In simple words, network convergence is basically an efficient utilization of a single communication network by combining
multiple services over it. It can also be called media convergence.
Highly efficient and policy-oriented processes have made it possible for several different applications to share storage, networking resources and attain virtualization. This might sound fancy, but it creates pickles for network providers and data centers.
Increasingly sophisticated and complex system intelligence can be also accessed by network convergence. Through this technology, technical and business efficiency has increased evidently. It can deliver a lot more. It can fully control and monitor the physical network infrastructure.
Network convergence in mobile computing has made it possible to bring all the services like texting, web surfing, Voice over IP, streaming media, video conference applications, online gaming and e-commerce over a single network.
With network and media convergence, internet of things, cloud computing, finance, e-commerce and digital infrastructure
management has a whole new lot of possibilities.
Before you know it, network convergence will change the game of Digital Enterprises, streaming high definition video and imaging, automation building, the smart city concept and technology, artificial intelligence, neuro-networks and computer vision.
Network convergence challenges: high bandwidth, less delay, single network.
Network developers and data centers have faced major challenges with the evolution of network convergence. Since all the services and applications utilize the same network, they experience a significant increase in sheer bandwidth demands.
As the applications get more sophisticated, users tend to share rich content and use a significant amount of data, which can be overwhelming and crowding for the network. Users demand maximum bandwidth and minimum latency. Now, this is a pickle for network providers. Some sophisticated devices can even put a demand for more than 1 Gb/s of pure bandwidth. With the development of smart cities, node to node i.e. machine to machine communication will increase enormously owing to the traffic management, whole city video surveillance, security and mobility on demand. Similarly, smart homes with IoT applications, increased computer vision applications, smart health sector, IoT owing wearables and vehicle to everything communication.
Networks with high performance, supporting 2.5, 5 and 10 Gigabytes per second are the most promising solutions readily
available which can minimize the extreme data requirements in the future.
Network convergence support
To make the network convergence effective, the solution lies in the design, installation and proper maintenance of the ‘compatible with the requirements’ and adequate hardware.
Certain merits need to be fulfilled while creating an effective solution. First thing, data centers need to have enough bandwidth to support all the applications and services, the devices on their network will try to access. The other important thing is to build a redundant network, strong enough to fulfill all the high demands, avoid latency and ensure that all the critical application continue to work during failures too.