October 10, 2012
Collaboration Under One Roof for Enterprise Solutions That Last
By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor
Enterprise solutions as a concept equates to the organization of every improvement in order to optimize your assets, efficiency and overall connectivity. Companies can benefit from a high-quality solution that kick starts those tangible improvements within the infrastructure. It all goes toward making a building more connected as everything inside has to be managed, housed and maintained.
A Panduit white paper
shows that the Connected Building needs this maintenance. It isn't a question of how many IT assets are needed, but how those can be put in place to make way for future growth. It's a collaborated event that has evolved from previous silos where individual departments were organized to isolate specific equipment for individual applications. Take that one silo concept and multiply it for each and every department throughout an entire building.
Fortunately, there's a better way to do this.
The Connected Building Data Center (CBDC) is a great approach to enterprise solutions
. It is able to leverage the most recent data center and its best practices to organize the previous generation's silos. It connects contrasting server systems, power, storage and cooling requirements into one universal process.
This allows for a more secure platform on its way to a variety of endpoint devices throughout the building. Some of these devices include: climate and access controls, digital signage, control valves and actuators, surveillance cameras, energy management and wireless communications.
Despite the long list of capabilities, the complete enterprise solution allows for convergence. The Connected Building's architecture offers an opportunity for improved ROI, lower installation costs and lower operational costs; all of which are based upon convergence, management and sustainability. Because this enterprise solution takes both logical networks and physical networks, a middle ware solution is incorporated to mandate policies and rules.
You can take advantage of the valued endpoints throughout the infrastructure instead of the multiple cable runs from telecommunication rooms and controllers. The elimination of such a redundant system not only reduces risks, but also minimizes costs. It can also create a unified enterprise solution through a universal management effort.
Enterprise solutions using the Connected Building concept also allows for a reduction in company resources. It can also open the doors to a more healthy environment and reduction in non-renewable resource consumption.
The bottom line is that it’s all about sustainability. Adapting enterprise solutions that take on all previous concepts, improves upon them and incorporates them into a current solution that will accommodate future growth is bound to be successful.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca