Data Center Cabling Solutions
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.