In this decade we have seen a shift in structured data center cabling from copper to fiber and a hybrid mix of both. It’s important to note that managing a hybrid connectivity data center is complex, but can be done effectively with a proper structured cabling solution.
The average cost, per square foot, to build and populate a new small sized data center can be challenging. The cost per square foot can range from $200 to $1000 depending on renovations to an existing building, or starting from scratch. While power and cooling are primary topics of consideration, cabling is also important! So important, C-NET CDCDP Training reports the cost of cabling when building a new data center is 5% to 6% of the overall expense, when running point to point connections.
As a young professional in this ever-changing technology world, the ceiling of learning is endless. Ryan Steele, Strategic Account Executive, attended this year's Garner Data Center conference - and was not disappointed. It proved to be another reminder that staying current on the latest technologies trends in IT is crtical.
Josh Taylor returns from the 2017 Gartner’s Data Center conference in Las Vegas, NV. As a "layer one" guy, Taylor was intimidated by the intense brain power at the conference, but amazed with the myriad of technological concepts and themes. Even though it was his first time attending, Taylor hopes it won't be his last. Learn about Taylor's expereince and his thoughts on the almighty cloud.
Gartner again delivered another spectacular conference in Las Vegas this year, filled with many tracks to meet today’s relevant topics and informational sessions directed specifically at different categories in the data center space. Of the top five tracks, I focused my attention mostly on the cloud and infrastructure agility viewpoints.
From small mom and pop shops looking for a single fiber jumper, to fortune 500 companies looking for robust structured cabling solutions – we see and hear it all. Due to the variety of end user types in our wheelhouse, we’re tasked with answering questions from all across the board. Sometimes technical in nature, other times cost related - or a common question we are often fielding that combines both. If OM2, OM3, and OM4 are all 50 micron why wouldn’t I just buy the cheapest available?
Wire gauge is an index that indirectly (inversely and logarithmically) tells us the cross-sectional area of a round wire. You may be asking, “Why does the gauge matter in my network’s racks? I mean, I use standard CAT6 cabling, and it works for me!” If you’re cabling up 48 ports of CAT6 that doesn’t seem like a ‘big’ deal. However, consider this.
The Chicago Dell EMC Forum resembled more of a packed pep rally than a traditional technology forum. Founder and CEO Michael Dell, took center stage to a room crammed with customers, vendors and onlookers. It’s been a little over a year since the completion of the Dell EMC merger. Michael Dell’s decision to acquire the struggling EMC now has the same feel as to that of a game-winning, Hail-Mary pass in a championship game. EMC was strapped with debt, but held trophies from their development of VMware Inc., Pivotal Inc., and RSA Security LLC, in their trophy case.
Just like Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, we all "feel the need for speed," when it comes to making our data centers run faster and more efficient! Deployment and installation of new switching hardware in a data center is a daunting task. Everything needs to happen in a specific time window, and that window is typically small. Reducing the amount of variables (or things that can go wrong) is always a good idea in these instances. Port replication™ eliminates the need for a very time consuming task!
So what keeps you up at night? Maybe - just maybe - it’s trying to figure out how you are going to achieve a seamless and cost-effective fiber optic infrastructure migration to 25G/40G/50G, 100G, or even 400G. The possibilities are many, but before answering it is important to understand what is going to be your best solution.