(Note: The following has been
submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Jennifer Sweeper, partner marketing
manager at Digital Realty. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post,
as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not
necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
When you operate a global
internet enterprise company, the last thing you need is a data center outage. The very
last thing you need is two outages in just three months. That’s exactly what
happened to the internet company’s data center provider that wasn’t equipped
for a big data surge.
A 2013 Gartner study says big data is expected
to grow 800 percent in the next few years, data centers like these need to be
ready. And many are not. We have connected lifestyles, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will only get
bigger than it is now.
CommScope’s Kam Patel
pointed out in part
1 of this blog series that data centers of the future need several
attributes to survive; among them – speed,
agility and intelligence. Those are traits that the internet company’s
provider didn’t have. They knew something needed to change.
First, the internet
company expanded its sole colocation to two major multi-megawatt deployments,
and is already looking at expanding into more international locations. The new,
flexible design was done in a phased approach, allowing the internet company to
turn up capacity and meet short-term demand, while building the core
infrastructure for long-term growth. Finally, the internet company improved
their network deployment and pre-built cabling structure to speed delivery.
It worked, and this
particular company is well on its way to enhancing its data center capability. In general, data centers are in a constant
state of flux, and it’s important to know how to improve them, and also the
ramifications if you don’t.
That’s where CommScope,
Digital Realty and Align Communications come in. Digital Realty hosted
a panel at its Ashburn, VA, campus in May focused on speed, agility,
intelligence, global scale and cloud.
“The panel provided an
opportunity to hear from a diverse panel of industry experts from Digital
Realty, the leading data center provider; Align Communications, leading
implementation experts and CommScope, the premier provider of structured cable solutions, as they
discussed how the industry is adapting to end-user demands to help deploy
future IT workloads,” said Bill Bradley, senior vice president, Partners &
Alliances at Digital Realty.
An opportunity to
listen to the insightful webinar can be found
what’s driving the explosions in bandwidth, IoT and mobile and understand the
implications of this increased demand on today’s data center.