Port-Replication - Saving Time and Money One Patch Panel at a Time

Port-Replication - Saving Time and Money One Patch Panel at a Time

It’s been said that taking a long, hard look in the mirror is one of the best things you can do to better yourself. It forces you to acknowledge how you’re doing and what you may need to do differently. Life can be messy, and no matter how talented and successful you are, people will make mistakes.

That’s why it’s important to step back every once in a while to check in and make sure you’re on the right path to success. Who knows? You may even discover more effective ways to do things.

Through the Looking Glass

This philosophy also has a positive correlation when it comes to managing your business. At CABLExpress, we are always looking for ways to do the impossible to help you be successful. Sometimes that means our experts who deliver leadership and partnership in the technology we provide. Sometimes it’s providing knowledge not just on our own offerings, but also industry trends and standards. And sometimes it’s taking a few extra minutes to help you out when you’re in a tight situation. There is no budget, time constraint, or question about the complexities of current data center and cabling standards we can’t or are unwilling to, take on.

Occasionally we tend to take things too literally. Sometimes that gets us in trouble with our co-workers and other times it brings groundbreaking brilliance for our customers. For the sake of not embarrassing ourselves, let’s just focus on the brilliance part!

The concept of port replication formulated after countless conversations with our customers about the challenges they were facing with fiber optic enclosures (patch panels) and cabling in the data center. No longer were density, cable management and downtime just buzzwords. They had become critical issues that required a creative solution. It was our goal to provide fiber optic enclosures that could replicate any switch on the market. So what came next?

Mirror, Mirror…

That’s when our very own superhero structured cabling solution, port replication, was born! The not-so-top-secret mission? Eliminating lack of data center space, cabling confusions, and downtime.

Port replication simply means “mirroring” the ports of your switches on a fiber patch panel. This creates a direct, one-to-one relationship between the active hardware ports and the passive structured cabling environment.

After developing the concept of port replication, our experts spent years perfecting it in our product set. With port replication, you will achieve ultimate balance and manageability within your data center and many advantages for immediate needs and future growth.

Advantages of Port Replication

  • Eliminates downtime
  • Saves time with easier moves, adds and changes (MACs)
  • Saves money by relieving stress on fiber cabling
  • Increases efficiency with less mess in front of expensive switches

When designed with the proper structured cabling solution, the use of port replication reduces cable management issues, opportunities for human error (unplugging the wrong patch cables) and limits wear and tear on active ports. All of these factors can ultimately lead to catastrophic outages in your data center. With today’s increasing speeds, it’s imperative that the structured cabling solution you use provides you with the lowest possible dB loss to handle the additional connections.

Above All, Respect Layer One®

What would happen if you unplugged a cable in your data center? If you’re unsure, are you willing to take that chance? Cords can get tangled, mislabeled or damaged. And it’s harder to fix the problem when you’re in the midst of it. Having a disorganized data center creates a nightmare of challenges and unknown disasters just waiting to send your data center crashing. Don’t be this guy. This guy gets fired.

Building your technology and structured cabling solutions on layer one infrastructures can lower total cost of ownership, decrease downtime and maximize your network’s performance levels. It’s critical that you take the time to label and properly route your cables to avoid confusion or even worse.

Using port replication with the proper structured cabling strategy alleviates that worry. By organizing your structured cabling with a one-to-one ratio, you will reduce downtime, maximize efficiency, and avoid costly disruption and expenses in the future.

Having an experienced partner like CABLExpress by your side to assist you in this process will help you accomplish the impossible and prepare your infrastructure for a successful future.


To learn more about port replication and how your data center can become a success instead of a disorganized mess, download our free white paper: Passive Optical Port Replication in the Data Center.