Cloud computing has seen rapid adoption in recent years due to the fact that it offers a number of potential benefits, namely reduced costs, simple implementation and maintenance, and improved business agility. However, many businesses in the planning stages of cloud deployment are discovering that the migration process is a tad more complicated than they first thought.
As Panduit recently pointed out in a post, while the cloud does indeed reduce the amount of computing hardware a company needs for its data center, a robust physical infrastructure is still necessary for maximizing the benefits of cloud computing. Unfortunately, many executives are now finding out that neglecting to put enough focus on physical infrastructure design before making the move to the cloud can jeopardize the process before it even begins.
In terms of a private cloud — in which the infrastructure is operated solely for a single organization and can be managed by the organization or a third party on or off premise — challenges include maintaining bandwidth availability and real-time visibility into data center processes and documentation. Panduit offers both pre-configured and customized solutions based on the customer's needs to help tackle the infrastructural challenges of the private cloud.
For public cloud setup — in which the cloud infrastructure is owned by an organization selling cloud services and is made available to the general public or a large industry group — challenges will include bandwidth requirements and high density server deployments.
To tackle bandwidth requirements, Panduit offers high speed data transport (HSDT) solutions, enabling migration to OM4 fiber and Cat6A or SFP+ copper to increase bandwidth availability up to 100G Ethernet. Likewise, the company's Physical Infrastructure Manager (PIM) software platform and PIVQ Power Outlet Units offer real-time monitoring of power usage and thermal conditions, enabling workload management in high density server deployments.
After an acquisition made toward the end of 2012, Panduit has begun to evolve the cloud data center, with products such as its line of energy efficient cabinet systems offering significant advancement.
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Edited by Stefanie Mosca