CABLExpress® Cable Talk™ #12 - Skinny-Trunk® Harnesses & Z-Mount Brackets
Today we’re gonna talk about the features and benefits of the Z-Mount® brackets and the Skinny-Trunk® harnesses.
Z-Mount® Bracket and Skinny-Trunk® Harnesses
The Z-Mount® bracket and Skinny-Trunk® harness are designed to cable up large director class switches such as the CISCO 7000 and the Brocade 4800. However, there’s a myriad of other ways you can use this as you’ll see.
If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the video where I cable up a Cisco Nexus 7000 with these products. Now we’re gonna get a more in-depth look at them. Here’s the Z-Mount bracket; it’s all about space savings. It saves valuable real estate as it uses no rack space. It bolts right to the outside of a rack using this EIA 310D standard. This baby can deploy up to 144 fibers. We also have Z-Mount brackets that will hold 96 fibers and 48 fibers. In each variation they can either have a left facing, or a right facing.
Now I’ll show you how they mount. So basically all I have to do is loosen screws on a rack and then slide this bracket right in there either on top of or below the hardware or even if there was no hardware there. But that’s as simple as it can be and completely universal. Within the bracket the thermal plastic couplers are field reversible.
So whether you want to come up from the floor, or come down from the overhead cable tray it’s as simple as taking a screw off and reinstalling. At the heart of the solution is the Skinny-Trunk® harness and it’s all about time savings and performance. It has pre-engineered staggers - you tell us what chassis you have and what module it’s going to and we have the staggering for you. Use the LC uniboot construction with a 3 mm round cordage legs for optimal routing. The furcation point is small for cable management but it’s also designed to be very rugged.
As with all our Skinny-Trunk products, the loss on this assembly is well below the industry standards. But the real magic here is the space savings. Here’s 12 fibers terminated with LC, and then here’s 12 fibers in one 3mm jack. But let’s put this into the reality of cabling up a large switch. This is over 200 fibers right here in under one inch in diameter. Then it goes as long as possible until it finally breaks out to this LC footprint. Just look at the difference. Which is easier to manage?