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Scalability among key attributes for data centers, especially in government

By Donna Donnawitz
October 29, 2012
From the private sector, it can be tempting to look at government organizations as somewhat dysfunctional entities. You see, private companies have to put out maximum effort just to keep up with the competition, then find another layer of expertise and resources to gain considerably. For a long time, this left the private sector ahead of the government, at least in a surface level analysis.

Ratcheting government services up a notch
Even recent presidential debates reflected this perception, with much of the discussion centered around whether it is better to expand the government to meet national goals or enable private companies to compete to do so. But within this hotly contested area of discussion, there are a few parts of government operations that most will agree about. One of those is technology.

Information technology is becoming a major priority for the U.S. federal government. This can be seen in the efforts to consolidate data center infrastructure initiated by former federal CIO Vivek Kundra.

According to a recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance report, this project is completely changing how government organizations establish their data centers, especially since approximately 1,200 facilities are scheduled to close by 2015. If you look closely at this project, you will soon realize that the ambitious nature of the strategy involves improving how government data centers function through state-of-the-art technologies and facilities designed for efficiency and scalability.

Importance of data center scalability
Experts estimate that approximately 90 percent of all information now extant became available in the past two years, the news source said. In government, the need to handle expanding amounts of data is even greater than in the private sector, as the breadth of services performed by federal agencies and departments is staggering. As a result, it is vital that data centers are not only built as cost effectively as possible, but also designed with scalability in mind.

You can improve data center scalability by implementing fiber-optic cabling infrastructure within the data center. Using optical cabling for backhaul future proofs the network and creates bandwidth for data throughput expansion. Achieving this adaptability depends on using fiber to Ethernet media converters, which not only enable the fiber to connect to copper infrastructure, but also can provide advanced functionality to improve network performance.

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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