For those of you involved in the planning, design, commissioning or operation of data centers, keeping up to date with the suggested best practice and available options can be a veritable soup to wade through. Thick and lumpy for some, thin and clear for others!

The hottopics in infrastructure terms seem to be power and cooling, from a financial standpoint but also environmental and green concerns.

From an IT technology perspective, a plethora of platforms, systems, design approaches and architectures exist, each with their own passionate group of advocates.

Quite a daunting task to someone new to data centers to wade through, but also I suspect for those who have been at it for a while.

One of the benefits of working for a company like CommScope is being supported by the 'hidden gems' in our R&D teams—the people with the attitude of “we can make it work, fix it or save it!”

One of those is our own Dr. T.C.Tan, a distinguished member of the technical staff for CommScope. In my 18 years with the company, it has been always been a comfort to know that we could pick up the phone and get T.C. involved, as I am sure anyone who knows him will agree.

Well, recently I found that someone had recorded T.C. presenting at an event, discussing the technology options for the data center with a bit of wireless technology thrown in, so I had to take the opportunity to share!

Interested to learn more about data center infrastructure? The SP8800 and SP8810  Data Center training courses are self paced online courses that detail the key data center infrastructure solutions, architectures and concepts and are available from the CommScope Infrastructure Academy.

P.S: Hopefully you agree T.C. is a Top Cat!

About the Author

James Donovan

James Donovan is Vice President of the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. James joined CommScope in 1993 and has held positions in Sales, Technical, Marketing, Training and Business Development and served most recently as VP of Digital and Creative Services for CommScope. James oversees the CommScope Infrastructure Academy, which is CommScope’s partner and customer training platform. Prior to joining the company, he held positions at GEC, ITT and Alcatel. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and a BSc Honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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3 comments for "Data Center Soup"
Neil Roberts

Good to see John McCarthy's twin brother still fighting the good fight!


Hi Neil, it is probably not appropriate to explain your reference to others, but those in the loop know what you mean.

Anne Marie Kenneally

James, thanks for sharing! TC is indeed our hidden gem!

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