A Networking Shift
Local area networks (LANs) have been a key building block in the network infrastructure for decades. However, in this Computerworld article from Evan Schuman, he explores the impact mobile devices and the cloud are having on LANs.
Schuman explores the theory that mobile is killing the LAN. Steven Sprague of Rivetz, a cybersecurity firm, believes that our increasing reliance on mobile devices and cloud services is making the LAN obsolete. Although Schuman disagrees, he does admit that Sprague makes some good points. Schuman thinks we need to look at the long-term changes that have already begun. He also stresses the need for improved authentication procedures.
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- This article provides an opportunity to discuss network fundamentals and the differences between local area networks, mobile networks, and cloud computing. Ask students how much of their computer-related tasks are performed using a home network (or college network) vs. using mobile technology and cloud services.
- Divide the class into small groups and ask each group to explore a different type of network LAN, WAN, PAN, etc.), being sure to include mobile networks. Each group should prepare a presentation showcasing the pros and cons of each type of network. Each group should also discuss aspects such as security and the viability of the network going forward.
- As an individual project, ask students to review the main article and conduct further research. Do they agree that LANs are becoming obsolete? What, if any, role will they play in the future of network computing? Students should write a brief paper outlining their findings and position and should be prepared to defend their opinion.