For anyone involved in data center
infrastructures, there is no such thing as “maintenance mode” or “business as
usual.” The job itself is not unlike scaling a mountain—you advance bit by bit
and, every so often, you find a precarious ledge on which to catch your breath
before continuing the climb. All the while, the winds are shifting, the weather
changes, and every move is critical.
The increasing demands on data centers
are being driven by even larger global megatrends that are having a profound
effect across industries. These megatrends include:
demographic and social changes
- Urbanization and
the rise of the megacity
- Climate change
CLICK TO TWEET: To seamlessly adjust to data center changes, investment in skills and continuous training is a must.
At the same time, the rising cost
of network downtime and the increasingly important role the data center plays
in the success of business have raised the stakes. Data centers must evolve and
they must get it right each time.
At the highest levels, CTOs and
CIOs are responding by re-evaluating their strategies regarding their IT and
networking footprint, deployment options and resource allocation; however,
making it work is up to the data center managers and others on the front lines.
The ground is constantly shifting as data centers look to deploy faster and
more efficient optics; switching from the traditional three-layer vertical
hierarchy to flatter, heavily meshed leaf-and-spine architectures; and migrating
to higher lane speeds.
The changes within the data center
environment are so frequent and rapid that data center managers often find
themselves reacting to events and crises instead of implementing a proactive
strategy. In fact, finding time to develop such a strategy—one that addresses
critical elements like the best migration path to higher speeds, infrastructure
management and scalability, and increased virtualization support—is difficult. It
is necessary to keep pushing forward.
From cloud implementation to virtualization, these technologies offer
organizations many advantages; from reduced costs, to increased flexibility and
example, virtualization allows many IT organizations to switch from on premise
data centers, to co-located and cloud environments. Many cases see an increase in infrastructure or platform
outsourcing, but with the control and architecture side retained. Combining a
small on premise footprint or colocation facility with cloud services can
provide the best of both worlds.
Quality staff who understand and
know how to manage and control environments are vital. To seamlessly adjust to
data center changes, investment in skills and continuous training is a must.
The CommScope Infrastructure
Academy has developed the SP8850 Pre-terminated Data Center
course as a resource to help data center managers develop and plan their infrastructure
as they continue to formulate a proactive strategy for the evolution of the data
center. We have identified three key areas, we believe should be part of a
- Migration to higher
- Data center infrastructure
density and scalability
The course provides a
closer look at each of these critical areas of infrastructure—the key issues,
questions and trends—as well as examples of the advanced technologies and some
solutions from our own portfolio that are available to support your evolving