The term network refers to any interconnected group or system designed specifically for sharing information among them. The basic goal of network infrastructure was to provide connectivity and it acted as a bridge between a communications medium and the applications that are built upon this medium. Most of the IT industry is based on network infrastructure without which almost all communications in the world would come to an end.
The network infrastructure allowed the rapid development of many computer technologies related to connectivity and created a marketplace for new concepts. It is based on the standard reference model of the industry such as the four-layer Internet Protocol Suite model.
Network Infrastructure Design
A network infrastructure is designed considering various aspects like geographic scope, hardware technology to be used, functional relationships to be built, network topology required, and communications protocol used.
Components of the Network Infrastructure
Future Networks and IPv6 Infrastructure
Network infrastructure is changing. Future networks demand scalability, performance, reliability, security, and cost considerations in higher degrees. The telecom infrastructure used for decades is suddenly looking outdated and inefficient. IPv6 is the future inevitable protocol that offers increased address space, improved security, simplified configuration processes and inherent support features for mobile users.
Some of the standard requirements of single IP infrastructure are
- Multi service carrier core architecture
- Replacement of PSTN
- Qos sessions
- Mobility enabled intelligence
- Controlling of sessions
- Billing Mediations among operators
- Efficient Management
- Home Gateways/Networks
With convergence and IPv6 as buzzwords of tomorrow, most companies today are focusing on the growth of collaboration technology to put the all important voice, video and data on a single IP infrastructure.
Some of the benefits of single IP infrastructure are
- Provides compatibility with radio access technology
- Supports open API’s and different application platforms
- Offers corporate agility
- Tolerates a variety of protocols and provides complete flexibility
- Enhances productivity
- Supports re-usable component or capability
- Reduces costs for service providers
- Uses less bandwidth-expensive mechanisms
- Improves and enables quick and efficient services for varied consumers