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Written by Prakash Suthar, Cisco

Annlee has brought-up interesting points around datacenter scaling.

The industry fact that wireless is exploding and wire line is shrinking and most of this is due to convergence.

The clear distinction between wireless and wireline is only at access layer rather than “core”. The core is going to converge for all technologies and while access layer will depend upon how clients i.e. mobile, PDA, fixed subscriber is accessing the core.

One reason I bring-up this point is because wireless datacenters were and still being build on the notion that only mobile devices will be accessing the system. This is no longer true. The problem faced by mobile service provider is "good problem" to solve. They are in unique position to expand their infrastructures and offer multitudes of services. This provide unique opportunities for all of us:-

(1) Vendor offering product and services for datacenter should work on strategies for providing scalable solutions and architect solutions around “mobile internet” i.e. assuming huge bandwidth requirements.

(2) Network architect engineers have to re-learn the message that mobile datacenter are going to be hub for converge solutions. Design solutions supporting all different kind of services at keep even growing bandwidth as main factors.

(3). Mobile Service Providers themselves should consider this as an opportunity and look for scalable solution. They should plan the network for “tomorrow” rather than “today”.I am sure the key message about “mobile broadband” and “wireless data centers” offering all kind of services will resonate through the industry and offer opportunities for growth.

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The articles presented here are blog posts from members of our Service Provider Mobility community. Deborah Strickland is a Web and Social Media Program Manager at Cisco. Follow us on Twitter @CiscoSPMobility.

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