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A Checklist for Next Generation Data Centers

When it comes to optical connectivity, suppliers are bound by a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) to minimum standards of quality and performance. Compliance with an MSA is just step one, covering checkbox items such as speed or interoperability. Differentiation between providers will show you what’s going to take your data center to the next level. Here’s what to look for, and the right questions to ask.

A Checklist for Next Generation Data Centers

When it comes to optical connectivity, suppliers are bound by a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) to minimum standards of quality and performance. Compliance with an MSA is just step one, covering checkbox items such as speed or interoperability. Differentiation between providers will show you what’s going to take your data center to the next level. Here’s what to look for, and the right questions to ask.

How do you manage speed vs power?

You can’t fight physics, and as business drivers push speed from 100gb, to 200gb, 400gb and beyond, increased power dissipation is going to happen right alongside. The more power consumption, the more expensive the technology is going to be, as well as the added complexity involved in greater speeds, such as more optical lanes and components to consider. Complexity is the enemy of reliability, and suddenly your high-speed has become what feels like a necessary evil. But it doesn’t have to be! What does the vendor in question do to address these concerns? One example is to have the technology embedded into the devices, a move that we’ve seen consistently save as much as 30% on power in some of our products.

Can I keep my existing infrastructure?

As the drive to faster speeds continues to grow, many enterprises struggle with hardware issues, and can’t even think about starting a project that involves ripping out all their existing fibre. For niche applications, your provider should be able to offer a non-MSA product, helping you to take advantage of the higher speeds and connectivity, all on the same infrastructure, in a sustainable way.

What do you offer for low-latency?

Latency is a game-changer, especially for high performance computing centers. To really understand how latency is going to affect your business operations, ask about the FEC (Forward Error Connection) which controls errors in data transmission. Some have latency as low as 80 nanoseconds and some as high as 250 nanoseconds. However, if you have a superior performing BER (Bit Error Rate), you can get away with a lower FEC, like the industry standard, BASE-R FEC (a.k.a. Firecode) with 80 nanosecond latency. Just another way to keep power low and sustainability front and center.

Is the technology cost-effective?

This question is really all about reliability. Does the technology offer enough reliability that my total cost of ownership is going to be lower than with a competitor? This is made up of a few factors, from the power consumption itself, to the cost to replace equipment over time. A good question to ask is about the Mean Time to Fail, (MTTtF) as well as the Time to 1% Fail (TT1%F). These are metrics that the vendor should easily have to hand. The quicker you need to replace your technology, the less cost-effective the solution is going to be overall. With DustPhotonic’s AuraDP, reliability is 4x more than the industry norm.

Bringing it all Together with a Solution that you Trust 

Altogether, DustPhotonics and its AuraDP™ electro-optic coupling technology, simplifies sustainability, addressing the need for lower power, without any impact on speed and reliability. Downtime? What downtime?

If you’re looking to make 2020 the year that you boost performance in your data center or high performance computing application, give us a call.