Intelligent Data Centres Issue 32 | Page 46

should be a top consideration because this will continue to play a very important role in the future of broadband .
How can organisations futureproof networks in support of rising data centre demand and network connectivity ?
Organisations must invest in better data centre designs to future-proof their networks . Good design is at the core of a high-density or high-performance data centre . There is a huge explosion and requirement of bandwidth which is really pushing data centre teams to rethink the way they ’ re designing the networks and infrastructure . Data centre teams are looking to increase port count and fibre density , increase lane capacities , reduce latency and prepare to migrate to higher speeds .
Data centre operators are already planning on moving from 10 gigabit per second and 40 gigabit per second to 25 gigabit , 50 gigabit and 100 gigabit per second .
This is easier said than done . Even as data centres transition their fabrics from 10 and 40GbE to 25 , 50 and 100GbE , standards have been developed for 400G , and committees – which we at Commscope are part of – are looking at 800G and even beyond . Judging by the Ethernet roadmap , the path forward is neither clear nor straight – there are a number of challenges , but also lots of opportunity . With the new standards and in the technology evolution , we have seen more efficient modulation , new transmission schemes , new fibre types and data centre managers now have more options to migrate .
Data centre managers and operators need to be prepared and will need to have proper documentation of the data centre . You should have automated infrastructure management as this will give you visibility and enable you to have control of your network , because if you cannot really see it , then how can you manage and control it ?
What advice would you offer organisations who are looking to improve their network connectivity – what steps can they take to ensure maximum business benefits ?
To improve network connectivity , organisations need to prioritise the following three factors when designing , building or trying to improve the network : simplicity ; reliability ; and adaptability .
Simplicity refers to the way that the network can be provisioned , managed , maintained and migrated , while reliability refers to all the parts of the network as they need to work together efficiently to provide a smooth user experience .
And finally , adaptability requires networks to be able to adapt and migrate to what the users will be needing and demanding in the future .
Through collaboration , innovation and forward planning and thinking , we can help deliver an efficient network that meets the customer ’ s requirement today and tomorrow .
Why should organisations consider CommScope as a strategic partner in their overall technology strategy ?
When I joined CommScope around 10 years ago , I quickly learned about the company ’ s heritage of innovation . We have around 15,000 patents in our records .
Over the last 10 years , we have created many lasting connections and helped solve customers ’ problems . Looking ahead , CommScope is really pushing the boundaries of communication technologies to create the world ’ s most advanced networks .
We design , manufacture , maintain , build , install and test . We provide the hardware infrastructure and the software intelligence that enables our digital society to interact and thrive . Working with customers , we advance broadband , enterprise and wireless networks to power progress and create lasting connections .
We ’ re a global company , our people and solutions globally are redefining connectivity , solving today ’ s challenges and driving the innovation that will meet the needs of what ’ s next . ◊
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