Structured Cabling and Port Replication

Structured Cabling and Port Replication

Port replication and structured cablingIn today’s ever growing demand for high density/high speed data centers, the need of port replication with the proper structured cabling is becoming greater and greater.

The Structured Cabling Difference

The Data Center TIA-942 standards calls for a structured cabling solution to utilize a Main Distribution Area (MDA) to duplicate/mirror all the ports of the active fiber optic equipment into a passive environment. True port replication features the identical number on the fiber optic patch panel that appears on the corresponding electronics.

This creates the one-to-one replication that can be easily recognized, documented and communicated.

Be Mindful of dB Loss

One of the challenges with port replication is the increase in your loss budget due to the addition of another patch field. With today’s growing speeds in data centers, these loss budgets are decreasing so it is imperative that the structured cabling solution you use provides you with the lowest possible dB loss to handle the additional connections.

When designed with the proper structured cabling solution, the use of port replication (MDA) reduces the opportunity for human error like connecting or disconnecting the wrong patch cable which can ultimately lead to unwanted downtime in your data center.

Port Replication also reduces the human interaction with the expensive electronic equipment as well as reduces the size of your overall cable bundles, compared to the older point to point connections, which can open up the airflow in your cabinets and the underfloor conveyance and allows for a much safer, neater and cleaner looking data center.