, the security network is protected by its own firewall. And if a rapid response is needed, it can be unplugged from the rest of the network and operated independently. The PC and IoT networks can also operate in an independent but integrated fashion as needed.

“Physically separate but functionally integrated” is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”, available at https://go.frost.com/Lan

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A large School District in the Northeastern United States was relying on a legacy TDM-based phone system. The School District supports over 200,000 students with more than 18,000 staff members across more than 300 primary, elementary and high schools. The aging communication system was being used in every location and was becoming increasingly costly and difficult to manage. The School District decided it was time to improve their capabilities while lowering operational costs, turning to ConvergeOne to help them modernize to IP phones.

Many challenges were uncovered during an assessment of the customer’s environment. The legacy phone system was supported with a CAT3 infrastructure and the customer was extremely concerned with the potential for high costs, long deployment times, and the environmental impact of ripping-and-replacing the existing infrastructure to support the new IP platform. In addition, many schools were operating in older buildings. This would further complicate the upgrade process as the School District would need to obtain permits to make any changes to these buildings. Assuming permits were granted, strict modification guidelines for construction work would result in significantly higher labor costs and extended timelines.

The customer was also challenged with long reach requirements to provide Power over Ethernet (PoE) connections to the new IP phones exactly where they were needed. The School District did not have the required space or budget to install IDF closets to extend connectivity to all areas of the buildings. Reducing deployment time was also extremely important to the customer, as they wanted to ensure minimal disruption to classroom learning and extra-curricular activities.

Modern LAN Innovation

Due to the restrictive nature of the upgrade, ConvergeOne was confident in recommending Modern LAN design principles and the NVT Phybridge PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) solution to the customer. The PoLRE switch, with patented SmartPathPoE™ technology, transforms existing point-to-point voice infrastructures into robust and secure power-packed IP platforms; capable of supporting IP phones up to 1,200ft (365m) away – that’s 4Xs the reach of standard PoE switches. The customer immediately recognized the value of the solution. However, given the complexity, risk, costs, and disruption associated with ripping-and-replacing the existing infrastructure, the School District was skeptical that PoLRE would work in their environment. ConvergeOne assisted the customer in organizing a no-obligation proof of concept to test the solution.

The customer tested the PoLRE solution in several of their buildings with great success; the customer was astonished at the simplicity of installation and the robustness of the solution. Thanks to the ConvergeOne team, the School District found the modernization path that best fit their needs; leveraging Modern LAN principles 2, 3, and 4 to achieve incredible results.

Principle #2: Create a secure and robust local area network – ConvergeOne helped the customer establish a secure and robust PoE backbone for their new communication platform using their existing and reliable voice infrastructure. PoLRE’s patented SmartPathPoE™ technology allowed the customer to maintain a separate and secure point-to-point IP network for voice, ensuring zero disruption to the core network and enhancing cybersecurity.

Principle #3: Use new long-reach PoE innovations to maximize ROI – by leveraging the existing CAT3 voice infrastructure, the PoLRE solution allowed the customer to reduce infrastructure costs by over $3 million and accelerate the deployment time by over 80%.

Principle #4: Modernize to IP using IoTG environmentally responsible framework – The existing and reliable wiring across all locations was reused and transformed to support the new IP communication system; significantly reducing the project’s e-waste. The solution will prevent approximately 8.4 million feet of cable from entering a landfill, equivalent to 85,000 pounds or 42 US tons. The long reach capabilities will also eliminate the need to install new intermediate wiring closets, reduce resource requirements and reduce ongoing energy consumption. IoTG (Internet of Things to the Power of Green) is an association of businesses that measures and recognizes environmentally responsible IP modernizations. The School District received the highest rating, 5-stars, for their exceptional transformation.

ConvergeOne used Modern LAN design principles to achieve the customer’s IP objectives; helping the School District establish a secure and robust IP backbone for their enhanced communication solution. The School District now plans to quickly and easily deploy over 10,000 new IP phones across all locations thanks to the PoLRE’s repeatable, predictable and scalable deployment methodology.

A Better Return on Investment

ConvergeOne took a proactive approach to find new and better ways to support their customer’s IP modernization objectives in a financially and socially responsible manner; creating better outcomes for them and their customer. The School District was able to satisfy all the necessary infrastructure requirements without compromise, thanks to the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the solution. By applying Modern LAN principles and leveraging innovative technology, ConvergeOne helped the customer:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by over $3 million and reallocate the savings to more IP applications; improving the customer’s ROI
  • Eliminate financial and technical risk while avoiding disruption to staff and students
  • Reduce the project’s impact on the environment; avoiding over 42 tons of e-waste
  • Accelerate the deployment by over 80%
  • Build a secure and robust PoE platform for the enhanced IP communications solution
  • Find a no-compromise solution that satisfied all the customer’s requirements

Change the Conversation; Improve the Outcome

ConvergeOne and NVT Phybridge have partnered to help more customers replicate the success of this project. NVT Phybridge is committed to helping organizations accelerate their IP modernization, reduce infrastructure costs and eliminate risk and complexity; resulting in a better ROI for ConvergeOne customers. Ask your ConvergeOne representative about the program and the many benefits available to support your successful IP modernization project.

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