The fiber enclosure, or patch panel, is built and designed for one purpose…to make your life easier! So, before the world ends, you should contemplate all the benefits of implementing high density fiber enclosures in your data center.
A high density fiber enclosure in the same rack as your high density switch will make a world of difference.
With the enclosure in place, you no longer have to run long jumpers across the room, under the floor or in overhead conveyance. Instead, you simply run a short fiber patch cable from your SAN or network switch up to the fiber enclosure. It’s really that simple!
Now, let’s focus on the high density aspect. Since conditioned space is very expensive, rack space has quickly become the most valuable part of a data center. High density in an enclosure can help you save this precious rack space.
With the above things considered, do yourself a favor before the world ends (ha!) and think about implementing high density fiber enclosures in your data center. It will save you lots of grief and you will see firsthand how these enclosures will truly make your life much easier!
How to create space when there is no space in the data center.
One of the most common problems in today’s data center is real estate. For those that have seen their data center evolve over time, they may see that what was once an expansive open “white” space is now a maze of racks and cabinets that are stuffed to the brim with hardware and cables. Space has become a premium for many organizations. Combine this with a lack of flexibility and time to consolidate hardware and cabling because of the need for maximum uptime, and you now have the current state of affairs for most data centers today. “Space saving” products are needed!
There are many innovative products that address the space issue. Here are a few of them:
These brackets eliminate the use of rack space for patch panels. They mount to any standard rack spacing with EIX-310D specs (which includes most racks and cabinets on the market today). This simple design allows for a TIA-942 recommended structured cabling system and utilizes no “U” space.
This is an enclosure that mounts above a rack or cabinet. It can be affixed to either ladder rack and/or basket tray. This is a good option for those that use overhead conveyance. Much like the Z-Mount brackets, it does not use rack space and allows for a TIA-942 recommended structured cabling system.
Our CABLExpress 12U H-Series Enclosure is designed specifically to replicate 64 port high density SAN director class switches.
This allows users to fully replicate their director class switch in a main distribution area (MDA) as recommended in the TIA-942 Data Center Standard. The 12U H-Series enclosure allows significantly more spacing in between ports which makes working with the patch cables in this enclosure a breeze. 48 and 32 port modules also available to offer full replication for any density.
Low loss components offer optimum performance and manageability
Stable spring couplers minimize vibration
Molded angled MTP couplers allow for optimum rear cable management
Rugged design allows fiber to remain secure
Slide out labeling tray with one to one port mapping
We have a little saying around CABLExpress that we use often – “Respect Layer One.” And trust us, we put our money where our mouth is. Our most recent contribution is lowering the insertion loss of the fiber modules in all of our fiber optic enclosure product lines. This includes both the H-Series Enclosures and the RSD Series Enclosures.
“What does lowering dB loss mean?”
It means that any module in either family now has a MAXIMUM insertion loss of 0.4dB. Previously, our products were measured at (a still very low) 0.5dB. The term “maximum” is important – do not be fooled by “typical” results that some manufacturers will give you, which isn’t the best number to use when calculating a loss budget. Learn more about that here.
“Why does dB loss matter?”
As network speeds increase, loss budgets decrease (learn more in this short Cable Talk video). A product with a lower insertion loss will perform better and last longer in your data center. Just as important: with lower insertion loss products, you can follow TIA-942 data center design best practices and maintain a structured cabling system versus using a “point-to-point” methodology (otherwise known as the WRONG way). There is a Cable Talk video on structured cabling as well.
“Lowest dB loss on the planet…Really?”
Yes, at this time there are no other products that we have found with a maximum insertion loss better than 0.4dB! We call this a “game changer”!
“Thanks, but no thanks…Lowest insertion loss probably means the highest price on the planet. Times are tight; I can’t invest in this technology!”
At CABLExpress, we pride ourselves on value. Our products perform better than the “big dogs.” At the same time, we operate like a small company by providing you with great customer service and competitive pricing on our products. We always strive to improve product performance without increasing price to ensure our customers can afford an incredible structured cabling system that will last them for generations of hardware. Don’t take our word for it – shop around and compare specs versus pricing. Pound for pound, we are the best!