CommScope: AI, Private Cloud and Fibre to define 2021
No one disputes the fact that 2021 will be a transformational year for the data centre, networking and telecom industries. As the pandemic rages on, enterprises around the world are accelerating digital transformations and increasing their reliance on the infrastructure that supports it.
This week, we touch base with Alastair Waite, William O’Connell, and Lewis White from US network infrastructure provider CommScope, who share their insights and predictions for the technologies set to enable the ongoing global digital transformation of the digital infrastructure space.
AI Adoption will Increase
“Incorporation of AI applications has been an ongoing trend for data centres, and we see no sign of this slowing down,” says Alastair Waite, who works on the Data Centre Market Development team at CommScope.
“Across data centres, AI is being used to drive safety and security applications like automatic temperature checks, touchless authorisation and traffic monitoring, for example.
“AI/ML data is typically housed in very large data lakes and specialised servers equipped with accelerators are ideally suited to processing AI/ML tasks. Data centre networks are ramping up bandwidth to feed these systems with very large data pipes, enabling the cost-effective development of AI tools.”
Private Cloud Acceleration
“We’ve recently observed an accelerated adoption of private cloud infrastructure. Despite the recent view that everything would ultimately move to the public cloud, companies that maintain large data centres are finding private clouds less expensive than public clouds,” comments William O’Connell, Cloud Sales Manager at CommScope.
“What’s more, many companies have realised that they need to keep financial, healthcare and other sensitive information in private clouds, and that some applications simply can’t be converted to the public cloud.”
The Drive to Single-Mode Fibre
Lastly, Lewis White, VP of Enterprise Infrastructure at CommScope, notes that, “To facilitate the growth of data centre capacity and the continuous improvement in DC efficiency, fibre networks are shifting the bandwidth of network optics up.
“This will create a need for more efficient network switching elements and drive the use of ‘fibre to the server’ as previous generations of copper cabling reach speed and distance limitations.”
Inside the future of Ireland’s subsea cable landscape
On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, experts from Aqua Comms, GTT, euNetworks, the IDA, and European data centre leader Interxion will take part in a virtual panel to explore the evolving relationship between subsea cabling, digital transformation, Data Gravity and the future of Ireland’s digital economy.
You can tune in to the event, which is taking place between 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM JST on Tuesday, here - or view it later on-demand. The hour-long panel will also conclude with a 20 minute Q&A session with the audience, moderated by Interxion’s Senior Director of Market Development, Mike Hollands.
The Gateway to Europe
Since the first transatlantic cable was laid in 1858, briefly connecting Newfoundland and Valentia Island in County Kerry, Ireland has served as a critical gateway for North American organisations looking to gain access to Europe.
Today, some of the largest firms in the world, like Pfizer, Janssen, Zurich, Metlife, Google and VmWare use Ireland for their European Headquarters. The combination of an English-speaking workforce (a boon made all the more important as Brexit makes the UK and the north of Ireland an increasingly complex environment that provides diminishing opportunities to access the rest of Europe), a cultural and regulatory landscape that welcomes foreign investment, and world-class connectivity makes the country an unparalleled choice for firms looking to establish a foothold in the EU.
As a result, Ireland has become one of the world’s leading data centre hubs. And, thanks to the exponential growth of Data Gravity, and the increasingly essential nature of digital infrastructure, Ireland’s role as a launchpad into Europe is only likely to grow more prominent.
The future of Ireland’s digital economy is, experts from Interxion argue, closely linked to its ability to provide connectivity between Europe and North America. The further development of the country’s subsea cable industry will form the keystone of the discussion being held on Tuesday, as experts from throughout the industry share their insights into the challenges and opportunities that face operators working towards a more connected future for Ireland.
Meet the Experts
On Tuesday, speakers from the IDA, Aqua Comms, GTT Communications, euNetworks, and Interxion will discuss key themes, including key facts about Ireland’s existing subsea infrastructure, plans for the future of the industry, the challenges that need to be overcome, the interaction between subsea and terrestrial networks, and the next steps in Ireland’s role as the gateway to Europe.
Ciarán Delaney has served as the VP of Operations and Optical Engineering at GTT since 2017. With more than 10 years worth of experience in the telecoms industry, he’s a leading expert on transatlantic connectivity, with an in-depth knowledge of both submarine and terrestrial cable systems.
Currently serving as the CEO and Director of the Board at Irish submarine cable firm Aquacomms, Nigel Bayliff has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom infrastructure market. His past roles have granted him unique perspectives gained from buying, building and running international submarine cable networks as an operator as well as developing and implementing cables as a constructor.
As the Head of Infrastructure Investment at euNetworks, Toby Williams has spent over a decade developing digital infrastructure throughout Europe, Ireland, and the UK. He has also done extensive work developing dark fibre networks, which are a key component in providing the agility and capacity necessary for operators to overcome the challenges posed by Data gravity.
The Irish Investment Development Agency (IDA) is one of the key drivers of overseas investment in the country, and is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Shane Nolan has worked in various roles throughout the IDA for more than 18 years, and is currently serving as the organisation’s Head of Technology & Emerging Business.
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company, is one of Europe’s leading data centre operators and, as part of Digital Realty’s Platform DIGITAL, is taking a leading role in raising awareness of the threat posed by Data Gravity. Mike Hollands has served as Interxion’s Senior Director of Marketing Development & Strategy since 2017, and is a 15 year veteran of the industry. At Tuesday’s event, he will serve as moderator, guiding the discussion surrounding the evolution of Ireland’s role as a gateway to Europe and regional data centre and subsea cabling hub.