Most of existing Data Centers have been created using decentralized approach, with sizes, which often do not exceed 180 m² and a dedicated IT team. However, this reality has been transforming due to the fast global increase of data consumption and the need to fulfill this demand at the same speed. Thus, we faced the appearance of the mega Data Centers.

The IT resources have been increasingly more consolidated, once the operational efficiency of the whole data center is under its control – simplify and minimize the failure points, manager the recovery – in addition to more efficient power management by means of low power consumption and heat generation.

Another revolution we are accompanying is the impacting use of the Cloud Computing. The simultaneous increase of data consumption, storage, security and hardware requirements together with the reduction of the world costs of servers and bandwidth is driving an exponential growth either in the use or in the demand for these services.


It means that the increase in the network traffic and the new era of the IP devices (BYOD) are obliging the companies to invest in infrastructure. As a matter of fact, the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) segment is the area, which grows most within Cloud Computing. According to Gartner, IaaS is designed to achieve a rate composed of 41.3% annual growth by 2016.

Considering this scenario, the technological requirements of the telecom systems of a Data Center are critical and, in addition to hardware, the cabling shall be able to support the new technologies and future services, not only fulfilling the present demand of the network.

1. Choose a solution, which offers the best benefit over time, because the physical construction of a Data Center is done only once;
2. Study the products performances in advance, whether they have certifications from independent laboratories and their compatibility with the other accessories and equipment in the network;
3. Be sure that the selected technology is stipulated in the standard, in order to be well informed, in case of changes in the performance parameters.


Check out the advantages of Furukawa quality in the ITMAX solution for Data Center:

High Availability: Communication channels tested in factory to assure full availability and in different topologies, and proven by means of third party´s laboratories - which reduces any potential points of failure and minimized the risks of downtime.
Modularity: It is possible to expand optic networks without need of splices and with high density, reducing the time of installation and the possibility of communication failure.
Performance: Systems, which guarantee transmission with Zero Bit Error are primordial - CAT.6,
CAT.6A - and Optical Links, which fulfill 10 G and the trends for future migration at 40/100 Gbps.
Physical Layer Management: This system assures the automatic update of the documentation in the cross-connection areas of the network, and facilitates the physical localization of the devices connected in the network, making the infrastructure management more agile and secure.
Security: By means of implementation of a physical layer management system, it is possible to manage the physical point of the network and map it in a software platform, so that the IT Manager can be sure of what is interconnected. Any non-authorized movement in the patch panels and/or the optical distributors will generate alarms, and the IT team will be able to identify the failures instantly.
High Density: Solutions, which enable expansions for fast fulfillment of future demands and which do not compromise the performance of the communication channels, with no need of physical expansion, valuing the square meter of the Data Center.
Operational Efficiency: Cabling infrastructure designed to take maximum benefits from the civil project, refrigeration and power systems (open racks, cabling accessories adequate for the layout – hot and cold corridors, etc).

Understand how a Data Center is structured

• Entrance Room (ER)
The Entrance Room is a space for interconnection between the structured cabling of the Data Center and the cabling coming from the telecommunication operators.
• Main Distribution Area (MDA)
It includes the main cross-connect, which is a main point of distribution of the structured cabling of a Data Center. This is a critical area, where the main maneuvers of the Data Center are carried out.
• Horizontal Distribution Area (HDA)
This is an area used for connection with the equipment areas. It includes horizontal cross-connect (HC) and intermediary equipment.
• Zone Distribution Area (ZDA)
Point of optional interconnection of the horizontal cabling. Placed between HDA and EDA, it enables fast and frequent configuration, generally placed under the floor. It aggregates flexibility to the Data Center.
• Equipment Distribution Area (EDA)
A space designated for terminal equipment (Servers, Storage) and the data or voice communication
equipment (switches).

Rules to classify a Data Center:

According to the TIA-942-A standard, there are series of applicable rules for the classification of a Data Center called ratings. The rating considers 4 independent levels for the Telecommunications, Electric, Architecture and Mechanical systems. These levels are related to the availability of the Data Center and can be different in each of the areas mentioned above.
For the general rating, the lowest level is always considered.
Ex. T2E3A1M2is rated as: Level1

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