Connectivity Q&A with Vinay Nagpal: Manufacturers Set to Push the Limits as We Head into 2019 and Beyond

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Vinay Nagpal is a data center and connectivity leader with over 23 years of experience developing product and technology solutions in data centers with a strong focus on connectivity, sub-sea and terrestrial fiber.  Currently, Vinay is the President of InterGlobix LLC, a global consultancy firm focused on the convergence of data centers, terrestrial fiber and sub-sea fiber. Below, we caught up with Vinay in advance of CapRE's Seventh Annual Southwest Data Center Summit: The Telecom Evolution to learn more about the fiber and connectivity game in Southern California and the U.S. CapRE: How is fiber improvement changing the design and site selection of data centers? Nagpal: Availability of fiber is an extremely important criteria for data center developers as part of their site selection process. Typically, data center developers look for availability of abundant fiber optic networks, accessibility to carrier splice points, availability of diverse routes to major in-market interconnection hub and other criteria such as conduit system availability, when planning a data center build or expansion. The terrestrial fiber cables have increased in capacity significantly, from 864F strands to 1728F strands to 3456F strands packed in a single cable. OTTs, Hyperscalers and Internet-centric companies are deploying these high-count fiber cables as their bandwidth requirements have increased exponentially in recent times. Data center colocation providers are looking to install these high-count cables at their current and new facilities because of its density and installation efficiencies. CapRE: How…