Data Centre tech needs upgradation for effective 5G
Technological advancement in all aspects of humankind is taking place every day.
Fifth generation telecommunication networks or 5G, is the latest invention. Initially, the invention of the 2nd generation (2G) brought about the spread of mobile phones across the world at the beginning 20th century.
After a while, the 3rd generation (3G) came along and pushed the increase of mobile applications on the first smartphones, which were invented shortly after the 2nd generation network (2G).
To increase the smartphone’s efficiency already in the market, innovators and technologists around the world have yet to come up with another generation of the telecommunication network, the 4th generation (4G). 4G improved the smartphone application’s messaging speeds to curb some of the drawbacks of its predecessor, the 3G network technology.
The telecommunication network is now focusing on the 5G technology, which is meant to increase the speed and reduce latency and be able to connect as many devices as possible in the same central point such as data centres. (Reference: “THE IMPACT OF THE 5G REVOLUTION ON THE DATA CENTER | DATA4”, 2021).
Additionally, according to Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance, it will be possible for individuals to get access to information from available data centres faster than previous generations. For instance, 5G will increase the download speeds from anywhere globally to support up to 50MBPS, regardless of the kind of devices one is using.
Also, it will be possible to stream more than one 8K resolution quality video with high-end clarity without experiencing downtime like with the 4G technology. These fantastic capabilities of 5G are enhanced by the increased speeds and very low latency.
Businesses will be required to allow 5G technology to affect their operations to give room for human-machine dialogue and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence with the data centres and connected devices. Due to these improvements, data centres will get more strength, and their role with the world will spread from large cities to small cities (Young, 2021).
Upgrades, need of the hour
However, for the data centres to have the capacity to handle this kind of enormous amount of data, high speeds and low latency across all platforms, each technology piece requires to updated to accommodate 5G infrastructures and software. The current 4G telecommunication devices such as switches, routers and servers will require the appropriate upgrades to facilitate smooth transitions with the data centres.
The benefits to data centres are that new opportunities will emerge for the existing ones, which will be established to support the enormous volumes of data in demand. Therefore, public and private data centres will need to reconstruct the available structures to handle flexibility that is already incorporated in the 5th generation that was not part of the current 4G technology.
The cost to meet such requirements will be high, requiring the data centres to budget more on the 5G technology (Young, 2021). Consecutively, since edge computing and 5G are less likely to work and co-exist together, they are a higher possibility that they will exploit each other functionality leading to the establishment of smaller data centres to handle a large volume of data that will need to be processed over small geographical areas.
There is no efficient way to process data at the edge computing technology; preferably, the traditional methods are used to process such data. To eliminate these old technologies, which cannot handle 5G technology, the service providers will be forced to incorporate edge computing nodes in their mesh and other network topologies to support the requirements ofthe 5G in their data centres.(Choudhary, 2019).
The benefits of doing this will be increase data flow into and out of data centres. Furthermore, data centres will also be required to embrace Radio Access Network (RAN) to open opportunities for virtualization of 4RAN networks. Such advancements will allow convergence of local data centres with data center spaces. Finally, data centres will need to enhance their data and information reliability and redundancy, which will be facilitated by edge computing and local data centres.
Since the volume of data will increase, the amount of storage in data centres will be required to be enlarged to handle all the information.(Choudhary, 2019)
For instance, most data centres will be forced to collaborate with other storage technology, including cloud computing for data storage spaces. As a result, data will be more available to users than with other generations of telecommunication technologies. It will be simple for the data centres to provide efficient and up to data from cloud storage. Furthermore, network slicing is another benefit Internet of Things (IoT) will gain from data centres as 5G will allow virtual networks to create and provide more flexible connectivity to meet customers with specific needs. However, this technology has a lot of uncertainty which data centres do not know about since only a few experiments have been done on this improvement.
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