In this episode JT and Britt discuss why fiber cabling density is increasing in the data center and what you can do about it. Following the TIA-942 standard for structured cabling and using products that work for your specific environment.




Josh :     Hi, I’m Josh Taylor, Product Manager with CABLExpress.


Brittany:     And I’m Brittany Szulis. Today we’re going to talk about fiber density in the data center.


Josh :     With the huge demand for information and connectivity, fiber density is increasing dramatically.


Brittany:     Because of this there are many problems that can occur in a fiber cabling infrastructure.


Josh :     Cable management is a big concern. Congestion makes cable identification difficult and leads to accidentally unplugging the wrong one. That can lead to down time and nobody wants that.


Brittany:     Down time and nobody wants that. The increase in hardware and port density is taking up a lot of space. Many are simply out of rack space.


Josh :     This can lead to congestion under the floor and/or over head which puts physical strain on the cabling as well as air flow blockage.


Brittany:    But there are solutions to resolve these issues.


Josh :     Use harnesses on chassis switches. This reduces cabling bulk by 60% and makes cable management a snap.


Brittany:    Use assemblies with bend insensitive fiber. This allows for less optical loss from bends in the cable routing.


Josh Taylor:     There are some great space saving products that use nontraditional areas to connect up the cabling.


Brittany:    Like the Z mount brackets which utilize the space next to the switches.


Josh :     Or the ladder rack enclosures which can mount to over head conveyance.


Brittany:     Most important is to follow the TIA 942 guidelines for a structuring cabling system.


Josh :     This allows for use of trunking which reduces the overall footprint dramatically compared to using jumpers.


Brittany:     Trunking products are also designed to run in conveyance and that makes them less prone to breakage due from unforeseen pulling and stress on the assembly.


Josh :     Thanks for watching. I hope you learned something.


Brittany:          And for more information visit us at today. But there are solutions to resolve these issues. Oh, my God. [Laughing] It fell. Holy Cow.


Josh Taylor:     You almost broke your leg. Your finger would have been there it would have snapped off.


Brittany:          [Laughing] I could have been killed.