The number of connections in the data center has been increasing to improve manageability. However, with more connections, performance suffers. This is because added connections contribute to increased dB loss. Therefore, a balance must be maintained between manageability and performance.
What does this mean to you? Several things to think about – what connectors are you using now? What speeds are you running now? Currently if you are running 10gig and using MTP® (MPO style connector) and LC connectors you probably are fine. However, if you plan on migrating to 40 or 100gig, your LC connectors won’t cut it. You will need to use MTP® connectors. If you are planning now for adds, moves, or changes (even if you’re not planning on the additional speeds today) you really should consider using the 12 or 24 fiber MTP® to future proof your data center.
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The MTP® provides aggregated fibers within one connector. This allows for the easiest installation and provides the optimum platform to future speed migrations for data center protocols.[/caption]
Also important is staying within the optical loss budgets. As data center speeds increase, optical budgets decrease.
It is critical to know the “maximum” dB losses of your cabling products and to stay within the loss budgets when preparing for the migration to higher speeds.
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