Is Designing a Data Center as Painful as Building the Great Wall of China?

Laura Laura Chen May 31, 2017

Data_Center_NetworkOne popular myth about space exploration is that the Great Wall of China is the only human-built structure that can be seen from space. But of course, this is impossible with the naked eye. The myth probably stems from the long and vivid history of building the numerous walls and fortifications, which took millennia to complete. Nearly 400,000 people died during the wall's construction which began in 221 B.C., and many of them were buried within the wall itself, according to the History channel.

Designing and building data centers may initially appear as daunting as building the Great Wall of China. But rest assured, history doesn’t always have to repeat itself.

Chinese Millennials Drive Change in Tomorrow’s Network

Given the staggering population growth of up to 1,000 percent across cities like Yiwu, Shenzhen and Dongguan within a span of 30 years, it’s no surprise China is in the early stages of what may be the greatest transformation of networking yet.

With close to 1.3 billion mobile phone owners and 700 million Internet users, China is the most populous digital market, according to Data Centre Dynamics. Ninety one percent of Shanghai millennials who own smartphones admitted they could not go a day without it, while 21 percent are spending more than two hours a day streaming online video content, on platforms such as iQIYI and Youku, according to CommScope research.

As Chinese millennials drive change in tomorrow’s network, data center traffic is expected to triple over the next five years.

Preparing China for Decades of Increased Bandwidth

And this means users are expecting more from the data center - more speed, lower latency, zero bottlenecks. To meet these challenges, the data center’s optical infrastructure must be flexible, future ready and easy to manage.

Data center professionals across the nation must support higher server densities, deploy more fiber and accelerate plans to migrate to higher speeds in their core and aggregation networks. The network infrastructure within the data center must be able to scale to support these significant changes.

To achieve this, the network infrastructure must be agile and flexible, easily integrating into the existing network environment while seamlessly adapting to new applications and unforeseen future changes. Secondly, keeping the growing fiber network manageable requires high density and minimum redesign without compromising signal performance. And lastly, data centers should be cloud friendly and scalable.

Evaluating data center requirements to meet future needs of how data is being consumed, understanding China’s regulations, and having the right data center migration strategy will put organizations ahead of the game.

CommScope will be participating in the 10th China Data Center Summit on June 22, 2017 at Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing. Come find out from Wu Jian, Director, Field Application Engineer, how CommScope is helping Data Center prepare for tomorrow’s increased bandwidth.

About the Author


Laura Chen

Laura Chen is Vice President, Enterprise Sales of Greater China for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Ms. Chen is responsible for all aspects of sales and customer relationships for the SYSTIMAX® Solutions business in Greater China. In this position, she executes the sales strategy and deals with key verticals and geographical expansion in the region.

A veteran in the industry, Ms. Chen first joined AT&T in 1995, having worked in the telecommunication and CATV industry. In 2000, she assumed the position of sub- region sales manager in charge of the East China SYSTIMAX Solutions business, which she maintained from the company’s transition from Avaya to CommScope. In 2007, she took on the position of national sales manager in charge of Greater China sales, where she achieved a revenue growth of 22 per cent from 2007 to 2008. In 2010, Ms. Chen assumed the position of regional sales director of Greater China. In 2015, Laura is promoted as VP, Enterprise Sales of Greater China.  An outstanding team player, Ms. Chen has been awarded the AP Coach of the Year award in 2007 and the Strategic Sales Initiative Person of the Year in 2009.

In 2015, Laura earned a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Hong Kong. In 1990, she graduated from Shanghai University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication. She also holds an e-business program certification from CEIBS, a China executive marketing program diploma from Shanghai Jiaotong University and a strategic leadership program diploma from INM (International Negotiation & Management Co.) in the United States.