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The Network’s Role in an Adaptive Data Center: Recap

Aligned Energy’s CIO writes about networks in adaptive data centers as part of Data Center Frontier's Voices of the Industry series.


Quick take

  • Rajendran Avadaiappan, Aligned Energy’s CIO, is featured on Data Center Frontier’s Voices of the Industry series, where he explores the benefits of adaptiveness in network infrastructure.
  • An adaptive network can offer benefits similar to those delivered by the cloud.
  • See the full article for more on how an adaptive network can facilitate innovation and growth.

Aligned Energy’s CIO Rajendran Avadaiappan is the latest contributor to Data Center Frontier’s Voices of the Industry series. With Voices of the Industry, DCF taps the experience of data center executives on the front lines of innovation and market dynamics and shares their insights with readers.

In The Network’s Role in Adaptive Data Centers, Raj explains that there is a lot of talk about dynamic infrastructure in terms of data center power and cooling systems – because that is where the biggest upfront cost is. But the concept applies to the network, too. “Just as there are tremendous benefits in terms of cost, reliability, and flexibility when power and cooling infrastructure are adaptive, the same benefits can be realized when network infrastructure is adaptive.”

“A truly adaptive network enables businesses to respond to changes in technologies and in customer demands.” – Click to tweet

One of the chief benefits of the cloud is its flexibility, Raj says. The cloud enables innovation and growth because users can provision the compute, storage, and network resources they need without regard to how utilized the data center is from a power, space, or network perspective. But the data center can help facilitate innovation and growth in the same way. As Raj writes:

“Data center infrastructure (power, cooling, and network) can be designed to adapt – expand or scale – as technology and business needs change. It is dynamic infrastructure for a dynamic world – a data center with power, cooling, and network infrastructure that doesn’t have to be fully built on Day 1. It can be added or reconfigured as the needs of its users change.”

Raj explores how block-like network infrastructure improves scalability. Another element of scalability, he says, is the network’s ability to support more traffic through each port. And a third: “the ability to flexibly associate or dissociate a particular server or port into a network or out of a network.” He discusses how the challenge in achieving that kind of scalability is often the “last mile” connections between the local carrier hotel and the data center, and how to overcome that challenge.

“Dynamic infrastructure is designed specifically to adapt as the world adapts, to remove the burden of static legacy infrastructure.” – Click to tweet

Want to know more about the benefits of an adaptive network? Read Raj’s full Voices of the Industry article on Data Center Frontier.

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