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Importance of Planning cabling infrastructure in a data center (part 2)

The Importance of Planning

You can easily customize an existing design by working with Teledata Technologies and Networx. As partners, we are happy to help you modify equipment and services to create the best solution for you.

Structuring at the early stage helps a lot in terms of ensuring conformation to the industry standards and offering wide compatibility. These are the top benefits gained from the structuring exercise.

  • Cable problems can be identified through simple identification.
  • A consistent cabling model also helps in future cabling needs.
  • It is easier to add new equipment and modify the existent cabling.
  • It is easy to use the components of different vendors.
  • It offers flexible connections.

Modular Data Cabling

Modular data cabling is quickly gaining popularity. This cabling uses the model of plug-and-play and devices can be simply installed using the cables that are already planned at the manufacturing. The modular cabling therefore, allows the addition of replacement devices with ease. The cost of installing modular components is however high and is a trade-off of using this technique. There is also less flexibility within the overall cabling. It works well if a data center ideally wants to only use the devices from a single vendor that assures compatibility.

The Use of High Density Fiber Equipment

 The modern equipment is getting denser and the use of ports has now increased to hundreds. This makes it very difficult to ensure that cables are managed in an ideal manner. Cables were traditional connected to the individual ports because a lower port count made it possible. With the number of ports increasing to hundreds, it is impossible to directly connect to these individual ports.

Optical fiber technology is perfect whenever there is a problem caused by increased number of connections. A fiber cable is ideal for implementing multiplexing and ensuring that many equipment cables can be implemented as a single fiber at the other end to improve cable management.  The LC-MPO (Lucent Connector-Multi Fiber Push-On) fiber cable is ideal for this purpose. This path panel ensures that it works as a remote port for the connected equipment. The panels can be installed above the devices with overhead cabling. This makes it easier to manage cables in a large network.

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Figure 4: LC-MPO Fan-out Cable and Duplex Ports

The module in Figure 4 is installed at an EDA and is placed in a modular patch panel. Trunk cabling is used to attach this panel to the higher-tier modular panel at the controlling HAD. This higher panel converts the MPO channels back to the longer running LC interfaces. These cables can accommodate 72 fibers allowing for the creation of 36 separate duplex connections in a single assembly.

 

Check out the previous blog on Cabling a Data Center here. 

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