Cable Talk™ Videos

Stay up-to-date on data center trends and technologies with JT, our resident cable expert. These quick videos include tutorials on structured cabling and data center design, best practices on virtualization, lessons on fiber optic cabling, information on CABLExpress® products and more. 

CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #42 Reduced Diameter CAT6 Cabling (Mini6)

Learn about a new development in copper network cabling that reduces 50% of the cabling bulk in a data center. This technology advancement can help solve a myriad of cable management issues in high density switching applications, standard switch applications and other areas in the data center. Reduce congestion, decrease cooling costs, reduce downtime! The CABLExpress mini CAT6 product family can make this easy for you!

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #1 - Cable Management Products for Networks and Data Centers

This episode covers the features of our cable management products for copper and fiber patch cords.

CABLExpress® Cable Talk #3 - Structured Cabling System | Structured Cabling Tutorial

This episode shows and describes a structured cabling system vs. a point-to-point system.

CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #5 - LC Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies | Cable Best Practices

A quick tutorial which shows and describes the different types of LC fiber optic assemblies. Covers: features and benefits of different design types, fiber light paths, cable management, fiber patching, fiber patch cords, LC connectors, fiber cable infrastructure.

CABLExpress® Cable Talk #8 - Fiber Optic Cable Core Sizes & Rating Types

This explains and shows the different core measurements and fiber types.




 

 

 

CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #42 Reduced Diameter CAT6 Cabling (Mini CAT6)

 

Learn about a new development in copper network cabling that reduces 50% of the cabling bulk in a data center. This technology advancement can help solve a myriad of cable management issues in high density switching applications, standard switch applications and other areas in the data center. Reduce congestion, decrease cooling costs, reduce downtime! The CABLExpress mini CAT6 product family can make this easy for you!

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #41 Dealing with Fiber Density in the Data Center

 

In this episode JT and Britt discuss why fiber cabling density is increasing in the data center and what you can do about it. Following the TIA-942 standard for structured cabling and using products that work for your specific environment.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #39 Re-using Fiber Assemblies

 

In this short video Josh and Brittany discuss options for re-using fiber assemblies. This can be done, but certain aspects need to be looked at including; end face contamination, fiber breakage, manufacturing quality. Potential pitfalls are many when re-deploying fiber cabling and it may not be worth it.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #38 Port Replication

 

In this episode Josh and Brittany explain what port replication is, why it is so important in the data center, how it relates to TIA-942 and show products that fully replicate specific hardware types. Port replication can help manage SAN fibre channel systems as well as Ethernet networks.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #37 - Polarity for Duplex Fiber Cabling in the Data Center

 

In this episode Josh discusses what needs to happen with fiber cabling when connecting tranceivers in the data center. Also, why it is important to be careful when designing a structured cabling system due to the complexities and multiple options that manufacturers can use. CABLExpress can help you design and/or add to a fiber cabling infrastructure to ensure you do not run into issues with polarity.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #36 - Fiber for QSFP and SFP+

 

In this episode Josh talks about fiber cabling for QSFP and SFP+. These are used for 10G and 40G networking speeds. Important considerations and potential savings when utilizing fiber optic cabling for these conversions.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #35 - Measuring for Pre-Terminated Structured Cabling in the Data Center

 

Product Manager Josh Taylor gives some helpful tips on how to measure for pre-terminated data center cabling. You don't want to be too short, you don't want to be too long. CABLExpress has a team of designers that can help you with your data center cabling projects, give us a shout!

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™#34 - Fiber End Face Polish Types

 

In this short video JT reviews common end face polishes of fiber optic connectors popular in data centers. PC, UPC and APC are covered in what the acronyms stand for and why they exist. Watch for more!

