DATA CENTER PRINT ROUND TABLE
Data Center Print Round Table
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Q. Others are seeing a more substantial increase in the
bandwidth requirements of data centers. Where are you
Businesses are expecting lower costs. Managers are expecting seeing this happen?
more with less. Security threats pose unfortunate risks. A. Data center bandwidth requirements are escalating to 40 gigabit
Government regulations are requiring audit trails. End-users and 100 gigabit requirements. To account for increased bandwidth
are demanding near-constant availability with feature-rich needs, a standard around 100 Gigabit Ethernet is currently in
content at a low cost. At the middle of it all, data centers
development within the IEEE. Google and other Internet services
need to be managed to meet rising global demands. How do
you manage all of these new challenges when being asked companies expressed support for 100 Gigabit Ethernet at IEEE
to design and manage a state-of-the-art data center? claiming that their IEEE 10 Gigabit infrastructure is not sufficient
Anixter has interviewed executives from IBM, Security Technology to service their data center requirements, and they have a need to
Executive magazine and data communications cabling associations get to higher bandwidths. An order of magnitude above 10 gigabit
such as the IEEE and the TIA to uncover answers to some of is absolutely necessary in order to better service the bandwidth
the key questions around data center infrastructure, security intensive applications of their customers and end-users.
and sustainability. Anixter also shares commentary on trends – Chris Di Minico President
and best practices in these areas. Below are just a few pieces MC Communications
of the data center optimization puzzle that we will help you Q. How important is security in a data center?
solve at our 2009 Seminar Series.
A. Before someone is granted access to the data center, credentials
are required. Those either get accepted or denied, and the accepted
Q. When planning your data center, what are some person is let into the data center. The tend today in many data cen-
key considerations? ters is to go with minimal security personnel on staff. You might
A. The data center must support the needs of the business. have large facilities managed by one or two people, especially over
Questions to consider include, “What kind of reliability do I need the weekends and at night. These people cannot be everywhere at
to have in this data center? What type of redundancy do I need every time. However, there are ways to use video as a verification
to have? Do I need to plan extra space in my data center because tool to allow security personnel or Data Center Managers inside the
my company is planning acquisitions or worldwide consolidations? data center to remotely see who might be presenting his/her