The exponential growth and adoption of cloud computing is having a significant impact on the white space infrastructure of hyperscale and colocation data centers. As more and more companies switch to hyperscale cloud computing for its speed, reduced downtime losses, easier management and scalability based on demand, the need for data center space is skyrocketing.
According to a conference held by Gartner, by 2026 global cloud spending will exceed $1 trillion and will outperform all other areas of IT spending. This will put great pressure on cloud hyperscalers to deliver on their promises of cost effectiveness and reliability to the market whilst still effectively managing their own requirements, with sustainable practices in an economical way.
Data Centers Delivering More in Less Space
The result of this increased demand has driven data center technologies to offer ever increasing computer, network and storage resources in much smaller physical footprints, leveraging virtualisation and automation technology to deliver highly efficient resource utilisation, higher levels of redundancy and a high degree of workload mobility.
This requires that data centers implement cabling solutions that are offering higher bandwidth density in increasingly smaller footprints, more efficient cable runs and ever-increasing degrees of modularity, enabling the underpinning white space infrastructure within these environments to meet the growing demands placed upon it, in terms of flexibility, futureproofing and non-disruptive operation.
Essentially, white space infrastructure is becoming increasingly complex to manage through traditional methods, and data centers are looking for new and innovative solutions to manage this complexity and ensure the reliability and scalability of their networks.
How to Make Your Network SAFER
The SAFER methodology, created by AFL, is a comprehensive approach to designing and building white space infrastructure in data centers and offers a guiding set of principles through which data center operators can evaluate their current infrastructure state, whilst guiding planning and decision making as to how they make their infrastructure choices going forward.
It stands for Sustainable, Accessible, Flexible, Expandable and Reliable
The SAFER methodology provides a comprehensive approach for organizations to plan, operate, deploy and maintain their white space cabling infrastructure to meet these future demands. It enables organizations to deploy flexible and scalable architectures, avoid costly disruptions, and to do so with sustainability in mind.
In order to stay ahead of the curve and meet the ever-evolving needs of data center infrastructure, it’s crucial that organizations partner with innovative cabling solution providers that continuously develop advanced, scalable solutions using sustainable practices. Choosing a partner, such as AFL Hyperscale, that strives for continuous innovation will ensure you deliver a SAFER network.
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