The Partners That Modernize Interconnectivity for Cloud and Data Center Solutions

March 9, 2023
A case study in how interconnection modernization translates into business benefits, featuring Belden and Montreal-based colocation specialist eStruxture.

This concludes our article series on interconnectivity considerations that will help data center and cloud organizations maintain their competitive edge in a connectivity-driven economy.

If you’re keeping your finger on the pulse of this industry, you’ll quickly see that it’s all moving at breakneck speeds. This is true with new constructions, mergers and acquisitions, and deployments. It is also true with the network requirements and speeds our networks need to function.

Partners like Belden and their data center solutions have cemented their status as vital for business and everyday life, even though many things were put on hold during the pandemic.

Beyond the pandemic, we’ve continued to see a massive rise in connected devices and network requirements. A recent Deloitte report indicates that, on average, U.S. households now have 22 connected devices. To support this, data centers must have the connectivity architecture to support low latency and fast communications.

A recent Deloitte report indicates that, on average, U.S. households now have 22 connected devices. To support this, data centers must have the connectivity architecture to support low latency and fast communications.

Let’s look at a real use case where connectivity made a real difference.

eStruxture — Faster Time-to-Market, Faster Networks, Happier Tenants

Headquartered in Montreal, eStruxture offers mission-critical hosting services to an ecosystem of over 900 customers, such as carriers, cloud providers, media content, financial services, and enterprise customers that need uninterrupted power, cooling, security, and network services.

Today, eStruxture is the largest Canadian-owned network and cloud-neutral data center provider with locations in Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Throughout Canada, eStruxture offers colocation, private cloud, managed services, bandwidth, and security and support services to customers across Canada in its carrier and cloud-neutral facilities.
eStruxture — Colocation Challenges and Emerging Requirements

Like many in the data center industry, eStruxture was looking for ways to improve its density, deliver more connections, and go to market faster. The team searched for a solution to manage high-density fiber and high numbers of connections while trying to meet their tight timelines to get up and running for their customers.

They needed to be very careful of how much space they used as they wanted to offer the most services within their location. The other key challenge was finding a partner to overcome supply chain challenges and help the colocation company become more competitive.

eStruxture — The Modernization of MMRs and Connectivity

To create higher density levels and an improved market strategy, eStruxture selected the DCX system, which offered leading density and quality standards. The other key benefit was that the DCX met eStruxture’s aggressive go-to-market timelines and strict budget.

The collaborative approach of the team of experts, the track record, and access to the engineering team to customize a solution that catered to their needs, set Belden apart.

Other benefits include:

  • The ability to stack the ODFs back-to-back offered space-savings
  • The flexibility of being able to view the connectivity and having easy access to all the ports
  • Interconnections are highly visible and easy to organize and pass cables

Leaders in the data center and colocation space must handle large amounts of fiber connections and fiber density without compromising ease of use. Solutions like the DCX System optimize the ROI of your fiber infrastructure, reducing capital and operating expenses to offer a lower total cost of ownership.

Another critical benefit became apparent after the deployment was completed. Due to the modularized deployment methodology, eStruxture realized they could replicate this design in other locations of their critical infrastructure. With this design, eStruxture had the convenience of having a repeatable configuration deployed on their other sites.

The final result for eStruxture was a modernized MMR and intermediate distribution architecture, which immediately positively impacted clients and tenants. The DCX housings offered density, efficiency, and, most of all, scalability.

For the business, this translates to lower costs on space while utilizing existing infrastructure to its fullest capacity. Furthermore, easy-to-install splice cassettes and cabling components made managing critical infrastructure much easier resulting in fewer human errors and more efficiency.

Leaders in the data center and colocation space must handle large amounts of fiber connections and fiber density without compromising ease of use. Solutions like the DCX System optimize the ROI of your fiber infrastructure, reducing capital and operating expenses to offer a lower total cost of ownership.

Download the entire report, Top 5 Interconnectivity Considerations to Keep a Competitive Edge in a Digital Market, featuring Belden, exclusive content including how to see the benefits of improved connectivity architecture and tips for getting started.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. Bill is currently a freelance analyst, speaker, and author for some of our industry's leading publications.

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