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Creating the data center of tomorrow

Data Center Cabling Infrastructure

Competitive Advantage and Lower Cost of Ownership

Competitive Advantage and Lower Cost of Ownership

With the continued expansion and growth in the data center, a well-planned cabling infrastructure is critical for both present and future success. The fundamental concerns that a cabling infrastructure must address are reliability, manageability, scalability and flexibility. A structured cabling system provides a flexible cabling plan to address the commonly performed tasks of moving, adding, or changing the infrastructure as the network grows. A well-planned optical cable infrastructure will typically be utilized for more than 20 years and will have to be operational through several iterations of system equipment solutions and multiple generations of protocol data-rate increases.

Today’s data center cabling infrastructure must be designed to offer a competitive advantage and a lower cost of ownership immediately. As a result, the evolution path to higher speeds such as 40G and 100G data rates, as well as next-generation applications such as cloud computing and virtualization, must be ensured early in the data center cabling infrastructure design and planning process.

Data Center Challenges

Four Issues You Must Consider

Creating the Data Center of Tomorrow

Creating the Data Center of Tomorrow

As the name implies, the data center is the data processing, routing and storage center in the network. Increased efficiency is becoming more and more important as data-intense applications come online. With this, data center rack space, cable pathways, cooling, installation, maintenance and risk avoidance become increasingly important considerations when planning and designing the data center.

Today’s data center cabling infrastructure must be designed to offer a competitive advantage and a lower cost of ownership immediately. As a result, the evolution path to higher speeds such as 40G and 100G data rates, as well as next-generation applications such as cloud computing and virtualization, must be ensured early in the data center cabling infrastructure design and planning process.

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Structured Cabling Solutions

EDGE8 and EDGE

Preconnectorized Cable Assemblies

Preterminated Optical Cabling Solutions

Preterminated Optical Cabling Solutions

In recent history, we used stacks of servers and large tape carousels; today, we see blade servers and RAID (redundant array of inde­pendent disks) systems. Your cabling infra­structure must be capable of servicing these ever-changing needs in the data center. The most efficient optical infrastructure is one in which all components are preterminated in the factory. All connectors are installed and tested in the factory and packaged such that components are not damaged during installation.

The installer unpacks the components, pulls the preconnectorized cable assembly into place, snaps in all the connectors, and installs the patch cords connecting to the end equipment..and the system is up and running. This is the fastest installation method and provides the best solution for turning up servers quickly and with the least risk of not meeting the customer’s availability expectations.

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Preconnected Cable Systems

Plug and Play Saves Time

Plug and Play Saves Time

Preconnected cable systems provide simplified vertical and horizontal management. One of the biggest issues facing data center and local area network system designers is cable management in the racks and cabinets used to house equipment, as well as in cross-connects, interconnects and the cabling backbone throughout the data center and LAN. In commercial building installations, an optical fiber cabling link is typically assembled in the field at the job site. Alternatives to this traditional implementation method are factory-terminated and preassembled solutions.

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Faster Deployments That Save Space

Faster Deployments That Save Space

Advantages of the MTP® Connector

Seasoned industry professionals may recall the excruciating, painstaking days of installing and connecting countless fibers, one at a time. As the number of data centers grew exponentially in the 2000s, designers and installers were tasked with managing hundreds and even thousands of single- and 2-fiber connector solutions. To accommodate the high volume of connectors within ever-tighter space constraints, installers and designers were forced to create more elaborate storage and routing solutions that came with their own set of challenges.

Fortunately, those days are long gone – thanks in large part to the emergence of the multi-fiber push-on (MPO) connector. The MPO format dramatically reduced the amount of time, effort, and space required to install and deploy network technologies, particularly in parallel optic applications.

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