Guide to optimize your Data Center through Multi-Fiber Connectivity

Guide to optimize your Data Center through Multi-Fiber Connectivity

Sponsored content by Belden

Published 13th October, 2014 by Dwayne Crawford (Product Line Manager for Fiber Systems at Belden)


Today’s data centers are looking to deploy infrastructures that are ready to support 40 and 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) as well as flattened data center architectures that improve low-latency, server-to-server communication. Supporting these higher speeds and new designs is causing optical insertion loss budgets to shrink. To date, the loss values for many preterminated multi-fiber (MPO) solutions have only allowed for two mated pairs in an optical fiber channel. This has significantly limited the ability for data center managers to deploy flexible, manageable, scalable and secure networks.

There are several areas of optical fiber design and technology in the data center where loss can be reduced, including optical fiber media and connector choice. Another design aspect that impacts loss is the number of connection points in a channel. However, there is significant benefit to deploying 3-, 4- or even 5-point architectures that allow data center managers to get back to the basic, fundamental and time-honored best practice of convenient cross-connects and zone distribution areas (ZDAs).

This article will take a look at how advances in optical fiber technologies, standards and design are reducing optical loss while enabling an optimal number of connection points in a channel to maintain flexibility, manageability, scalability and security.


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