Fiber to the Home Becoming a Basic Need

October 15, 2020

In its specialist magazine CONNECTIONS No. 59, R&M reports on demands now being made of broadband networks, partly because of remote working. In addition, the magazine also focuses on ‘Using synergies of FTTH and 5G infrastructures’.

BENGALURU, India/Wetzikon, Switzerland October 15, 2020 – R&M, When it comes to cabling, fiber optic connections are now standard. Fiber to the Home is becoming just as important as the energy and water supply. This is something R&M, the globally active developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland, quite clearly emphasizes in the latest issue of its specialist magazine CONNECTIONS.

Among other things, the magazine reports on the essential need for exhaustive fiber optic connectivity. And this need has certainly been confirmed in 2020. Millions of people suddenly had to start working from home as a result of the pandemic. They need stable, fast communication and Internet connections to their companies and clients. Telecommunication networks with conventional copper cabling and DSL Internet access have demonstrated their performance limits, even in large cities of international standing, as illustrated by R&M CMO Andreas Rüsseler.

The traditional architecture of the last mile to the subscriber has not yet been designed to cope with an era of mass teleworking,” says Andreas Rüsseler. While a reliable supply of energy and water has long been standard everywhere, the supply of broadband connectivity poses new challenges. There is a need for symmetric data transmission at minimum speeds of several hundred megabits per second. This can only be achieved with Fiber to the Home (FTTH).

In addition, the emerging 5G antenna network is also dependent on exhaustive fiber optic networks. In this context, R&M presents a possible solution in CONNECTIONS No. 59 involving the use of synergies of FTTH, Fiber to the Antenna (FTTA) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

A further focal point in the magazine is network technology for the healthcare sector. R&M shows how antimicrobial cabling and network connections in hospitals can contribute to patients’ protection. The magazine also reports on a significant technological change in the Australian audiovisual market. And Matthias Gerber, R&M Market Manger LAN Cabling, introduces the recently established Single Pair Ethernet System Alliance. R&M features several reference projects in which exceptional cabling solutions are in use, including the new head office of watchmaker Swatch, the innovative laboratory and medical technology manufacturers Hamilton, and the visionary Chau Chak Wing Museum of Culture in Sydney.

The magazine is sent out to international business partners and is available for download here:

About R&M

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) is a leading global producer of future-proof products and systems for communication and data networks. The company’s close collaboration with certified partners results in pioneering work in the sectors LAN, Public and Telecom Networks as well as Data Centers. The Swiss family company stands for innovation, quality, and customer orientation. Thanks to the innovative strength of the company, R&M now covers the entire connectivity range. Additional information:

Future Insights – The Emergence of the Zoom of Cybersecurity

October 15, 2020

  • Cloud deployment is a necessity. Digital transformation has happened-and where it hasn’t, it needs to.
  • Cybersecurity grows in importance at the board level, thus driving demand for security cloud platforms.
  • Behavioural analytics will help leaders make intelligent, risk-based decisions on the fly.

I always love looking towards the future, but in 2020 it seems that the future rushed right at us, startling us and shaking us all up. Now we’ve had a little time to adapt, we can regroup, reassess, and take steps forward again.

This is the status quo today: We have all moved to remote working. Cloud deployment is a necessity. Digital transformation has happened-and where it hasn’t, it needs to.

All of these macro factors has led me to the conclusion that cybersecurity is now a business differentiator, and it needs a category disruptor. Cybersecurity has become the enabling engine which permits businesses to accelerate their pivot to the cloud and take advantage of the speed, scale and resilience of digital transformation.

The understanding and position of cybersecurity within the boardroom has long been an area for debate, but now, our discipline has moved a step higher in the food chain, and our importance is elevated. So where does that leave us? What will happen in 2021 to the industry?

The Irresistible Force

When Gartner first introduced SASE as a concept in 2019, their first report indicated that the market would not be ready or moving to this model for between three and five years, and only 40 per cent of companies would have moved to the model by 2024. But a combination of existing market forces in shifting to the cloud, plus the new blueprint of remote working forced upon us, means we’re facing a faster defragmentation of the market and an emergence of the “security platform” as the tool of choice.

This puts us in a situation rather like the irresistible force paradox. When an immovable object, in this case, the way cybersecurity is perceived at board level, meets an unstoppable force, here digital transformation driven by both market change and the events of 2020, what happens? It’s my view that in fact the immovable object moves. Cybersecurity grows in importance at the board level, thus driving demand for security cloud platforms. Boards of Directors seek out differentiation and innovation for their businesses, speedy solutions, and cost savings: all of which will deliver pressure for security in the cloud, and thus a need for a cloud platform security solution.

These changing demands at the top will deliver metamorphosis within the cybersecurity industry. The need for a converged, digital, cloud-delivered platform means we’ll see the emergence of the “Zoom of Security.” As we all discovered this year, Zoom “just works.” It’s a high-tech system which is easily accessible for the everyday consumer, and this is what boards will demand of their cybersecurity platforms.

Any serious category disruptor must be more deeply integrated into the public cloud ecosystem. Currently, developers are using security as a tool, but having to shoehorn in applications and functions not necessarily designed as cloud-native. Security will move to the left for the developer, and will become easily deployable and fully integrated.

Security… by stealth?

