The office of the future will be powered by fiber-optic channels, ubiquitous wireless networks, and intelligent data center architecture.

According to this article the office of the future will be powered by fiber-optic channels, possess ubiquitous wireless networks thanks to wireless services such as WiMAX, and use power from their Ethernet to run mobile devices and larger office equipment like LCDs.

The author believes that office data centers will use more blade server architecture to provide servers like IPTV and VoIP.  This will make future office infrastructure more compact and intelligent, allowing it, for example, to track company mobile devices through RFID (radio frequency identification) tags.

Once fiber-optic wiring becomes more prevalent, the author believes companies will create more remote data centers, leaving the main data center to handle building security and managed services with the remote sites providing more complex and robust servers.

Source: PC Magazine (New York); May 17, 2006

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