Data Center Cabling Solutions
JT shows the difference between cabling up a high density fiber switch with standard patch cords vs. using the Skinny-Trunk® Harness. The Skinny-Trunk harness reduces cabling bulk by 60% for a clean, neat, professional cabling installation job on switches like Cisco Nexus Brocade 48000 and DCX and other high-density data center director class switches.



Hi, I'm Josh Taylor, product manager with CABLExpress. Today, we're going to answer one of the most popular questions that we get asked, and that is how do I manage all the fiber cabling in my high-density switches? The answer is, you don't. You reduce it. Is it magic? No, it's not magic; it's the Skinny-Trunk harness.

Here's the Skinny-Trunk harness. It starts with your LC duplex connectors. We're using a uniboot style right here, it's got the round cordage. It transitions right here to what we call a furcation point, then it turns into one piece of cable, which is where the magic happens. You're going from 6 legs to 1 leg. That's a major reduction in bulk cabling. It ends with the MTP® connector. For more information, see episode 12 where we go in depth into the Skinny-Trunk harness.

Here's a great example of how it works. Here's 48 ports cabled up the traditional way with fiber jumpers. Here we have 96 ports, double the density, with the Skinny-Trunk harness. Look at this. On one hand, you have a cable management nightmare with the jumpers. Over here, cables significantly reduced. That's easily manageable. Look at this, with the Skinny-Trunk harness, you use very little space in your patch panel, vs over here, 48 ports using a lot of your condition space. 96 ports using very little of your space.

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