The demand for data shows no sign of slowing down. First, there was the increasing adoption of cloud computing, the growing demand for virtualisation, big data, and video. Now, the internet of things, virtual/augmented reality, and artificial intelligence are driving an industry-wide push towards faster transmission speeds and a need for sophisticated fibre-management solutions.
Fortunately, today’s networking technology enables data centre operators and facility owners to meet this challenge on a number of fronts, establishing a future-ready infrastructure capable of handling even greater network strains. Optimising data centre density is the industry best practice for adding capacity, as it’s far more efficient and less costly than expanding the physical boundaries of the data centre.
There are many solutions that provide high-density capabilities, but the biggest challenge is “theoretical” vs. “usable” density. Data centre operators need to evaluate which solutions enable them to provide easily manageable, highly flexible, and scalable solutions that not only permit continuous moves, additions, and changes but also maintain the integrity of live circuits to reduce risk and maintain internal service-level agreements.
Corning has worked with data centre customers for more than 20 years to overcome these challenges and to deliver a range of solutions that provide the highest level of flexibility. Corning has been at the forefront of density solutions since the launch of our EDGE™ solutions back in 2009. Thanks to the recent EDGE8™ solution with universal wiring, Corning now enables port disaggregation of higher-speed 40/100G switch circuits to support 10/25G server connections. Port breakout modules deployed in the main distribution area can significantly reduce the number of line cards in the device for savings in both density and power requirements.
Corning’s project with managed service provider Kinetic IT to maximise capacity in Telehouse North’s colocation centre offers a great example of the transformative power of a high-density infrastructure solution and how the installation should be approached for maximum efficiencies.