personal fact: when I’m not playing a network nerd at work, I love outdoor
photography. The scenic vistas where we live make for some really dramatic
shots. Early morning sunrises, fog-shrouded
I decided to treat myself to a new piece of photo equipment: a drone. Not just
any drone, but— much to my wife’s dismay—
a top of the line DJI Mavic Pro. It’s got 4k video, OcuSync transmission with
7km range, GPS and GLONASS positioning—the works! That
first Sunday morning with my new toy, I was like a kid on Christmas day. I
unpacked it, charged the battery, opened the manual and…ah, who needs a manual?
I’m a guy, I can figure this out.
as soon as it was in the air, I was out of my depth. There was a mind-numbing
array of controls: camera rotation, forward speed, in-flight connectivity,
obstacle sensors, altitude, subject tracking and more. It was far more complex
than expected. As I watched my $1,300 toy fly toward the nearest tree, I
thought, “it’s like trying to manage today’s enterprise data center.”
be fair: keeping a single drone aloft is…well, child’s play compared to
managing the thousands of links, ports, assets and switches that go into a data
center – not to mention mile after mile of fragile fiber. But you get the idea.
today’s data center, we now have the ability to support link speeds of 100Gb/s,
reduce latency to a few milliseconds and replace costly customized servers with
commercial-off-the-shelf models running virtualized network functions. And we
need every bit of that speed and capacity because the bandwidth and low latency
demands in the data center are off the charts.
key to keeping up with the accelerating demands is in the data center’s
infrastructure. It must be agile and flexible enough to shift to higher speeds
and support new applications with minimal disruption. That means modular
connectivity and cabling components that can easily accommodate higher fiber- and port-density with minimal
Perhaps most importantly, the future-ready data
center infrastructure must have the embedded intelligence to allow you to
visualize, control and optimize every part of the physical network—every
connector, port, and connected device. That’s the value of an automated infrastructure
And here is where we come back to my adventure in
drone piloting; all the performance capabilities in the world aren’t much good
if you can’t manage them effectively. A robust automated infrastructure
management (AIM) solution, like CommScope’s imVision, enables you to do just
that…and a lot more.
To see exactly what I mean, consider the story of John and