Josh: Hi, I’m Josh Taylor, Product Manager with CABLExpress.
Brittany: I’m Brittany Szulis Infrastructure Design Specialist. Today, we’re going to talk about the importance of port replication.
Josh: In a structured cabling system, port replication is used to replicate the active ports in a passive environment.
Brittany: This creates a one-to-one relationship from the active hardware ports to the passive structured cabling environment.
Josh: The replicated ports are typically placed in the MDA, or main distribution area. This is key for staying in compliance with the TIA942 standards.
Brittany: This allows for a consolidated passive environment where adds, moves, and changes can take place with ease.
Josh: Port replication in the MDA has many benefits which include using short jumpers for connecting up hardware. Also, you don’t have to order custom long-length jumpers. It makes things a lot easier, a lot less planning.
Brittany: No lifting of floor tiles or going into an overhead conveyance system and, remember, it keeps you out of the active hardware which are much more expensive.
Josh: All of this is to minimize …
Josh/Brittany: Downtime because nobody wants that.
Josh: CABLExpress has been working with data center enterprise customers for over 30 years. That’s why we understand that it’s really important to replicate the active switches exactly.
Brittany: Let’s go up to our lab area and check out some of the fiber enclosures.
Josh: This H-series module replicates a 64-port Brocade blade. Notice the port orientation. It’s identical to how Brocade does theirs.
Brittany: These two H-series modules replicate a 32-port Cisco blade. This can be done either horizontally or vertically. Note the port numbering matches the manufacturer.
Josh: Thanks for watching. I hope you learned something.
Brittany: For more information, visit us at www.cablexpress.com.