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One Company's View for the Future of the Data Center

By Eric Lebowitz August 12, 2014

Today’s data centers are expanding, with rapid growth driving a transformation in network infrastructure that includes more equipment and switches. That is a model, however, that M.H. Raza—CEO of a startup currently in “stealth mode” called Fiber Mountain—believes is unsustainable. As data centers grow, so do costs for heating, cooling, maintenance of physical space and power consumption, which Fiber Mountain believes will result in a seismic shift in networking in the industry.

“In my view, a network has to be different,” said Raza during his presentation, ‘High Performance, Low-maintenance Networking,” on Tuesday at Software Telco Congress (the NFV and SDN event), collocated with ITEXPO.

Raza’s vision of the future includes data center management (DCIM) that includes automatic discovery of network devices such as servers, switches, storage, patch panels and cable. Additionally, he believes it will become necessary for DCIM to include the capability to automatically document these devices without human intervention, a necessity as data grows more complex.

Put simply, Fiber Mountain is leveraging software-defined networking (SDN), and virtualization to take data centers to a new level of efficiency that will keep costs down moving forward. The company defines SDN includes the software control of every hardware element in a data center. Fiber Mountain’s model for DCIM of the future is called Glass Core, which replaces packet-processing hops, permitting direct connection of edge devices. With less processing happening in the network comes fewer switches and reduced heat, cooling and power costs.

Fiber Mountain’s optical core is comprised of fiber-optic cables that are programmable and can deliver 10, 40 and 100G connectivity. The company’s network designs include increased fiber cable density, particularly in the core of the network, which in turn allows for a reduction of core switches and latency associated with these switches. As Raza said during his talk, analysis by Fiber Mountain of its networking infrastructure drastically reduces latency from traditional three-tier or two-tier networks.   

Fiber Mountain’s model also enables better enables remote management of geographically dispersed facilities. By managing several data centers from a single pane of glass, Fiber Mountain creates a scenario in which customers will be able to manage data centers in different parts of the world in much the same way they would a local facility.

Over the next 60 days, Raza said, his company will release more information about its networking concepts for public consumption. He is clearly excited about the prospect of a new future for DCIM, and of course, for Fiber Mountain’s place in that future. 

“We see a different architecture over the next five to seven years,” he said during the presentation. “And we see indications of that already.”




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Digital Content Editor

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