This opinion piece is by Andreas Sila, Market Manager Data Centre/LAN at HUBER+SUHNER

As the saying goes, it’s harder to remain at the top than it is to get there. Businesses are more than ever facing competition from all angles and need to be equipped to be at the beck and call of their customers. In 2018, internet speeds are already at a pace that we only dreamed of 20 years ago, with higher speeds still to come. A successful business must take advantage of the transition to digital with solutions which facilitate fast and flexible connectivity. They must ensure that they can flourish and remain operational – even at the highest levels of productivity. Companies must be prepared to evolve to fulfil the huge amount of communications needed to serve new markets in different regions with new services.

The D Word

It’s all about demand. The demand for higher data rates, more bandwidth and higher densities are driving upgrades to enterprise networking technologies. Cisco predicts that global data centre traffic will increase to 19.5 percent by 2021, compared to just 6 percent in 2016. Future upgrades for Power over Ethernet, Software-Defining Networking and 5G will further challenge companies existing infrastructure. Networking technologies must evolve sooner rather than later to keep up with densification rates as we approach 5G.

As requirements for our networks increase on almost a daily basis, calls for improvements to connectivity are too. Larger companies may find their optical needs are not met because of their productivity requirements. Network engineers are being constantly challenged with upgrading the physical infrastructure to ensure flexible, low energy consumption and speed while being cost-effective and user-friendly. Some opt for a building block approach to ensure planned and reactive upgrades can happen. By upgrading infrastructure piece by piece on a pay-as-you-grow infrastructure for higher data rates, it ensures the connected-hub is scalable and adaptive in the leap towards 400G.

High-density fibre optic management systems provide the necessary solution to this common issue, holding the expertise to facilitate fast, flexible and future-proofed connectivity in the data centre. Data centres, which are constantly evolving and adapting to reflect demands placed on them, need to be able to accommodate these changes as cost-effectively and as quickly as possible.

This is why keeping up with innovation is crucial – we can all think of companies that once held the reigns only to become victims of their own success by not adapting to change. Utilising an all-in-one fibre data centre management solution which seamlessly provides a future-proofed and flexible fibre management system could be the answer to staying ahead of competitors.

In the transition to digital, concerns may be on the radar for companies wishing to go down this route, but they must not be alarmed. More fibres will mean more cable management and more space taken up. Yet by looking at what is on the market, user-friendly, cost-effective, adaptable and reliable solutions can be found. If companies want to be future-ready, start by assessing your current infrastructure and cabling management practices. Acknowledging your equipment needs a revamp is the starting point and will then allow steps to be made in the right direction.

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