While embarking on
my Masters in Data Center Leadership and Management in 2015, I entered the
program with an open mind. I was armed with my robust experience and empirical
knowledge of the field. Being part of the information and communications technology
industry for more than 30 years, I have been a strong advocate of the
importance of the physical layer in the overall network architecture. Working
through this program has given me a fresh outlook on the data center and its
relevance as a strategic asset for all businesses today. Truly understanding
the end-user perspective and the contemporary business challenges that they
face are integral factors for any vendor that wishes to become “trusted
advisors.” My opinion on the relevance of the physical layer has not only been
reinforced, but substantially elevated.
In this dynamic
and digital environment, it is fundamental to consider the communications
connectivity as part of the enterprise business strategy. The ability to scale
quickly and migrate to new architectures and applications is a critical factor
when maintaining organizational and operational resilience. The drive toward
the digital-social-mobile world is driving higher bandwidth, attenuation sensitivity,
and applications that must be reflected in physical layer architecture. Having ultra-low-loss (ULL) connectivity
backed by a link loss calculator – to understand the network’s performance
today and in the future – offers significant advantages in channel capacity
planning and future network scalability options. This protects the connectivity
investment, and helps a business gain and maintain a competitive advantage through
agile and seamless deployment.
CLICK TO TWEET: It's fundamental to consider communications connectivity as part of an enterprise business strategy.
complexity at the physical layer is where CommScope’s customers see the real
value of us being trusted advisors. The process starts by understanding the
issues and the business strategy. This is not a generic approach, as we realize
that all customers are different and that their needs must be aligned to the
overall goals and objectives of the business. Using our vast high
portfolio, based around an MPO-24 backbone technology and modular connectivity
(MPO-8, MPO-12 and LC connectivity), can support business agility by allowing
seamless migration to different network speeds.
Having the type of
solid backbone philosophy offered by high speed migration allows CommScope’s
technical teams and partners to provide the optimum solution and prepare our
customers for both today’s and tomorrow’s emerging technologies. Whether they
use single mode or multimode fiber, CommScope has the solution. However, the
recent introduction of a new standards based optical fiber (OM5) using short-wave division multiplexing (SWDM)
transmission technology, further demonstrates the advances in multimode
technology. I’m proud to state that CommScope helped lead and introduce this
innovation to the industry. It is
backwards compatible with legacy 50um multimode systems, and significantly
reduces the proliferation of fiber by using SWDM over duplex connectivity.
offers an application assurance program that not only provides our customers with
the confidence that future applications can be supported, but also written
documentation on the distance and number of connections that can be sustained.
This is critical when designing a scalable infrastructure and maintaining
business ready performance. All of this is backed by an industry leading applications performance warranty to further protect our customers’ investment.
I complete my Master’s, I not only realize what a significant learning
experience this has become, but also that the data center has never been more
relevant to the success of all businesses who want to engage with their
customers in a digital economy. Change is the only constant, and the
infrastructure should be a strategic investment for business performance,
resilience, and evolution.