Increasing connectivity and adapting to market disruption are key challenges for Data Centers

The advance of digitization is radically transforming habits, processes, societies and industries. A paradigm shift that brings countless advantages, but in turn, generates exponential growth in data volume and traffic. A specialist from Furukawa defines the key characteristics that any Data Center must provide in addressing both current challenges and those that will emerge in the future.

The Data Center plays a vital role in responding to the demand for high value-added services, availability, processing, and storage of large-scale digital data required by hyperconnectivity, especially since the pandemic.

Today, Data Centers are practically the heart of digital economies, safeguarding and enabling access to data that at all times are a strategic input for businesses. And you must do it with speed, high connectivity and no margin for interruptions or service drops.

In this regard, Lucas Samyn points out that “the current scenario produces great demand in terms of transmission networks, storage capacity, response and the management of Data Centers, so it is essential to have the contribution of highly qualified professionals in this segment, and with infrastructures prepared for the protection and maintenance of data”.

“In recent years there has been an unprecedented increase in information traffic that has been demanding, not only on connectivity networks, but also with regards to the storage, response and management capacity offered by Data Centers. This new reality requires investment in infrastructure that is prepared to handle the transmission, protection and maintenance of data, with availability that is as close as possible to 100%,” the specialist from Furukawa explained.

In turn, the business world is increasingly being challenged to move with speed and agility in adapting to business needs, and meeting growing demand from consumers. Good data management is therefore fundamental, as it allows trends to be forecast and new business opportunities to be identified.

That is why scaling the IT infrastructure is a great challenge for organizations, but also a great opportunity to reduce operating expenses, streamline processes and become more efficient and reliable with each day.

A study from Arizton Advisory & Intelligence suggested that the storage infrastructure market in Latin America has been showing strong growth in recent years and is expected to reach a turnover of USD$ 7.8 billion by 2026 [1]. For the industry to meet these projections, it is key that Data Centers are designed with high connectivity and availability, based on redundancy, energy and operational efficiency, as well as excellent maneuverability.

Furukawa Engineer Lucas Samyn points out that Data Centers are complex structures that present very specific characteristics. Operating Data Centers therefore requires management skills, clearly established objectives and the implementation of best practices.

Samyn added that some vital characteristics for any Data Center of the present and future include:

– High availability: minimizes downtime risks.

– High density and operational efficiency: lower energy costs.

– Performance: performance and high transmission speeds.

– Management: BIM architecture with management software.

– Future-proof: modular solutions that allow growth.

– Support and monitoring services for storage and connectivity infrastructure projects, with a guarantee of at least 25 years for these assets, which are essential to business operations.

An Accenture study highlighted the need for companies to invest in advanced network capabilities that will increase their revenue 2.5 times faster over the next three years. This is due, among other reasons, to the fact that the previous network technologies were not created for today’s highly distributed Cloud world, which involves edge devices and remote work.