Migration plans have been on the horizon in the data center environment for a while now, and for good reason- it's an important subject, especially considering that with the rapid expansion of network use, many data centers need to be upgraded every 3-5 years to keep up with ever increasing bandwidth demand.
If you’re a data center manager tasked with outlining your organization’s migration path, you have a lot to consider. How do you determine the best path forward?
There are many ways to approach this challenge, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Two typical examples are:
Approach #1: Install a minimally compliant cabling architecture. This will save you money initially, but you’ll likely incur significantly higher costs later when you need to upgrade.
Approach #2: Install single-mode. This will allow for several generations of growth, but when you account for the cost of the transceiver and the new transceivers arriving on a regular basis, is this really the best option?
But there is another option. Enter Approach #3:
Approach #3: By looking at the entire link (cabling plus transceivers), we can arrive at a more complete cost comparison. We can identify what solutions will actually work, and then compare the costs.
How do you determine the most cost-effective migration path? The short answer is: It depends on a number of different variables, all of which are unique to your organization.
Wouldn’t it be helpful to have holistic tool that could examine all of these variables to help you arrive at the most cost-effective solution? Berk-Tek’s Own The Link Cost Calculator does just that.
This NEW tool takes into account your specific variables, your future bandwidth requirements, and the cost of a complete cabling system including the transceivers. By examining all of these factors, we can help you arrive at a cost model that helps answer the fundamental question, “What is the best migration plan for my data center?”
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