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Green technologies supported by fiber deployments

By Donna Donnowitz
March 18, 2014

The idea of a green data center is rapidly growing in popularity, but companies interested in exploring these options may need to update their cabling solutions as well to take full advantage of green technologies. With the appropriate media converter and fiber-optic cabling, data centers can be optimized for more environmentally-friendly operations.

A recent study by RnR Market Research has found that the green data center market is likely to see expansive growth by 2019, increasing at a CAGR of 27.2 percent over the next five years. Referring to the enterprise class of computing facilities that are built, managed, and operated on green computing principles, green data centers perform much the same as traditional solutions but with reduced energy consumption, waste output and overall operating costs.

Nearly every industry is embracing green technologies to optimize internal operations and those of their data centers. From finance to transportation, verticals are focusing on energy efficiency not only to reduce their own costs, but to provide stronger service to their customers across the board. According to the report, banking, financial services and the insurance industries are expected to provide the largest overall growth to green data center deployments, with health care expected to show a high year-over-year investment rate as well.

Going green within the data center requires some significant changes to technology that businesses need to be sure they are prepared for. Not only must server hardware be enhanced to reduced cooling demands and power consumption, but factors such as airflow, environmental levels and cabling need to be optimized as well. This requires additional investments in hardware and tools like fiber to copper converters.

Fiber provides some significant benefits over copper due to the increased energy efficiency of a fiber-optic network. A full deployment serves to enhance the savings goals firms have while increasing the flexibility of their cabling as well, which will help to improve cable management and airflow optimization, resulting in improved cooling efficiency.

Ultimately, green efforts are a full facility initiative, not a simple technology change that businesses can make. By going all the way, companies will see the largest results, and in return the biggest positive impact on operations possible.

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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