Getting to the Detail of Data Center Infrastructure Design

James Donovan_new James Donovan July 23, 2015

Data_Center_imageData centers are the heart of all network operations. They pump the lifeblood (i.e. data) to and from users, storage devices and the Internet. The issues and trends surrounding data center infrastructure technology have been widely written about and explored in other CommScope and industry blog posts. They covered such topics as the importance of effective management, the focus on efficiency, and density and migration strategies.

However, when considering a new data center, the same basic questions must be answered:

  • Where should the data center be located?
  • How big should it be?
  • How much power consumption will it use?
  • What is the uptime target (what tier, how many 9’s do you wish)?
  • What technologies should we use?
  • How should the data center be laid out?
  • What is the data center’s life span?

With the proliferation of data centers today, you may be able to answer these questions; however, these answers result in another set of questions:

  • Should we continue to use the same products and architectures?
  • What higher density options are available?
  • What are the distance limitations for expected applications?
  • What new standards do we need to be aware of?

Data center infrastructure design is different from traditional structured cabling design for buildings and campuses. Even experienced designers must familiarize themselves with data center specific standards, architectures and technologies. Integrating diverse technologies, combining different cabling types, and making sure that the whole system performs reliably creates a set of complex tasks. Critical issues that need to be addressed include:

  • What is the network architecture that best serves our needs?
  • How much network capacity and speed do we need?
  • How can we plan for migration to new technology in the future?
  • What are the tradeoffs between expense and performance?
  • Should we use copper or fiber, and where should we use them?

Are you looking for detailed answers and advice in these areas? The new SP8850 Pre-terminated Data Center Solutions course available from the CommScope Infrastructure Academy provides you with the answers. The course helps students understand data center infrastructure technology and design. It also discusses relevant industry standards for data center infrastructure solutions for both copper and fiber optic cabling, and provides migration paths to the future. Network topologies and data center architectures are discussed with a view to optimum energy and space efficiency.

What questions do you have before you deploy a data center?

About the Author

James Donovan_new

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.