Networks Europe Jul-Aug 2019 - Page 39

INTERVIEW By Sam Darwish, Sales Manager Telecoms, Microlease (Now part of Electro Rent Corporation) Microlease is an equipment service and distribution provider to the test and measurement industry across Europe, Asia, and the US. It helps clients deploy equipment when and where needed in the most cost-effective manner via rental, leasing, and asset management. With over 40 years of experience, the company offers independent and expert advice to help customers find exactly the right solution for them, with equipment rental offering fast and flexible access to the test equipment data centres need with ongoing advice and support. What have been the most significant changes to the industry over the past five years? We’ve witnessed a growth in the number of new data centres looking for help with test and measurement. Then there are existing data centres that are upgrading or expanding their systems; it’s often the older data centres that are moving from copper to fibre and need help with fibre testing technology to ensure a smooth transition. 1 What challenges do data centre managers face? For new data centres, the challenge is to ensure every element of their increasingly complex systems are functioning correctly during installation and commissioning so they can easily achieve certification. Uptime is a key SLA for data centre managers and maintaining good uptime rates is essential to maintain and grow customers. A good operational testing strategy will help ensure all systems are functioning reliably and efficiently to protect uptime. Power consumption is also a significant issue. It’s important to identify where power consumption is higher than necessary. This reduces energy costs and prevents unnecessary additional heating effects where power consumption is high. For older data centres, there’s also a significant challenge where they are moving from a copper-based architecture to fibre. Upgraded systems need to be fully tested and data centre staff might not have the expertise in fibre that’s necessary for the upgrade. 2 39 Solving the toughest technical and financial test equipment challenges to ensure data centre managers have the network overview they need Where do you see the data centre industry heading in the future? Data transmission is growing all the time, whether it’s mobile data through faster 5G networks or the vast volumes of data produced by autonomous systems such as driverless cars. So, we expect growth in the number of new data centres, as well as the updating and renovation of existing facilities. Many data centre owners are expressing a desire to obtain more of their power from renewable energy sources to help them and their customers meet their environmental goals. Demand for cloud processing and edge computing is also growing, and this will drive a more distributed network of smaller data centres cable of offering the ultra-low latency required for cloud processing. 3 What will be the market drivers for the future? With the growth of IoT and the number of devices relying on cloud processing and storage increase, demand for data centre storage and computing power is likely to continue to accelerate. New technology will drive up bandwidth and reduce latency. Data centre managers will be under pressure to deliver even better uptime, especially for mission-critical applications such as autonomous vehicles. Larger data centres will be required to achieve the economies of scale for customers who need to reduce costs but at the same time smaller, more distributed data centres will be needed to serve ultra-low latency needs of some applications. 4 What lies ahead for Microlease/Electro Rent? We’re always looking ahead to ensure that we have the equipment and product knowledge to support the industry. Our inventory is constantly refreshed to make sure we can offer our customers the best the market has to offer while maintaining legacy equipment so we can continue serving older installations. We also work to make sure our customers have the knowledge they need to use equipment they may not have used before, for example using thermal imaging cameras for heat-mapping, to find hotspots and faults. n 5