In a world that constantly demands greater and greater connectivity, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the rollout of 5G is well underway. Telecom companies boast that 5G makes businesses more efficient and provides people access to information faster than ever before.
But with any digital transformation of connectivity, it is a huge undertaking for data center operators. Here’s what you should know before forging ahead.
Why is 5G Important to the Data Center?
It seems like a lifetime ago we were running 1G on analogue phones. Today, we’re embracing the bandwidth. 5G is empowering smart cars and smart cities across the globe. The latest generation of 5G connectivity promises versatility, increased speeds, extremely low latency, and IoT expansion.
But while higher bandwidth offers greater opportunities, there’s also greater responsibilities placed on the data center. A recent study commissioned by Vertiv assessed site-level concerns surrounding 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) deployments. The conclusion was that 5G will be the most impactful and difficult network upgrade ever faced by the telecom industry.
How ready is your facility to embrace 5G?
Preparing the Network for 5G
For critical environments to adapt to 5G, they need to keep up with forecast demand. This means that creating new data centers or upgrading existing infrastructures is essential.
Whether it’s utilizing edge computing to deliver enough coverage or expanding power and cooling systems, data centers must embrace new technologies to ensure long-term reliability and scalability of the 5G network.
So how do you ensure the critical infrastructure is empowered for 5G success? Start with these future-ready solutions.
Some data centers have been slow to adopt lithium-ion batteries in their data center. But, with concerns over energy costs and the rise of 5G, this will likely shift.
Lithium-ion batteries provide greater power density in a smaller footprint than VRLA batteries. And they’re nearly maintenance-free! They have a longer life, which reduces service requirements and replacement costs over the lifetime of the UPS.
Protect Your Data Center’s Infrastructure
While investing in a 5G-ready data center, consider upgrading your UPS system, too.
UPS systems, including Vertiv's Liebert GXT5, help protect critical infrastructure in both centralized and edge network applications with premium power outage protection and continuous power conditioning. These UPS systems have integrated intelligent controls which will allow operators to quickly respond to changes in incoming power quality and demand.
To limit the impact of higher consumption increasing operating costs, data center operators must find new means of saving-energy. Consider a free-cooling solution to reduce the rising costs of cooling those facilities that consume more power. Water-free cooling systems combine high efficiency pumped refrigerant economization and low peak power to save money, reduce risks and simplify thermal management. As a result, data centers can achieve highly reliable free cooling throughout much of the year.
5G Future-Proof Your Data Center with CEG
As 5G continues to roll out, data center operators must proceed with a well-designed plan to scale beyond tomorrow. While the opportunity is on the horizon, it’s best to connect with an industry-leading professional to help right-size your infrastructure for the future of connectivity. Contact us today to learn more.