This integration will result in security becoming so engrained in applications and platforms that people will no longer realise they are being “secured.” Cybersecurity products have long been tarred with the brush of being intrusive, conflicting with people’s ability to get the job done, thus constricting innovation. Even for cybersecurity practitioners, the security stack is too complex. It’s got to become more automated, delivering security as a service so that enterprises can get on with their core business: not their core business plus running a team of expert cybersecurity professionals.

Analysts agree: in fact, Forrester is predicting that Zero Trust architectures will grow 200% in 2021. Once we emerge out the other side of this shift, security will be a cloud commodity, and the combination of technology plus data will give IT leaders true visibility of how and where data is moving through an organization.

It is this visibility of data which is the game changer. It’s not about monitoring in terms of keeping tabs on people’s actions, or invading their privacy: it’s about giving data analysts and business leaders a clear line of sight over data and its movements. Behavioral analytics gives us the telemetry we need to make intelligent, risk-based decisions on the fly, without intruding on either people’s privacy or their workflows.

We will have some fun as we look forward to next year. In my view, this category disruptor is likely to emerge through vendor consolidation and/or market movements, so we should also expect some significant merger and acquisition activity within the cybersecurity sector in 2021.

This defragmentation of the market, and shift to cloud and converged platforms alongside vendor consolidation should mean that security gets easier for business leaders – and hopefully for the professionals on the frontline too. In 2021, cloud will become part of cybersecurity’s DNA in a way that it isn’t today.

Future Insights Takeaways:

  • Cybersecurity has become the enabling engine which permits businesses to accelerate their pivot to the cloud.
  • We’re facing a faster defragmentation of the market and an emergence of the security platform as the tool of choice.
  • The need for a converged, digital, cloud delivered platform means we’ll see the emergence of the “Zoom of Security” in 2021.
  • Security will become so engrained in applications and platforms that people will no longer realized they are being “secured.”
  • Visibility of data is the game changer: the combination of technology plus data will give IT leaders true visibility of how and where data moves through an organization.
  • In 2021, cloud will become part of cybersecurity’s DNA in a way that it isn’t today.

HCI Paves New Path for Data Center Growth and Business Transformation

October 15, 2020

‘Big data is at the foundation of all the megatrends that are happening’, in the current Covid-19 pandemic situation data centers and business transformation are the two most trending topics for any organization. The pandemic has in a way created a revolution in terms of operation due to a meteoric rise in the adoption of digital transformation among businesses. This has indirectly benefited the data centers as more organizations are opting for data centers instead of localized server rooms. Amidst the paradigm shift in the manner of business being conducted worldwide currently, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is helping these organizations in benefitting from the modernization of application deployment and cloud service delivery in data centers as well as individual organizations. According to a report, the HCI market is poised to grow by $32.45 bn during 2020-2024. Organizations had started letting go of the legacy infrastructure and embracing the scalable and virtual combination of their infrastructure, now the process is on fastrack since with the use of HCI. Organizations can overcome the meticulous approach in conducting businesses and the data centers can substitute the hardware components with virtual traditional design.

Companies are increasingly embracing HCI to address security, productivity and other concerns. At times like these, reduced expenditure and increased profits are what the companies look for and HCI helps them in achieving this goal. Traditional three-tier architecture is expensive to build, complex to operate and difficult to scale and adopting HCI will help in not losing control, increasing costs or compromising security. Array’s vAPV virtual application delivery controllers (ADC) and vxAG virtual secure access gateways (SSL VPN) are an ideal match for applications and other workloads running on hyperconverged infrastructures, providing integrated networking and security functions essential to delivering a quality user experience and realizing the full benefit of HCI in the enterprise data center.” said Shibu Paul, Vice President – International Sales at Array Networks.

Array’s application delivery controllers (ADC) can be hosted on the HCI infrastructure to provide application availability (load balancing) and secure access (SSL VPN) that will deliver end-to-end solutions for scaling and optimizing critical enterprise applications. On the other hand, it can also be deployed as stand-alone physical ADC and SSL VPN appliances validated to work in conjunction with HCI for use cases where a higher degree of scalability, performance and SSL offloading may be required. The use of the integrated virtual infrastructure eliminates the cost and time necessary for procuring hardware and they have also greatly reduced the labor required when setting up servers. Acquiring an integrated infrastructure also solves the problem of unifying server management standards. The scope of device control, the frequency of anti-virus software updates, the decision of whether to assign domains or workgroups for each project and other items that are different at each center will all be common. Anticipating the sudden surge in data transfers, data centers will need to consider upgrading to the latest, high-capacity network servers while following due diligence concerning data privacy and security.

HCI offers consumer-inspired user experience making management of virtual machines simple. The known reasons for HCI gaining popularity are simplified design, cloud integration, reduced footprint, faster disaster recovery and hyperconvergence analysis. On the other hand, next-generation HCI or HCI 2.0 has entered the market where it introduces the concept of disaggregated hardware where instead of integrating compute, network and storage resources at the node level, vendors offer storage modules that scale data capacity independently of other resources. HCI use cases will continue expanding as companies set a course to the software-defined data center, private and hybrid clouds and the edge. Breaking down silos and easing operations, HCI puts IT in a better position to support business objectives as the pace of innovation and change accelerates.

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