Alastair Waite of TE Connectivity highlights the vital role cabling has to offer in shaping the data center of the future.
The Vital Role of Cabling in the Data Center
One of the key elements of the data center build – the passive infrastructure – is often one of the most neglected areas. Viewed by many as ‘just cables’, we are convinced that this part of the infrastructure cannot be ignored – it is absolutely critical to everything being connected and working together well.
One significant trend requiring a clear approach to passive infrastructure design is Virtualization.
“ The advent of virtualization has meant that more and more data is being sent across networks and over individual cabling links at ever higher speeds.
In the past there would have been more dataspread across the independent systems and media in the data center, but now each cable link needs to be ready to respond to the higher bandwidth demands that could be placed upon it in a highly virtualized environment. The upside of virtualization for the data center owner is a single network that will lead to ease of maintenance and operation, improved interoperability and increased cost efficiency. However, virtualization increases the risk of bottlenecks if the cabling infrastructure has not been designed properly from the outset. This means that data center owners need to avoid bottlenecks in their infrastructure at the initial design stage in order to ensure sustained efficiency for the life of the data center.