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Key Requirements for Building a Next-Generation Campus Network

The increased number of growing Wi-Fi 6 adoption and IoT devices today has led businesses to consider how they can expand their network connectivity with performance while maintaining their costs at the same time. As most connected devices require a solid network connection to function, organisations can opt for a campus network. A campus network is a network infrastructure made up of an interconnection of local devices and clients within one location, also can reach multiple sites in a geographical area.

Examples of campus network use cases include universities, hospitals, stadiums and even manufacturing plants and offices that use a number of connected devices and are also looking to provide network facilities to their employees and users.

Now enterprise networks continue to evolve as the upgrades in technology requires it to. Employees themselves are now mostly working on cloud-based infrastructures. The services that these networks support are central to the operation of every function of the organisation, which includes manufacturing data, stock control, accounting records, customer order management and even voice and video communication. All of these depend on the network.

The network has to be fast, flexible and secure to support these demands. It also has to be optimised for both performance and cost. Businesses need to rearchitect their network to meet the demands. This can be done by addressing the limitations of chassis solutions on traditional network architectures as they demand large power-hungry chassis-based devices in the aggregation and core layers of a campus network.

Also, for the campus network to work, switches are needed to help the process, forward and enforce policy among all the other network elements. This ranges from wired and wireless LANs to WAN routers that connect them to remote sites.

At the same time, with 5G deployment on the horizon, organisations would want to have the best infrastructure to support it. This includes having Wi-Fi 6, which is essential for 5G connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 is built to handle more devices and hungry bandwidth applications. However, when using a single Wi-Fi 6 client, it can overtax existing 1 GbEbackhaul links on a typical AP. Switches are needed to liberate the backhaul performing bottlenecks.

Businesses need to understand that it’s not just about having Wi-Fi 6 but also how to make the most out of it, especially in a campus network.

Here are the key requirements for businesses to consider when building a next-generation campus network:

  • Businesses need to identify how switching infrastructure aligns with the overall strategy around automation and SDN. Meaning, the focus should be to support modern network programmability and networking future sets based on how organisations are using the infrastructure.

  • Businesses also need to ensure that the switching infrastructure is coupled with a comprehensive controller that provides the necessary applications for key networking services.

  • Simplicity is key as with application awareness and endpoint flexibility that needs high availability support.

Commscope’s Ruckus introduced the concept of scale-out networking compared to scale-up networking which may result in increased operational costs due to its high-power consumption and cooling expenses. Ruckus’s scale-out networking exploits the distributed chassis architecture.

For more information about how Ruckus can help your business with switches, click here.

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