Data centers have evolved significantly in recent decades, but from the helter-skelter early 80s floor plans to today’s carefully planned, interoperable and complicated IT networks one thing remains constant. The physical layer remains the core infrastructure “plumbing” on which a data center is built. While the recent economic slowdown caused some firms to delay data center building and expansion plans, those moving forward with construction should consider this fundamental and basic need during the data center boom’s second coming.

Surveys from organizations such as Campos Research, indicated that as many as 50 percent of respondents plan to either expand or build entirely new data centers over the next two years, but many experts warn that these companies will not solve their underlying problems by recreating the same problems into a newer, larger data center.1 The issue of data center capacity cuts across industries, as more organizations reach the limits of physical network infrastructures. The problem is further exacerbated by planned and unplanned moves, additions and changes of cables and equipment.

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