Data centers are quickly becoming the cornerstone of modern day networks. As the integration point of a range of networking resources, that store and process expansive amounts of applications and data, achieving and maintaining specific performance measurements is critical.

For those responsible for managing these key pieces of network infrastructure, scalability, flexibility and efficiency are factors at the forefront when thinking about performance.

For those seeking to utilise the benefits that data centers can bring to their own business operations, cost, scalability and durability are driving the selection criteria.

There is a common critical factor however, for both providers and consumers, which is having the knowledge and insights to be able to make the right decisions at the right time to achieve and maintain a desired level of data center and network performance

What Does Performance Mean in a Data Center?

Operational Management & Sustainability
Network Design, Deployment & Management

Many sectors now rely on a time reference in their network to be able to operate effectively and deliver real time connectivity between their devices and applications. Time synchronization is not new in data centers. However, the level of micro-second accuracy required to deliver high performing networks, particularly in Telecoms, Finance and Manufacturing, now relies upon the implementation of protocols such as PTP to deliver and maintain it.    

The consumption of energy to power in data centers infrastructure and activities is vast and while the reduction of electricity and water usage are high on the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda, there are other solutions that can be implemented to significantly reduce energy consumption and support sustainability initiatives. PTP is one solution that can enhance efficiencies by reducing the time, hardware and power spent to process digital communications.

Early adopters who have implemented PTP for this purpose have proven that it can radically improve the performance of networks by simplifying operations, reducing failures and improving Quality of Service, whilst also delivering quantifiable cost savings in energy consumption.

New technologies enabled by data centers, like Network Slicing, Virtual Network Functions, and SASE, allow for flexible, tailored network designs. However, understanding unique network performance requirements for business service levels can often be lacking and become a project obstacle.

To address this, many opt for lab-based design work rather than costly live network activities. Using network emulation, proof of concept designs with real-world conditions are transforming conversations for developers and organizations from 'what if' or 'best guess' scenarios to informed, evidence-based decisions on optimal network design based on real-world performance metrics.

Calnex network measurement tools are used in the worlds most innovative companies!

Read our case study with Meta to learn more:

Calnex Sentry

Your Guide to Driving Optimal Performance in Data Centres

Managing scalability, flexibility, and efficiency: