I recently picked up Thomas
Friedman’s new book, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to
Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” It’s a wonderful
take on the challenges and opportunities of adapting to the cataclysmic changes
that are reshaping our world – from computers and the cloud to climate change
After the introduction,
Friedman spends the next 46 pages on Moore’s Law. He observes:
“If you took the first Intel microchip made in 1971 and double its
computing power every two years for 50years you would have Intel’s latest
microchip, the sixth-generation Intel Core processor. You will see that Intel’s
latest chip offers 3,500 times more performance, is 90,000 times more energy
efficient, and is about 60,0000 times lower in cost than its ancestor.
Intel engineers did a rough calculation of what would happen had a 1971
Volkswagen Beetle improved at the same rate as microchips did under Moore’s
law. These are the numbers: Today, that Beetle would be able to go about
300,000 miles per hour. It would get two million miles per gallon of gas, and
it would cost four cents!”
CLICK TO TWEET: Do you want to know what microchips, a VW Bug, and your data center have in common?
Microchips, it turns out,
scale beautifully. The Volkswagen Beetle, not so much. What does this have to
do with your data center’s infrastructure? Everything. In IT, scalability is a
word that is tossed about so often, it loses its edge. But as demand increases
for faster links, lower latency and fiber density, it’s important to realize
just how multi-faceted—and essential— the concept of scalability is.
- Functional scalability: Can you migrate to higher speeds and emerging
technologies with minimal disruption?
- Geographic scalability: How easily can you move from a centralized
data center structure to one that allows you to deploy the resources and
applications where they’re needed?
- Load scalability: Are you able to easily expand and contract
resources to accommodate changes in bandwidth demand and latency requirements?
- Generation scalability: When new generations of components are
released and standards advance, can you plug and play, or will you have to rip
Underlying these challenges of
constant migration is the importance of having the right strategy, not just the
right solutions. At CommScope, we believe it begins with modular design,
pre-term connectivity, fiber management and the ability to support high-density
deployment and longer links. Our high-speed migration platform is built on
these concepts and is constantly evolving as standards and technologies
To see how strategy
translates into real world application, take a look at this short video on Strategies for Pre-Term Connectors. You can also check out the replay of the Data
Centre Dynamics CommScope webinar – 4 Steps to a Successful High
Speed Migration Strategy.