Cloud data center infrastructure
Telecom operators and cloud providers alike are shifting their business models to offer cloud services to their customers. The existing interconnection network to carriers, clouds or IBX and the physical data center infrastructure are a perfect place for enterprise customers to build their corporate clouds.
Renting cloud data center infrastructure is an interesting option for enterprise companies that do not want to invest in their own data center infrastructure, preferring to hire the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) instead. Together with other cloud applications such as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud-based services have become a prevailing business model. Smaller customers also benefit from cloud services, such as file storage, website hosting, office applications, video meetings etc.
Other customers are using the IT premises of telecom providers to house their own cloud data center infrastructure, which can also be outsourced or used privately. This business model is called a commercial data center, and the data center operator becomes a colocation provider. For details of applications for colocation data centers, please refer to the relevant section of the website.
Since a large number of companies and businesses have already decided to migrate to the cloud and many others are heading in the same direction, cloud service providers have to ensure the reliability of the network to deliver the expected quality.
Cloud data centers contain a massive amount of fiber connections, which are used to interconnect hardware, servers, storage and a number of other IT component in order to achieve highly automated service delivery. Spine-leaf architecture can be found in many cloud data centers, and cross-connecting systems are also beneficial, as they allow rapid reconfigurations and clear fiber routing and management. Redundancy also plays an important role and safeguards the availability of the many services running on the cloud. Plug-and-play cabling enables quick changes with guaranteed performance.
HUBER+SUHNER optical solutions allow cloud data center providers to connect high-density systems in a small footprint, without neglecting operational requirements. Usability is combined with performance to allow high bandwidth and reliability.
Edge data center
Commercial data center