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Data center performance requirements to shift in 2013

By Max Burkhalter
December 28, 2012
How companies access information and applications is changing. If you looked at enterprise computing just a decade ago, you would see an environment built around disks, software licenses and end-user hardware that guided the process. If you look at current operational models in the enterprise, you will see a world built around the data center, cloud computing and network capabilities.

A recent report from DataCenter Dynamics explained that emerging technology trends should have a major impact on enterprise IT moving forward, with significant changes coming in 2013. Among the new IT methodologies likely to emerge in 2013 is the rise of end-user experience analysis.

End-user experience analysis
The news source explained that end-user experiences are increasingly the guiding factor in how organizations evaluate application systems and decide whether they are getting the job done. This often means that traditional metrics, like key performance indicators, are being replaced by a close analysis of how applications perform relative to what end-users require, ensuring that technological solutions are able to align with business needs.

As the end-user experience is prioritized, the need for solutions that enable better application performance could also increase. The report said that application acceleration and other advanced networking tools are gaining prominence among businesses.

Considering better networks in 2013
In 2012, the rise of mobile devices, cloud computing and other emerging technologies created an environment in which many new networking demands were created. Many experts agree that this has contributed to a situation in which fiber-optic cabling solutions play a larger role in facility and data center networks. As optical infrastructure gains prominence in backhaul networks, fiber to Ethernet media converters are gaining importance. Media conversion tools enable organizations to make fiber and copper networks interoperable with one another. Businesses with these tools can increase their use of fiber in settings where it is needed without taking on the overwhelming costs of an entirely fiber-based network.

For example, a company that wants to improve network performance between its data center and primary office, which may be on a different floor of the same building, would typically use an advanced Ethernet connection built into copper infrastructure. By implementing fiber in this setting, organizations can improve performance dramatically. This would not be possible without media conversion, which makes the practice a realistic option for companies.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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