R&M, the globally active Swiss developer and provider of cabling systems for high-end network infrastructures based in Wetzikon, expects to see an increase in demand for integrated solutions for network infrastructures in 2017.
“Digitalization of the economy without a sufficient network infrastructure is as like a railway without tracks,” said Andreas Rüsseler, Chief Marketing Officer for cabling specialist R&M AG, in his market outlook.
“Cabling with copper and fiber optic systems is still required as the physical foundation for digitalization – in the same way that tracks are required for transportation by rail. But these days it is more than just a question of cabling,” said Rüsseler. The building and network infrastructures themselves have to be digitized.
“First of all, the basis of a network needs to have the right dimensions and level of reliability in order to cope with the wide-ranging applications of the future,” says Andreas Rüsseler. He adds that, given the high expectations for the age of the digitized economy, it is easy to forget that network installations are just as necessary as apps, computers, data centers, and the billions of things that are connected to the internet – the Internet of Things. Rüsseler even believes that the trend toward digitalization is even making the economy fully dependent on tight-knit, fast, interruption-free network infrastructures. A market study conducted by IT consultancy company Capgemini confirms this trend, revealing that digitalization is the topic currently at the top of the agenda of more than half of all CIOs. And it looks set to stay there for the foreseeable future.
R&M’s main market – the structured cabling market – alone is growing by about three percent every year. Hardware manufacturer Cisco estimates that 50 billion sensors will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020, while chip manufacturer Intel predicts that, by 2030, some 200 billion items, appliances, devices, machines, and buildings will have an internet connection.
R&M already has an appropriate solution in the form of R&Minteliphy. This network monitoring system monitors cabling across all distances and in all magnitudes, and also enables three-dimensional digital representation of the data center infrastructure.
R&M identifies data centers as the area where the greatest demand currently lies.