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Multi-Path™ System Offers a New, Standards-Based Fiber Optic Cabling Migration

Meets transmission and connectivity challenges for high-speed infrastructure migration

By: Rick Dallmann | Senior Data Center Infrastructure Architect

So what keeps you up at night? Is it drinking coffee too late in the day, your internal clock, anything involving politics right now?

Or maybe - just maybe - it’s trying to figure out how you are going to achieve a seamless and cost-effective fiber optic infrastructure migration to 25GE/40GE/50GE, 100GE, or even 400GE.

Tossing and turning you ask yourself if your migration will be best accomplished over multimode or singlemode? If it’s multimode, will it be WBMM(OM5)? Transceivers? Will I want to transmit using:

     A. QSFP

     B. Duplex Bi-Di

     C. Standard duplex

     D. Parallel transmission 

     E. All of the above

The possibilities are many, but before answering it is important to understand what is going to be your best solution. 

Cabling is a highway - I want it my way

Part of your solution will have to depend upon the life cycle of your equipment. The life cycle of your equipment now only lasts three to five years, compared to previous generations of networking and SAN equipment that lasted from five to 10 years. This change will happen sooner than later, but regardless you need an innovative solution.

The fiber optic network and SAN infrastructure are the most important “highway” in any application, transaction, or data processing function.

On this “highway” the vehicles of the future will need full access to drive 24/7/365 with no slowdowns or lane closures.

Because of this, you’re still not sleeping yet. Now your mind starts racing as fast as your fiber optic network. You know that you have to install a low-loss, highly reliably fiber optic infrastructure. And it has to have a clear and cost-effective path to higher speeds, fiber polarity, and transmission topologies. Just following the TIA standards, such as Method A, B, or C, is not quite as simple or cost-effective as you may think.

Sleep easy with a multi-path™ solution

It's at this point when you think you might not get any sleep that you realize CABLExpress always has solutions that help you Respect Layer One®. And here you are researching how to design a fiber optic infrastructure that addresses all the concerns that are keeping you awake.

The good news? CABLExpress has your back.

We've developed a simple, effective new system that data center managers can easily use to handle multiple cabling light paths with very little disruption or added cost. The new multi-path™ system from CABLExpress simplifies the cabling migration process and reduces the need for multiple transition components.

The multi-path system is a standards-based fiber optic high speed migration topology, uniquely designed to support any high speed requirements your data center requires. 25G/40G/50G/100G/400G - you name it.

The multi-path system supports any high-speed requirements while offering seamless and cost-effective migrations. This new solution also increases a network’s agility.

You can get even more information about multi-path by downloading our new white paper entitled Simplify Fiber Optic Cabling Migrations with Multi-Path™.

So sleep better and rest easier knowing that this new cost-effective, standards-based fiber optic  migration topology solution from CABLExpress is here to help!

Download the Simplify Fiber Optic Cabling Migrations with Multi-Path™ white paper by clicking here.


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About the Author

Rick Dallmann, senior data center infrastructure architect for CABLExpress, has more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of fiber optic cabling and structured cabling solutions.

Dallmann is an experienced speaker and has given presentations on the latest industry trends and best practices for data center infrastructure cabling at conferences throughout North America, including at BICSI, AFCOM, NY Tech Summit, and more. He also authored the article, The Impact of Emerging Data Rates on Layer One Fiber Cabling Infrastructures, which was published in ICT Today, the official trade journal of BICSI.

Dallmann is a member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology industry, and serves on their Telecommunications Cabling Systems committee.