4. Continued Adoption of Fiber Solutions
When it comes to high grade multimode optical fiber, as well as pre-terminated solutions, the move towards OM4 has accelerated. OM4 is being used in 40G and 100G networks around the world and that is driving users and manufactures to ask for higher grade cabling. We are working with industry standards groups on next generation fiber - like the TIA TR-42 group discussing the proposal of a wide band multimode fiber solution.
5. The Unleashing of Category 8
You might already know about the 40G standard debate that has been ongoing since its first concept demonstration in late 2012. In 2015, I think the standard will take a step closer to the light of the market with manufacturers getting ready to either put Category 8 into pre-production or provide a limited availability in anticipation of a standard which might be completed in 2015 or early 2016. Pre-standardization can be referred to as a manufacturing phase that provides a limited availably of a product to allow for customer trials and sampling - this phase will probably be the first sighting of Category 8 in the market.
6. The Modular Mix
Multitenant data centers, or Co-Los, are still the growing force in the market as well as the hyperscale, cloud and service providers of the internet data center segment. They are the biggest energy consumers and have the largest appetite for data center connectivity and monitoring solutions.
With that said, the modular data center is getting into the mix as a viable solution for increasing data center capacity. As the data deluge continues, companies can get a modular data center installed and operational within less than a year. This certainly brings a rapid deployment capability that can be a good solution for companies who may not have realized how quickly they would need to expand when seeing capacity running low.
7. A Better Understanding of DCIM
The market has been slower to implement data center infrastructure management solutions but we are seeing that customers have a better understanding of the value in DCIM to optimize data center performance over time. A DCIM solution enables organizations to monitor power and understand and plan asset refreshes and placement. I think DCIM software providers are trying to help the customer see an ROI sooner than later. Solutions providers need to engage customers on the front end to understand their problems and choose a solution that will solve those problems. So when the "go-live" takes place, the user is prepared for what they will see and how to work with it. The go-live needs to be favorable and if the planning isn't carefully thought through and executed, the result won't be optimal. Look for DCIM solution providers to place more emphasis on striving to make the user experience more beneficial.
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