What does the Data Center required by the Digital Transformation look like?

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Ensuring access, availability and scalability of data in the Cloud requires a 100% reliable and robust network infrastructure. These are the recommendations of Furukawa Solutions specialists.

Today’s world demands increasingly competitive organizations, understanding this concept as the capacity to allow flexible and fast access to services and applications, making systems available at all times and, fundamentally, ensuring data security and protection.

In that sense, the right environment to meet today’s demands and the demands of the future is the Data Center; either traditional, or EDGE, enabling access to public, private or hybrid clouds.

Considering that most services are in the Cloud, or depend on it to operate, it is key to keep them 100% connected from an infrastructure perspective, explains Vinicius Bollauf of Furukawa Solutions.

“The Cloud is a set of data storage infrastructures connected globally by a network of fiber-optic cables, satellite technologies and others. These points scattered across the globe are the Data Centers and the Cloud, data transport and services work within this intricate network”, he adds.

In addition, to minimize failures, it is very important that all these points are not only connected, but that they maintain a homogeneous performance, both within the Data Center and in the connections between them.

When it comes to the development of a Data Center, Vinicius Bollauf recommends a preliminary evaluation of the project, the topology, and the correct selection of fibers and cables, as well as the quantity, since these variables have an impact on speed and latency.

It will also be essential to consider some key instances such as choosing a solution that offers the best long-term benefit, studying the compatibility of the products with the rest of the network equipment beforehand and ensuring that the selected technology is included in the standard.

Furukawa has developed a complete range of copper and fiber optic connectivity technologies, racks, duct systems for intelligent cabling, as well as value-added services such as engineering support for design and installation.

Some of the advantages of developing Data Centers with future-proof connectivity technologies are:

– High Availability: factory-tested communication channels to ensure full availability and in different topologies, to reduce failures and minimize downtime risks. 

– Modularity: it is possible to expand optical networks by adding “plug and play” and high density components, reducing installation time and the possibility of communications failures. 

– Performance: systems that ensure transmission with Zero Bit Error are essential to meet future migration trends. 

– Physical Layer Management: this system ensures the automatic update of network documentation and also facilitates the physical location of the devices connected to the network, allowing a faster and more secure infrastructure management. 

– Security: the implementation of a physical management system layer allows the physical point of the network to be managed and mapped onto a software platform so that the IT Manager can be sure it is interconnected. Any unauthorized movement on the patch panels and/or optical distributors will trigger alarms, allowing the IT team to instantly identify failures. 

– High Density: solutions that allow expansion to meet future demands, quickly and without compromising the performance of the communication channels, without the need for physical expansion.

– Operational Efficiency: a cabling infrastructure designed to take full advantage of the civil project, cooling and power systems (open racks, cabling accessories adapted to the layout, hot and cold aisles, etc.).