When evaluating your data center connectivity, there are many reasons to consider dark fiber, including cost control, flexibility, security, and scalability. To quickly understanding the basics of fiber optics, see my blog posting, “Tech Primer: Dark Fiber, Lit and Wavelengths.”
Some IT colleagues have asked me, “What is dark fiber and what’s the difference between lit and wavelengths?” Let’s begin by understanding the basic concepts of fiber optics and the difference between dark and lit fiber.
Enterprise customers who are searching for a data center for a 200kW or higher critical infrastructure, have a wide range of wholesale colocation providers to choose from. Besides deciding on the physical location to house their infrastructure, these customers must have some important questions to ask a colocation provider such as redundancy, power billing options, network connectivity, high density availability, scalability and services such as DCIM or remote hands.
During a recent RagingWire data center tour, a potential client asked, “Is it hot in here?” Much to everyone’s surprise, the tour director smiled as he answered, “Yes, yes it is.” The reason behind the tour director’s happiness goes much deeper than you might think.
Since the birth of the integrated circuit in the 1950s, Silicon Valley has become the destination for high tech entrepreneurship. Located in Northern California, the term "Silicon Valley" was coined in the 1970s and gained popularity in the 1980’s with the emergence of the personal computer. In Silicon Valley, capacity and capability came together to create some of the greatest technical innovations in history.
We are in the era of on-demand data delivery. The proliferation of cloud computing and information sharing has created a sort of data center boom. There are more users, more devices and a lot more services being delivered from the modern data center environment.
I have had the pleasure of leading customer-facing support organizations for the past 15 years, and during that time I have managed hundreds of employees. Over time I noticed a common thread: the happier the employees were, the happier the customers were. This is because the same set of values drives both employee experience and customer experience (job seekers: if a company has a reputation for bad service, run the other way!).
I used to be a tape-based data backup manager – a tape labeler -- a tape rotator – a tape scheduler – a tape library/spreadsheet manager – a restore-from-tape nightmare wake-upper. My tape-based backup programs generally worked as they should, but they involved a lot of manual labor that could have been devoted to other tasks. Over two years as an IT manager, it became clear to me that there had to be a simpler, more reliable way to backup data.
The idea behind cloud computing has been around for some time. In fact, one of the very first scholarly uses of the term “cloud computing” was in 1997, at the annual INFORMS meeting in Dallas. However, the way the cloud has evolved into what we are capable of using today shows the amount of creativity and technological innovation that is possible. Distributed computing platforms are helping IT professionals conquer distance and deliver massive amounts of information to numerous points all over the world.
I had the pleasure to attend last week’s 57th meeting of the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) in Orlando, FL as part of the RagingWire team, which included folks from our data center and network engineering groups. Not only was the weather a balmy 70 degrees, but it was one of the most informative events I have been to in my career thus far.