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Five Hopeless Computer Networking concepts!

This is supposed to be a humorous post. So, take it in that spirit! Sometimes, we get brainwaves on what can be done differently on a computer network (than what it is now). I am adding five hopeless network concepts/ideas below. Readers can add their own, in the comments section below (if they have any similar brainwaves).

Idea #5 – Battery operated Wi-Fi Access Points

Instead of spending so much on POE switches/POE injectors/electric cabling, why not use normal AA/AAA batteries to power access points? Batteries are inexpensive and power cabling is not required. This will even generate additional employment opportunities as additional people are needed for changing batteries every day/every week. Since IT people have to keep moving across the campus, everyone else will think that IT department is working so hard! πŸ™‚

Idea #4 – Developing applications that specifically don’t run on the Internet/Cloud

That way, applications are safe from malware, external intrusion and IT jobs are also safe πŸ™‚

Idea #3 – Building a DR (Disaster Recovery) Data Center within the Primary Data Center Campus

Well, a fat WAN pipe is not required. A lot of hardware/resource/real-estate savings can be realized. In fact, a fail-over server can be built as a virtual server within the primary server hardware to achieve even more cost reduction! πŸ™‚

Idea #2 – 100 GE Desktop Connectivity using InfinibandΒ 

Don’t laugh yet. This might become a reality sometime in future πŸ™‚

Idea #1 – Wireless Optical Fiber Communications

I’ve got nothing to say about this gem of an idea. Well, this is not my idea. It’s a friend who suggested this during college and I remember us having a long discussion about the possibility πŸ™‚



  • Praneeth

    Cleaning servers in IT room with water once a week to make sure that there is no dust etc. It also creates more employment opportunities for those who repair them.

    Also we can place servers in cool places in forests so that we can avoid ac charges…

    • Rajesh K (admin)

      Some companies construct data centers at cool places like Iceland so that they can save on the cooling costs. It’s true πŸ™‚

      Of course the water idea has no match πŸ˜‰

  • Karthikeyan M

    100GbE connectivity [IEEE P802.3ba standard] is now real. Not yet available wide and are at early stage, but hope soon it will come to data centers. And considering desktop connectivity, I dont see that is a need for a desktop. Desktops are not that much speed to generate 100gigs of data. So the idea may remain in this list.

  • Alex

    Your idea 4 seems to be a problem for normal employees. Is it an attempt/ plan to block the entry of us to Internet even if we trick the Firewall

    πŸ™‚ nice ideas

    • Rajesh K (admin)

      Even if Internet access is allowed, Companies can now effectively block all the sites that we want to browse on the net (read FB, twitter, etc) using URL filtering techniques πŸ™‚

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