Asia-Pacific’s demand for data continues to see exponential growth as businesses increasingly embrace digital transformation. Growing wealth, economic growth and supportive government policies also play an integral role in driving demand for digital services and the facilities that support them.
For data centre operators, the growth in data demand has led to an increased focus on speed and efficiency to market. In order to achieve a shorter turnaround time and deploy the data centre more quickly, operators rely on a speed-driven supply chain — partners and providers who are able to support faster, yet scalable builds. As infrastructure partners take on this challenge, the pressure is on to deliver quickly while ensuring that clients’ facilities are equipped with high-speed and ultra-density capabilities, and remain fully optimised in the face of ever-increasing transmission speeds and capacity demand.
In working with data centres to take on the challenge of data demands, we explore the best practices to ensure data centres are fully equipped with high-speed, ultra-dense capabilities. Multiple success factors are involved when it comes to data centre infrastructure design, to ensure that infrastructure is fully optimised and future-ready in the face of ever-increasing transmission speeds.
For Syndeticom, a specialist in the design, engineering and installation of complete ICT infrastructure solutions, the choice of cabling infrastructure is the critical foundation for enabling rapid deployment, superior performance and great end-user experience.
Three key cabling considerations to enable future-ready connectivity are:
1. Rapid connections, fast
For operators, the ability to reduce a new data centre’s time to market is most essential. Selecting a high-density pre-terminated cabling system helps simplify installation and enable superior performance in the data centre, by laying the foundation of connectivity from the fibre distribution rooms, fast.
Syndeticom began deploying Corning’s EDGE data centre solution to support the NSW GovDC program in 2012. GovDC is the first data centre and private cloud environment in Australia built specifically to meet the ICT needs of public bodies. The program mandates the consolidation of 130 New South Wales government agency data centres into two purpose-built certified facilities that meet recognised global standards of security, availability and efficiency.
With a pre-terminated optical cabling system specifically designed for the data centre environment, Corning EDGE helped the installation team to meet GovDC’s requirements for an ultra-dense, scalable, flexible and reliable cabling infrastructure. The solution was able to bring faster deployment, flexibility in supporting migration paths, speed and network uptime to support the government’s high-speed networking requirements.
As a result of deploying an all-optical pre-terminated solution, Syndeticom was able to install up to 35% faster than traditional cabling systems, and GovDC’s network was capable of quickly servicing the needs of end users. Custom-engineered components enable simple integration into common SAN directors, while the pre-terminated components allow for reduced installation time and faster moves, adds and changes (MACs).
2. Flexibility and scalability for tomorrow’s speeds
A data centre’s long-term success is tied to its ability to scale seamlessly to higher connectivity levels of the future. As 5G and IoT applications begin to take shape, data centres are constantly challenged to scale to meet growing need for higher-speed connections. Preparing the data centre’s migration path to higher speeds in the future needs to take place early in the cabling infrastructure design and planning process. For Syndeticom, incorporating a scalable platform to enable simple migration when needed is critical, and the choice of structured cabling solution is key to success.
For Syndeticom, Corning’s EDGE was a suite of end-to-end connectivity products that allowed native migration from current network transceivers and optics to be expanded into using 40, 100 and 200G network speeds and transceivers.
With customers ranging from large, complex organisations to state and federal government agencies, data centre infrastructure needs to have sufficient built-in redundancy. If one element fails, there will be another to take its place without affecting service. The infrastructure put in place today must be able to scale seamlessly as connectivity needs evolve. The choice of pre-terminated optical cabling from the onset means a faster performing network to meet the requirements for today’s and future data rates.
3. Reliable, seamless experience
While timing pressures are inherent to projects for data centres, the cabling infrastructure must still maintain reliability and yield consistent high quality. Corning’s EDGE provides increased system density when compared to traditional pre-terminated systems, and has the highest port density in the market. The underlying bend-optimised optical fibre is the core element ensuring reliability for custom-engineered components, enabling significantly greater density across the range combined with simple design and integration for LAN and SAN areas within the data centre, while pre-terminated components allow for reduced installation time and faster moves, adds, and changes (MACs).
Data centre operators and the partners who design their infrastructure should aim for continuous, seamless communication and data processing, with low latency and disruption to the end user. Installing the right cabling infrastructure solution now will enable data centre operators to reap greater financial benefits from the outset, retain and attract more customers and offer the flexibility to meet every demand.
Dennis Kom, Director – Global & Strategic Accounts, Asia Pacific, Enterprise Networks, Corning Optical Communications