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Data Centre Cabling Deployment

Data Centre Cabling Deployment

We solve our customer's data centre challenges with cutting-edge solutions for today's and tomorrow's connectivity needs.

Data Centre Cabling Deployment

Tips for Managing Data Centre Deployment on a Global Scale

Managing Data Centre Deployment on a Global Scale

Whether you’re a global firm or a more local enterprise, we believe many of these best practices for data centre deployment can apply to your organisation.

At Corning, we’re privileged to work with thousands of customers on their data centres, providing support ranging from design advice and installation support to full-project management. And we learn a lot from them about the best ways to handle for multi-location deployment.

Whether you’re a global firm with networks in dozens of countries, or a more local enterprise with sites in the same time zone, we believe many of these best practices apply to your organisation, too.

Standardise on a Consistent Infrastructure

It can be tempting to let each site design a data centre cabling infrastructure solely on its unique needs or physical location. But this often hinders scalability within the organisation. For example, staff moving from one location to another may not be able to get up to speed quickly on the new data centre physical topography because of variations from their last location. It can be difficult to implement organisation-wide network moves, adds and changes (MACs) on a predictable, timely, and manageable scale when each location has its own infrastructure platform.

Of course, many of our customers also recognise that a degree of locational flexibility is critical. As many organisations aren’t in a position to construct every building identically from the foundation up, you’ll inevitably end up with physical differences between sites. One may require hardware that is shallow due to physical space limitations – in the other location it may make more sense to increase density per square foot to address the space issue. In some of our customers’ global locations, labour challenges make a factory-terminated solution the only option; yet in another country, field-termination is the smarter choice.

With this in mind, consider solutions that allow for location-specific needs while still leveraging components that work together. We believe our EDGE™ Solutions data centre platform offers big advantages through multiple “flavours” that are still interoperable. Our platform also allows easy, organisation-wide stocking of components. Your procurement teams will appreciate the purchasing efficiencies this creates.

Make Sure Global Really Means Global

When you’re evaluating your infrastructure options, look carefully at where products are manufactured. Sure, today’s products can be shipped anywhere, but not necessarily cheaply or quickly. Manufacturers who produce in your region – or at a minimum, keep the technology stocked with local distributors – are more likely to get products in your hands on time and on budget.

On a related note, check to see if the same product is manufactured in two different locations. If you’re getting multiple shipments, you might not be getting the same product. Sometimes the specifications, materials, and even dimensions of a product may differ from location to location. Truly global solutions will ensure that the technology you select to deploy across your organisation is identical from site to site.

While this may seem to be only a concern for those organisations that really are global, close-to-home operations can take a lesson from this as well. Some of our customers, to their eventual regret, have treated base components – like cables or connectors – between manufacturers as interchangeable commodities. This can certainly result in performance differences. More often, it leads to installation and maintenance practices that differ by location, also creating scalability inefficiencies for your organisation in the future.


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