There is no doubt that the data center
is the heart of any network operations, pumping the lifeblood (i.e., data) to
and from users, storage devices and the worldwide web. The issues and trends
surrounding data center infrastructure technology have been widely written
about and explored in other CommScope and industry blog posts, covering areas such
as the importance of effective management, the focus on efficiency, density and
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's James Donovan explains how the Infrastructure Academy's pre-terminated data center solutions course helps students understand infrastructure technology and design.
However, when considering a new data
center, the same initial basic questions remain to be answered:
should the data center be located?
big should it be?
much power consumption can be expected?
is the uptime target?
are the technologies to use?
should the data center be laid out?
long is the life span?
At first these may seem easy as
they have all been answered before, right? But the answers will also result in
their own set of questions.
we continue to use the same solutions and architectures?
is already tight; what higher density options are available?
are the distance limitations for expected applications?
new standards do I need to be aware of, and how do I migrate to them?
Data center infrastructure design
is significantly different to that of traditional structured cabling design for
buildings and campuses. Even an experienced designer will need to familiarize
themselves with data center specific standards, architectures and technologies.
Integrating diverse technologies, combining different cabling types, and above
all, making sure that the whole system performs reliably, creates a set of
complex tasks. Critical issues that need to be addressed include:
is the network architecture that best serves my needs?
much network capacity and speed do I need?
can I plan for migration to new technology in the future?
are the trade-offs between expense and performance?
media do I use (copper or fiber), and where?
Looking for detailed answers and
advice in these areas? The SP8850
Pre-terminated Data Center Solutions course from the CommScope Infrastructure Academy aims to do just
that. The objective of this course is to help
students understand data center infrastructure technology and design. It
discusses relevant industry standards for data center infrastructure, solutions
for both copper and fiber optic cabling, and providing migration paths to the
future. Network topologies and data center architectures are discussed with a
view to optimum energy and space efficiency.
What other questions
have you asked when designing a data center?