With the rapid growth of consumers and major companies around the world for bandwidth, data centers need to continue to expand to provide more computing, storage, and network capacity. In addition, machine learning requires the use of remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology, and some of its new applications have further increased the connection requirements of the data center.
Nowadays, this kind of data storage and calculation mostly occurs in ultra-large-scale data centers. The so-called ultra-large-scale data center refers to large-scale business-critical facilities that can provide efficient support for robust and scalable applications. With the continuous growth of market demand, such ultra-large-scale data centers and edge computing sites are developing rapidly. It is estimated that by 2025, the total revenue of ultra-large-scale data centers will reach 108 billion U.S. dollars. Today, there are approximately 600 hyper-scale data centers in operation worldwide, which is twice the number five years ago.
The ultra-large-scale data center involves a wide range of businesses, including cloud platform services (SaaS/PaaS), social media, Internet search, game platforms, etc. As long as we look at the quarterly reports of these companies, it is not difficult to find that this type of business is very profitable, and the motivation to continue to increase investment is very obvious. However, some key challenges limit the large-scale development of hyper-scale data centers. Capital is one aspect, but these companies usually have a stable cash flow, so the main factors limiting their development are the availability of other resources, such as land, electricity, and construction workers.
In an optical fiber network, the fastest way to connect two ports is to use an optical cable with connectors pre-installed at both ends. This eliminates the need for on-site fusion of the optical cable, which greatly shortens the installation time and does not need to be in a labor shortage environment. For data center interconnection (DCI) applications, multiple data center buildings need to be connected in a campus. To use optical cables with pre-installed connectors, the difficulty depends on the number of optical fibers that need to be laid between the buildings and the limited optical cable ducts. Since it is a super-large-scale data center, you can imagine the number of optical fibers we need to lay between buildings, which means that the installation of optical cables requires many large-sized pre-terminated optical cable installation protection handles. In fact, these installation protection handles are too large to pass through the standard 10cm pipes used in data center environments. Therefore, in order to use pre-terminated optical cables in data center interconnection applications, it is necessary to find a way to solve the problem of how to allow a large number of optical fiber connectors to pass through a small space.
The fast connection solution uses an innovative technology that starts with our fiber-to-the-home solution and applies it to solutions optimized for large-scale data center environments. While maintaining the fiber density of the fiber optic cable, the connectors are pre-terminated at both ends, which reduces the space of the pipe or bridge that the park needs to reserve for the fiber optic cable, and does not need to hire skilled workers to complete the fiber optic cable between the data center buildings.
Since there is no need to perform fiber optic splicing operations, you can deploy new network capacity up to 70% faster to better meet future needs. At the same time, it also means rapid deployment and rapid profitability.
With the outbreak of the new crown epidemic and the surge in bandwidth demand, hyper-scale data center operators have realized that traditional data center connection methods cannot be implemented in a labor shortage environment. The launch of the EDGE quick connection solution coincided with the timing. While helping operators achieve network expansion, the construction period of the optical cable installation project was shortened from the past six weeks to about two weeks.
A pre-terminated solution like EDGE fast connection is a major improvement over the traditional field fusion splicing method. It provides a simple and feasible way for data centers to achieve high-density optical fiber communication, making it possible to achieve rapid and efficient network expansion in the future. For your data center, this means that whether it is now or in the future, the use of EDGE fast connection solutions can solve your worries, save time, and achieve rapid revenue growth.