This blog is the next installment of a six-part series
discussing data center challenges and solutions.
In my previous post, I mentioned that a strong network
infrastructure is vital to positioning data centers for the Internet of Things (IoT) and global machine-to-machine
communications. This is a profound evolution of data communications.
IoT will bring
together mobile devices and applications within buildings, smart cities, the
connected car and more by adding sensors that generate more data than ever.
This data will then be analyzed and converted into information that positively
affects people’s daily lives. Examples include energy efficiency through smart
home monitoring and fewer traffic jams thanks to sensors on cars, traffic
lights and buildings. Businesses will
look to IoT for leaps in efficiency and competitive positioning.
All these sensors will
produce massive amount of data. The sheer volume of data will have to be stored
and processed somewhere, inevitably in a data center. In a recent report, Gartner
mentioned that the influx of IoT data will bring new challenges in terms of security and storage management.
Moving massive amounts of data over the wide area network is expensive and
introduces latency. Cost and latency must be controlled to unlock the value of
Making the most of IoT
Commercially, IoT represents
a huge opportunity, and the question lies in finding the best way to take these
massive volumes of data and turn them into profit. In the retail sector, for
example, the opportunity exists to interpret all the data, identify spending
and buying patterns of consumers, and then make proactive purchase suggestions to
However, this also
poses the question of how the data is analyzed as it streams into the data center
in real-time. This results in a potentially huge amount of data traffic to
support. In order to accommodate these huge data flows, the data center will
need to provide improved efficiency and capacity. There will need to be plenty
of servers available to house the data and support all ongoing conversations.
Proximity of the data center will reduce the cost and latency of the IoT and
enable real time IoT applications. Modular data centers may provide excellent cost benefits when
building data centers in close proximity to the people and infrastructure they
Equipping the data center for IoT
One of CommScope’s
fundamental objectives is to connect people with information. We’ve recently
taken steps to reinvent the way fiber optic cabling works to enable more data
capacity support over existing fiber networks. This is crucial to helping data
center owners and operators meet data demand, both now and in the future. It
supports a key strategic business goal, where operators invest in and improve
their facilities to help improve profitability.
It’s also important to
understand and keep up with the direction that governments are taking on this
technology and what policies will be affected. In Singapore, for instance, recent
legislation requires that organizations consider energy efficiency when building data centers. Current forecasts predict that seven percent of
all energy in Singapore will be directed towards data centers in the future. This
is indicative of a global move towards improving standards, and
an indicator of a healthy and proactive industry.Do you have a question about the challenges and
innovations for the modern data center? Leave a comment below, and
I will be sure to respond.