Growth in a data center isn't just about making your network handle today's—or even tomorrow's—traffic. It's about planning for years and years down the road.
This is the seventh in a Telect blog series, entitled The ABCs of Cable Management. Marketing Supervisor Angela Schneider reports on the quest to keep wireless networks on pace with user demands.
Today's data centers are supporting bandwidth at 100 Gbps. The demand to reduce latency and deliver bigger, faster, more is a never-ending quest to satisfy the mobile users' demands for live streaming, uploads and downloads.
You might even say the demand is out of this world!
According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, by 2021 we'll each have 3.5 networked devices and connections.
(That's globally. In North America, we'll be uber-connected, with 12.9 devices per person.)
Data will be traveling at 53 Mbps on broadband and 20 via mobile, up from 27.5 and 6.8, respectively, in 2016.
We are at the dawn of a new age of smart cities, connected cars and refrigerators that tell us when we're about to run out of milk. It requires communications providers to build out their fiber networks from the core to the edge.
Sports stadiums and large facilities, like convention centers, are hosting their own networks with distributed antenna systems (DAS). Large school campuses are upgrading their services to host their own cell service and Wi-Fi networks.
If 5G networks are expected to carry up to 1,000 times more bandwidth, network providers will require lots of fiber to be successful.
So, they're building out to meet those goals. But what comes after 5G?
"You need to understand the maximum scale of your network within a facility and plan for more," says Spencer Williams, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Strategy at Telect.
Your data center must be flexible enough to keep supporting higher speeds with little interruption. That translates into higher port-density, which means nothing without lending careful consideration to cable management.
As you prepare to scale your network, you must take care to structure your facility with the ability to access, maintain and add to your fiber count. You need to have control over every connector, every port, just like consumers want control over all their devices on the other end of your network.
Without the efficiency of an organized cable management system, you're just going to be fishing around in the dark, while your network quality suffers.
Angela Schneider is the Marketing Supervisor at Telect. She gets her kicks learning about fiber optic networks and the impact Telect products have on the everyday use of our devices.
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