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How 5G Will Change Data Centers: Part Two

Last week, we discussed the real costs of data center improvement in technology to support 5G, and we continue with Part II, from a data center perspective, and how 5G will affect the day in and day out operations and planning that go into managing and maintaining a data center?

With the need for new data center construction and the increase in data center resources, staffing the data center will become a priority. Having the right personnel on the job will make the transition to 5G much easier.

The focus for staffing within a 5G data center should be based on those with prior 4G LTE experience. The talent pool for 5G data center work will be relatively small, because 5G is still yet to come, and those that are equipped to handle the transition are maintaining 4G infrastructures.

The desire to lead the pack with 5G adoption and readiness won’t translate to every customer in the market. There will be some who will stick with 4G until the newest technology matures. Therefore, poaching data center technicians from 4G projects for work on 5G buildouts could impact an organization’s bottom line and alienate their 4G customer base. Since 5G is expected near 2020, less than a year from now, it would be advantageous to begin recruiting and training new employees to focus on the rollout of 5G. It will be necessary to maintain a 4G presence, while planning for and promoting a newer 5G network.

5G-Ready Data Centers Will Have a Competitive Edge

Although some changes to infrastructure and staffing may be necessary, the race to be 5G ready will produce strong market competition. Those data centers that are first to be 5G ready will hold a competitive edge over other data centers when customers are shopping for colocation.

Today’s 4G technology operates in or around the 1 GHz frequency spectrum, while 5G operates at higher GHz frequency. This allows for large quantities of data to traverse the frequency at a very low latency rate.

Organizations that bring 5G to market first will have a competitive edge, but won’t necessarily hold on to it. Early adopters do exist, but the market is much more saturated with consumers and organizations that rely heavily on tested and stable technologies, such as 4G LTE. Over time, 5G will improve, and eventually 4G will be deprecated, much like 3G has become.

New technology is exciting, especially when it enhances the quality of life and improves the way things are done. 5G will revolutionize the way in which we consume data, as IoT continues to grow and our demand for data consumption increases.

The anticipation of new technology can equate to anxiety for those that are tasked with bringing that technology to their customers. Don’t run before you can walk, take a deep breath and plan for 5G. There’s a lot that needs to be analyzed before a solid plan for 5G can be put in place and Correlata CorreAssess will be the premier facilitator of that analysis, planning and deployment. 

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Ofer Laksman