Next-gen data center nirvana: One more reason why Layer One shouldn't be ignored

Next-gen data center nirvana: One more reason why Layer One shouldn't be ignored

In " Nudging IT forward," editor-in-chief of Network World John Dix discusses the disconnect between next-gen data center nirvana and reality. On his nirvana wishlist: x86-based virtualized resources with converged compute/storage/networking, access to cloud services for overflow demands, shared storage, a flat network, centrally managed.

Yeah, right.

While it may seem like something possible only in our (geeky) dreams, this data center will one day be our reality - and John says that we can get there not in one major overhaul, but in smaller stages.

So what can you do now to prepare for an environment that's currently 3% virtualized and running at 10 gig speeds, but one day soon will be closer to 50% virtualized and running on 100 gig speeds?

You start with layer one - the cabling.

As you transform your next-gen data center step by step, a manageable, flexible cabling infrastructure that can grow with your needs is critical - unless you actually like ripping out cables every time you upgrade.

Once you're squared away with proper cabling infrastructure, consider step one complete. And like John said, "Every step forward gets us closer to nirvana."