Architectures For Convergence

Audin, Gary
October 2004
Business Communications Review;Oct2004 Supplement, Vol. 34, p4
Trade Publication
This article discusses the concept of convergence technology in broadband communication. Convergence can best be defined as one structure, one architecture to support all forms of information media on all forms of network technology. The massive adoption of the Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite has brought together multiple network technologies, local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), wired and wireless, public and private networks, and access to a near infinite number of applications. Even though the earlier attempts at convergence did not foresee the dominance of TCP/IP, convergence is now generally acknowledged to be based on the IP protocol. lP is the glue that binds the networks and applications together. The architecture selected for convergence must satisfy the business requirements before it meets the technical requirements. The architecture must improve the business's operational effectiveness both for internal users and external customers. This means business processes must be simplified. INSETS: The Past Determines The Future;Architecture Attributes.


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