To say internet usage is booming would be an understatement. In fact, Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) predicts that there will be 5.5 billion global internet users and over 12 billion mobile-ready devices and connections by 2021 — a 127-fold increase from 2005. At the core of these changes is the data center. Experts say the average number of data centers each organization manages sits around 8.1 today but is predicted to increase to 10.2 per organization in just the next three years.

As companies become more dependent on connectivity, downtime is simply not an option. Yet upgrades need to be made to the data centers, and new cables will have to be installed to accommodate these increased bandwidth requirements.

There’s a simple option to increase data center bandwidth without interruption: include a future path.

Anytime new cables are installed, you should keep one eye to the future and ensure there’s a plan for future updates and upgrades. Leaving an available path to run new cables in the future keeps disruptions from data center upgrades to a minimum.

Vis™ Divide, a rigid segmented conduit from Milliken Cable Management, is perhaps the best option for future proofing a data center. The conduit already has an extra available path — or two — within one conduit for future cables to be added when necessary.

The best part of an available path at the ready? No disruption to above-ground life that comes from drilling and installing new conduit for cables. Vis Divide even makes it one step simpler by including pull tape in the empty cell.

Internet connectivity will only increase in the foreseeable future, and data center expansion is an obvious need from all that growth. Planning ahead and including a future path can save significantly on downtime and could make a difference in your company’s bottom line. As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

To dive deeper into the long-term effectiveness of a flexible network within a campus infrastructure, see these tips on planning for future IT needs.