Let’s talk about big decisions...like
marriage. As Tim Urban, one of the folks behind the popular “Wait But Why”
blog, reminds us:
“When you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things,
including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your
children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion
for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your
career therapist, and someone whose day you’ll hear about 18,000 times.”
I mention this because, next to selecting your
spouse, choosing the migration path for
your data center is a piece of cake. Feeling better already, right? Let’s
break it down.
You can always count on data center lane speeds to
grow. 25G and 40G are the new 10G and 400 is the new 100. Supporting those
higher data rates means rethinking your
cabling and connectors. But don’t freak out, a lot of the hard work has
already been done for you. Think standards.
Cabling and infrastructure design standards like ISO/IEC 24764, ANSI/TIA942-A and IEEE 802.3 provide a
roadmap for data center managers and vendors. Adhering to a standards-based
design ensures you’re driving on a road that’s constantly being paved ahead of
Like any useful map, the standards are continually evolving as new technologies emerge. This
year, we’ve seen the introduction of standards around wide
band multimode fiber (WBMMF), Category 8 cabling and
automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems.
Understanding and keeping up to date on the
standards regarding data center infrastructure makes your job much easier. But staying current on all the changes can
be a full-time job. This is where having a trusted partner like CommScope
can really help. For years, CommScope has actively participated in writing the standards
that keep the industry moving forward. Resources like the CommScope Standards Advisor and numerous white papers and design
guides are great ways to make sure your migration path is aligned with
standards-based best practices.
Ready to test your knowledge of cabling and
connectivity standards? We’ve developed a brief and fun quiz that covers the
Check your cabling IQ now.
When you’re done taking the quiz, you’ll have the
chance to download and read the white paper, “Data center cabling design
fundamentals.” You’ll learn how to translate the cabling
standards into a more efficient and flexible infrastructure. And, finally, rely on CommScope to keep you
abreast of the changes and in touch with the infrastructure solutions you need
to keep your data center migration on track.