Fibre Optic Cable: An Essential Requirement in a Datacentre’s Infrastructure
To cope up with modern day datacentre’s needs and stringent requirements on its performance, safety, security and modularity, latest technologies and high performance equipment are a must. In the Next-Generation Datacentre Forum held recently at Manila, Country Solutions Manager at Dimension Data Philippines highlighted the need to step-up today’s datacentre to the next level because of recent emerging technologies in the field of IT including buzzwords like big data, software defined networks, security compliance, hybrid cloud, consumption model and virtualization. Thus datacentres are now required to be more agile and must support existing as well as advanced technologies.
Not only the need of IT enhancement was mentioned, rather datacentre’s infrastructure was emphasized to be built according to contemporary designs. Today’s datacentres must be reliable to provide service 24×7 without any hindrance. It is a mission critical component in a business which is responsible for storing, managing and protecting network’s core operational data. To increase datacentre’s flexibility, its infrastructure i.e. cooling, power, cabling etc., should be built in a modular fashion. Damian Hamilton, Datacentre Lead at Dimension Data Asia-Pacific, enlightened this fact with his experience in building datacentres all over the world.
When it comes to make a future-proofed datacentre infrastructure, fibre optics is the first choice of all businesses. Copper cabling has been steadily replaced by fibre optic cables because they provide several advantages over traditional copper communication lines, for example,
- No other media than fibre optic cables can provide more bandwidth for high-performance networks, which means they can carry more data
- Fibre optic cables provides immunity towards EMI/RFI, alien cross-talk issues and are less susceptible than metal cables to interference
- Optical cable and hardware can offer dramatic space savings, because they are much thinner and lighter than metal wires. It is important when datacentre real estate is at a premium
- Fibre optic cables can transmit data digitally (natural form for computer data) instead of analogically
As a result, fibre optics is a growing industry, where manufacturers are trying to bring high end products and that too at a reasonable price. The perfect choice for businesses, both big and small, can be the one that not only provides a solution but also exceptional customer service and 100% product availability. Apollo Technology is a worth mentioning choice particularly when it comes to modern datacentre infrastructure.
Datacentres commonly have horizontal networks in their infrastructure, made secured using fibre optics that prevent access to the data. Since fibre optic cables does not emit electronic signals that can be monitored remotely, data transmitted over fibre is highly secured. Also, fibre cannot be tapped into without being detected. Furthermore, data security is accelerating Fibre to the Desktop (FTTD) as a common horizontal network example which can be achieved using fibre optic cables supplied by Apollo Technology.
In the development of datacentres, one thing is for sure: datacentres will keep growing with the advancement in technology, with more and more demanding requirements in terms of performance, reliability, security and modularity. It will be up to fibre optic providers like Apollo Technology to continue to bring to market high end fibre optics products to meet these requirements and play a vital role in the evolution of modern datacentres.