Is your company one of the thousands still relying on a Nortel CS1000 (CS1K) or another outdated analog phone system? Even as these systems become end-of-life, many organizations feel as though they cannot upgrade to the latest IP voice solution because the infrastructure requirements are too risky, complex, costly and disruptive to the business. However, new network design philosophies and Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch innovations are eliminating the traditional rip-and-replace requirement to simplify and accelerate the modernization to IP telephony and other applications; significantly reducing costs and improving return on investment.
The traditional approach to local area network (LAN) design was established when PC devices were the only endpoints being connected to the network. Today, organizations are expanding their LAN to not only support the core business, but also many supportive applications – including IP communication. Industry analysts at Frost & Sullivan recognized this trend and developed the Modern LAN Principles as an enhancement on traditional network design to effectively support IP and the Internet of Things (IoT). Together, Modern LAN design and NVT Phybridge innovations overcome these traditional infrastructure barriers.
Modern LAN Principles suggest viewing the network from an outside-in perspective. Instead of designing the network based on switch capabilities, Modern LAN design suggests first analyzing the requirements and purpose of the endpoint device and application. For example, IP phones require minimal bandwidth, can be powered using PoE switches, and are latency sensitive.
The NVT Phybridge PoLRE® (Power over Long Reach Ethernet) switch, with SmartPathPoE technology, enables Modern LAN design by transforming the existing voice network into a robust IP backbone for IP voice. By reusing the existing voice infrastructure that is point-to-point and physically separate from the core business network, organizations are creating a purpose-driven network specifically designed to support IP voice. The point-to-point topology ensures that packets from the real-time voice applications travel in order and on time, without contention or loss – providing best-in-class quality of service (QoS) and performance.
Maximize Return on Investment
Organizations are significantly improving return on investment as they leverage their existing voice infrastructure. These costs are reduced as no renovations or building modifications are required. Equipment costs are minimal as the cabling and equipment needed is reduced. Organizations can expect to reduce infrastructure costs by 50% – 80% which can be reallocated to ROI-driving devices and applications. Learn more >>
Simplify LAN Management
The PoLRE family of enterprise-grade PoE solutions extend data and power up to 1,200ft (365m) away from the application; that’s four times farther than standard Ethernet switches. The long reach capabilities often reduce/eliminate IDF closet requirements, further reducing project complexity and cost while creating a network infrastructure that is simple for IT teams to manage. Learn more >>
Cloud-to-Endpoint Made Simple
When organizations are planning to deploy a Cloud-based communication solution, they are often left with the responsibility of establishing the required local area network to support the system. These LAN readiness requirements are extremely high cost and often delay the project, sometimes indefinitely.
Instead of ripping out and replacing the existing and proven infrastructure, thousands of organizations are using Modern LAN design principles and NVT Phybridge PoLRE technology to establish a purpose-driven network for Cloud-based communication. The resulting network is physically separate and point-to-point; creating robust and cyber-secure pathways for each device. These smart pathways ensure optimal performance and reliability for any Cloud-based solution. Learn more >>
As IP communication and the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more prevalent, cyber-security has become a top concern. In the connected world of the Internet of Things, each “thing” on the network represents a possible entry point for malicious activity.
Leverage the existing voice infrastructure to create a physically separate network for voice with the option to securely converge on-premise or in the Cloud using a single wire. The long reach capabilities of the PoE technology eliminates the need to install additional IDF closets; further reducing the number of possible entry points for malicious activity.
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