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #33 - Differences Between Multi-mode and Single-mode Fiber Cables

 

In this episode Josh Taylor explains some of the physical and application differences between multi-mode and single-mode fiber optic cables. Multi-mode is typically used in data centers. At this time it should be OM3 or OM4. Single-mode is used in "long haul" applications due to the higher cost of the active electronics.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #32 - About Bend Insensitive Fiber

 

In this episode JT talks about what Bend Insensitive Fiber is, it's capabilities and what it really means to you. When installation spaces get smaller, this product is very helpful. Howver best practices still need to be followed! Data centers can utilize this product to ensure they do not violate insertion loss budgets.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #31 - BICSI Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices

 

In this episode JT discussed the BICSI 002-2011 data center standards. Utilizing fiber optics, data center design, data center standards, power, cooling, POE, cable management, maximizing uptime, eliminating downtime and managing a team with contractors and sub-contractors to ensure you cable things up the right way.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #30 - Data Center Cabling is an Investment Not a Cost

 

In this episode JT talks about the "Respect Layer One" message. Why it is important in data center structured cabling systems to view cabling as an investment versus a cost. Viewing as a cost can lead to downtime. Maximize your uptime by leveraging proper data center design and educating your team on product performance, standards like the TIA-942 and other industry standards and not falling for proprietary gimmicks. Ensure your structured cabling system will last through generations of hardware. 40/100G Ethernet, 16G fibre channel for hardware manufacturers like Cisco Nexus platform, Brocade DCX and 48000 platforms.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #29 - Cabling up a Brocade 48000

 

In this episode, JT cables up a Brocade 48000 using Skinny-Trunk harnesses. This solution makes cable management possible in this high density fiber optic switch. It also offers the highest performance ratings available. Learn how to cable up a Brocade 48000 like a professional. It will look great and work great.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #28 - Fiber Optic Assembly Basic Handling Best Practices

 

In this tutorial JT discusses the basic handling techniques and procedures for handling fiber optic assemblies. Using cables, patch cords, trunks and multi-fiber assemblies. End face contamination, pinching, breaking, storage, installation methods included.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #27 - The Skinny-Trunk® Harness Difference

 

JT shows the difference between cabling up a high-density fiber switch with standard patch cords vs. using the Skinny-Trunk Harness. The Skinny-Trunk harness reduces cabling bulk by 60% for a clean, neat, professional cabling installation job on switches like Cisco Nexus Brocade 48000 and DCX and other high-density data center director class switches.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #26 - High-Density Switch Cabling

 

JT points out considerations on cabling up high-density switches with copper and or fiber like the Cisco Nexus, Catalyst and Brocade DCX 48000. Using real-life examples to show you how to do a professional job.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #25 - Facts vs. Hype on fiber optic assemblies

 

JT breaks down the facts vs. the hype on multi-mode fiber optic cable assemblies commonly used in the data center.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #24 - Optical Loss Budgets in the Data Center

 

JT explains what an optical loss budget is and why you should know about it. Optical loss can bring down Cisco and Brocade switches. This could mean downtime in your data center.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #23 - Fiber Optic End Face Contamination (Part 2)

 

JT discusses what types and how end face contamination can cause network downtime in the data center. What types of contamination and how easily it can happen.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #22 - Bandwidth and Fiber in the Data Center

 

JT talks about bandwidth, what it is and why it is important in fiber optic cabling in the data center.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #21 - Re-Cabling Your Data Center

 

In this episode, JT answers the question, "What should you think about when re-cabling your data center?" First examining the reasons why you would do this, and then into aspects like design, performance and manageability. Using standards such as the TIA-942 and citing IEEE 802.3ba to create a fiber optic infrastructure that will work now and in the future, and do it the right way!

