Readying for data deluge
Infrastructure needs to be prepared to deal with sky high network demands
The coming growth in data in the future is staggering.
Joseph K. John, general manager, Norden Middle East, cites a recent study, which shows that a “smart home” will operate between 50 and 100 online applications in the future. The cameras on a self-driving car will collect hundreds of gigabytes of traffic data per hour and will exchange this data with servers in the cloud in order to make it useful for other road users.
The connectivity of the end devices is often based on Wi-Fi or cellular phone networks, John notes. However, almost all the antennas required for this need to be connected via cable to broadband networks, which now must in turn be further expanded.
“This explains the rising demand for higher performance cabling in this age of digitisation of production environments, services, buildings, and public and private spaces,” John says.
Further, the rapid growth of the internet and cloud computing applications has resulted in datacentre network bandwidth requirements.
Cloud applications are among the chief driving forces for this expansion, John observes.
“The number of companies using IT services from external data centres is growing, with cloud data centres being responsible for 70% of IT work around the world. Private users are increasingly using the web and the corresponding data centres for transferring images and videos,” John notes.