Data centers—the backbone of most organizations’ computing and
networking capabilities—are increasingly viewed as critical business
priorities and, despite the current economic climate, receiving on-going
investments to improve performance and reliability.
According to the new Global Data Center Survey commissioned by
CommScope, with contributing sponsors Brocade, Eaton and Intel, almost a
third (32%) of all organizations surveyed worldwide are planning or
building new data centers, while more than four out of five (83%)
existing data centers continue to receive investment for infrastructure
and technology projects. In the backdrop of the current economic
environment, almost two thirds (65%) of respondents were required to
demonstrate a specific return on the investment before their data center
projects were approved.
More than 730 IT professionals from 54 countries with responsibility for
their organizations’ data centers responded to the Global Data Center
Survey questions on trends in data center equipment, design and future
“It is clear that data centers are viewed as mission critical, and
organizations continue to invest accordingly to ensure quality,
performance and intelligence are successfully supporting business
goals,” said George Brooks, director, Enterprise Data Centers,
CommScope. “Whether it is to stay ahead of technology developments and
new applications or to address cost-efficiency opportunities, data
center expansions and improvement projects are continuing around the
world, despite the economic downturn.”
Other key findings from the Global Data Center Survey:
Globally, more than half (54%) of the organizations installing new
copper cabling would invest in Category 6A10Gb/s solutions
– its high-performance and reliability are key for virtualization and
consolidation, which are the main drivers of green and cost-reduction
strategies and are highly dependent on reliability. Airports (86%) and
healthcare (71%) are the business sectors leading the drive toward
investment in Category 6A 10G copper solutions.
Of those respondents installing new fiber cabling in their data
center, the shift to 10G and 40/100G laser optimized multimode fibers
is accelerating with data centers installing OM3 at a rate of 31
percent and installing OM4 at a rate of 19 percent.
Data centers continue to receive investment for power and space saving
technologies. They include blade servers that are more compact and
energy efficient than previous types, and virtualization that allows
more applications to run on each server. These result in cost savings
due to a reduction in power and space requirements.
As additional computing resources are packed into equipment racks,
data centers are moving to higher bandwidth solutions to reduce growth
in cabling volume. Blade servers can decrease cable management
complexity as compared to rack optimized servers. Thirty percent are
already using new 10Gb/s copper connectivity solutions in the network
backbone and a further 46 percent plan to do so in the next three
In horizontal network segments, 21 percent are using 10Gb/s over
copper. Another 48 percent plan to upgrade in the next three years.
The new, high performance copper cabling, conforming to the Category
6A/Class EA standards, offers an easy-to-install option for
high performance data centers.
“The recession is not damping the demand for on-line information and
applications that is driving data center expansion,” said Brooks. “At
the same time, growth of image and video databases is increasing the
requirement for higher bandwidth infrastructure within the data center.
As servers get smaller and support more applications, connection
densities and bandwidth will have to grow dramatically.”
The survey shows that the importance of performance and quality in data
center infrastructure is widely appreciated. More respondents named
performance (62%) and ease of maintenance (54%) as influences on their
purchasing decisions than said they were influenced by price (50%).
“Improved data center performance is an efficiency driver that can help
organizations fight the effects of the recession and be ready for the
upturn,” said Brooks. “Physical layer infrastructure is a focus of
attention since it can quickly become a bottleneck at times of peak
demand. Reliable, affordable 10G and 40/100G solutions will be important
to the ongoing operational and space saving efficiencies of data centers
for years to come. These high speed infrastructure connections free
space for other equipment and for the flow of cooling air, which was an
issue of concern for more respondents (61%) than any other.”
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complete portfolio of network infrastructure solutions that enable
enterprise customers, regardless of size, industry or IT budget, to take
advantage of business and technology opportunities. The division’s
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converged solutions ranging from mission-critical, high-bandwidth and
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reliability and quality for everyday needs. Backed by CommScope Labs,
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industry-leading BusinessPartners and distributors, ensuring a
consistent and high-level of service and support worldwide.
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