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #20 - Cable Management Best Practices (Part 1)

 

JT and Brittany fix a cable mess and explore some best practices of cable managment.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #19 - Fiber Polarity Methods

 

JT discusses the three TIA approved fiber polarity methods when using the MPO style (MTP®) connector in the data center. Something when set up right you should not have to think about but if not done well can end in downtime! Light path, fiber cross, duplex patch cords, LC connectors, MPO modules and fiber optic trunking design all come into play.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #18 - Virtualizing Server Infrastructure & the Cabling Infrastructure

 

JT discusses the virtualization of the server platform and what that means to a fiber infrastructure in the data center. A high-performance and properly designed fiber infrastructure can ensure a smooth transition. Insertion loss, repeatability and manageability to avoid any downtime issues in the data center.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #17 - Parallel Optics

 

JT dives into parallel optics. With the recent ratification of the IEEE 802.3ba standard for 40/100 G Ethernet, parallel optics will be utilized for short reach data center applications. Typically used in data center structured cabling environments running high speeds of 10G or even 40 or 100 Gigabit Ethernet, SAN (Storage Area Networking), Fiber Channel, FCOE (Fiber Channel Over Ethernet) with such manufacturers as Cisco, Brocade, EMC and others. Typical applications could be virtualization or internal cloud core data center applications.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #16 - OM3 and OM4 fiber | Optical Multi-mode Fiber Cable

 

In this episode we take a look at the differences between OM3 and OM4 fiber.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #15 - Separating Cable Spin From Cable Standards

 

JT provides a quick tutorial on how to buy cabling products, not paying too much for quality cabling that meets and/or exceeds the industry standards such as EIA/TIA, BICSI, ETL, UL and much more.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #14 - Respect Layer One® - Copper Infrastructure

 

This episode provides a quick tutorial on a layer one copper infrastructure, what it does, why it is important and why we should respect it.

 

CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #13 - Fiber Optic Cables & Importance of Core Alignment

 

JT explains the importance of core alignment and what happens if cores are not matched. Ceramic zirconia sleeves and ferrules in the Skinny-Trunk® Solution, minimize insertion loss.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #12 - Skinny-Trunk® Harnesses & Z-Mount® Brackets | Cable Tips

 

JT goes over the Skinny-Trunk® Harness and Z-Mount® bracket's features and benefits in cabling up large Cisco and Brocade switches.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #11 - Fiber Optic Cables & Link Loss in Data Center Structured Cabling

 

This episode covers how and where loss occurs in a data center's structured cabling system.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #10 - CABLExpress Copper Trunk Cables | Data Center Cabling Tips

 

This episode shares some great tips and explains the upside of using a copper trunk cabling solution to help with your data center cabling.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #9 - H-Series Enclosures | Fiber Optic Cable Enclosures

 

In this episode, JT explains the benefits of H-Series fiber enclosures.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #8 - Fiber Optic Cable Core Sizes & Rating Types

 

This episode explains and shows the different core measurements and fiber types.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #7 - Benefits of Factory Terminated Fiber Cables

 

A quick tutorial which shows and describes the benefits of factory terminated fiber. Covers benefits of different assembly processes.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #6 - RSD Series Fiber Enclosures | Cable Management Tips

 

This episode covers the features and benefits of our RSD Series fiber enclosures.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #5 - LC Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies | Cable Best Practices

 

A quick tutorial which shows and describes the different types of LC fiber optic assemblies. Covers: features and benefits of different design types, fiber light paths, cable management, fiber patching, fiber patch cords, LC connectors, fiber cable infrastructure.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #4 - Fiber Optic Cable Cleaning | Fiber Optic Cable Lesson

 

A quick tutorial which shows and describes fiber optic end face inspection and cleaning. Covers: how to clean a fiber cable, how to inspect a fiber cable, how does fiber get dirty, what happens when fiber gets dirty.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #3 - Structured Cabling System | Structured Cabling Tutorial

 

This episode shows and describes a structured cabling system vs. a point-to-point system.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #2 - Data Center Fiber Cabling Connectors | Fiber Optic Cable Connectors

 

This episode shows and describes the most popular network fiber optic patch cable connectors.

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CABLExpress® Cable Talk #1 - Cable Management Products for Networks and Data Centers

 

This episode covers the features of our cable management products for copper and fiber patch cords.

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