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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.

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.

Global Trends Affecting Your Local Data Centre

The Cloud

Clouds are gathering, and quickly. What does it mean for your data centre?

Cloudy with a chance of infinite bandwidth

Cisco’s annual Global Cloud Index forecasts that the growth of worldwide Internet usage will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 23 percent through 2018. Even with a significant jump in cloud storage, data centres will continue to be critical to operations as organisations keep sensitive functions within their own IT departments. Companies are turning to hybrid cloud implementations to keep information flowing seamlessly with more connectivity, security, and reliability.

What does this mean for your data centre? You should reallocate some attention from switches and servers to your cabling infrastructure. Your users’ reliance on the cloud will make uptime even more...

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The Internet of Things

Experts believe this trend offers organisations massive cost savings from maintenance to loss prevention.

The Internet of Things

The "Internet of Things"– that ever-growing scenario in which every object becomes connected to the Internet. Not just users’ smart devices, but objects like refrigerators, fitness monitors, and other small appliances now have Internet connectivity directly built in or embedded for the ultimate convenience. Experts worldwide believe this trend offers organisations massive cost savings in categories ranging from maintenance to utilities to loss prevention.

What does that mean for your data centre? Look at the rapid acceptance cycle of smartphones and tablets. As these devices quickly make their way into businesses, your data centre will be required to rapidly roll out...

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The Connection of Everything

Ubiquitous connectivity will have a massive impact, even if some - or most - of the workload is being done by the cloud’s data centres and not yours.

The Connection of Everything

All of this ubiquitous connectivity will have a massive impact on your data centre, even if some of the workload is being done by the cloud’s data centres. The "Internet of Things", combined with convergence of local area networks with adjacent IT services – from heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC) to cellular coverage to video security – are going to tax today’s and tomorrow’s on-premises data centres.

You’ll want to build an infrastructure that can keep up with all that. All of this convergence means you may find yourself needing faster speeds sooner than planned. Consider an infrastructure that allows deployment at the speeds you need today but able to...

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It’s Not Just Your Data Centre

Cloud users and their smart and IoT devices are out there in your local and wide area networks, driving demand.

Ubiquitous Connection Doesn’t Just Affect the Data Centre

All of this connectivity isn’t just coming from inside the data centre. Cloud users are out there in your local and wide area networks. While planning your data centre’s future, make sure you are also looking at your LAN and WAN needs.

In-building communications networks have undergone substantial changes over the past decade. Only all-fibre infrastructures have the capacity for unlimited bandwidth to efficiently support soaring bandwidth needs. This shift from copper to fibre will be a crucial component of future-ready network planning. fibre installations cost less to install and maintain, suffer less downtime, and require less networking hardware than copper systems. At...

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Evaluate Your Data Centre Options

Evaluate Your Data Centre Options

You’ve identified your data centre’s current and future requirements and it’s time to design the infrastructure. How do you select the best technology to meet those needs? Compare fibre optic infrastructure solutions side by side, evaluate architectures other customers have used, and learn how we can help you design your data centre.

Ready to evaluate your options?

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Prepare for Data Centre Deployment

Prepare for Data Centre Deployment

It can be a challenge to manage data centre installations. Project delays and deployment errors can result in downtime and lost revenue, not to mention unhappy customers. From checklists and ordering guides to advice and installation videos from the experts, we’ve got you covered.

Ready for deployment?

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Additional Information

Three Trends Affecting Data Centre Design

Three Trends Affecting Data Centre Design

Three Trends Affecting Data Centre Design

Convergence, virtualisation and network infrastructure optimisation are having the greatest impact on data centre design today. What does it mean for your network and how can you prepare?

Convergence, virtualisation and network infrastructure optimisation are having the greatest impact on data centre design today. What does it mean for your network and how can you prepare?

1G to 100G Migration in the Data Centre

Preparing for High-Bandwidth Migration in the Data Centre

High-Bandwidth Migration in the Data Centre

Our white paper will help you consider and prioritise the factors that will affect your migration to 40 and 100G.

Our white paper will help you consider and prioritise the factors that will affect your migration to 40 and 100G.

Bidirectional Data Centre Transmission

Bidirectional Data Centre Transmission

Bidirectional Data Centre Transmission

Our white paper helps you with link-loss budgets if you’re considering Cisco’s bidirectional transceivers for your 40G data centre transmission speeds.

Our white paper helps you with link-loss budgets if you’re considering Cisco’s bidirectional transceivers for your 40G data center transmission speeds.

Product Highlights

EDGE™ HD Solutions

EDGE™ HD Solutions

High-density preterminated optical cabling solutions that simplify installation and improve performance in the data centre environment.

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EDGE™ Solutions

EDGE™ Solutions

EDGE AO solutions are a comprehensive suite of advanced optical components that enable the next level of performance in your data centre or storage area network.

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