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Respect Layer One

Moving From Point-to-Point Cabling to Structured Cabling

Why Point-to-Point is Not the Point

 

By Dave Fredricks | Data Center Infrastructure Architect

The average cost, per square foot, to build and populate a new small sized data center can be challenging. The cost per square foot can range from $200 to $1000 depending on renovations to an existing building, or starting from scratch. While power and cooling are primary topics of consideration, cabling is also important!

So important, C-NET CDCDP Training reports the cost of cabling when building a new data center is 5% to 6% of the overall expense, when running point to point connections.

Why Change from a Point to Point Cabling Approach to Structured Cabling Solution?

At CABLExpress our philosophy is Respect Layer One®. We recommend structured cabling solutions such as patch panels and port replication be built into the design.

Other considerations are cabling topologies like spine and leaf and the ability to connect current generation optics (40G and 100G) and next generation optics (200G and 400G) with Multi-Path. Sure the cost of cabling will increase, we are not denying that, but layer one cabling infrastructure provides the quality and performance necessary to make a company’s technology investments worthwhile.

Three Important Steps to Move From Point-to-Point to Structured Cabling

Check out three of the most important steps to move your infrastructure from point-to-point cabling to structured cabling solutions.

  1. Install patch panels near the data center core or spine switches. Install patch panels near the top of rack (ToR) or leaf switches. This can also be accomplished using end of row (EoR) or middle of row (MoR) patch panels to connect a row back to the core or spine switches.
  2. Connect the two patch panel locations with backbone or horizontal fiber optic trunking.
  3. From each patch panel location select the appropriate length fiber optic patch cord to plug into the optic.

Don't forget to Respect Layer One! The technology solutions that CABLExpress provides can help lower operating costs, reduce installation time and save physical space.


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About the Author

Dave Fredricks is a data center infrastructure architect at CABLExpress with more than 20 years of experience in fiber optic and structured cabling solutions.

He is a Certified Data Centre Designer (CDCD) and an active member of AFCOM since 2007. He authored the white papers Conflicts in Data Center Fiber Structured Cabling Standards, Meeting 40/100G Ethernet and 32GFC, 28GFCp Light Budgets with a Structured Cabling Design, Cabling Designs for Hyperconvergence and Simplify Fiber Optic Cabling Migrations with a Multi-Path™ System. He has comprehensive knowledge of the TIA and IEEE industry standards for network and storage connectivity.