Data Center Cabling Solutions

Multi-Path System

Eliminate polarity, gender, and migration challenges

As data speeds increase, data center managers are faced with a multitude of design challenges. Maintaining fiber light path polarity is one such challenge.

There are three methods approved by data center standards documents. But each of these methods has limitations – and that’s what made a solution like our Multi-Path system necessary.

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Limitations to the Methods

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has three approved polarity methods as standards, each specified in the ANSI/TIA-568.3-D document. These three polarity methods (Method A, Method B and Method C) define light path and connectivity methods for duplex and parallel signals.

Each method entails different gender requirements on the MPO trunks and/or jumpers for duplex and parallel signals. This forces you to carry different types of cables and cassettes in your infrastructure, and keep track of where each is located.

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Advantages of Multi-Path

Multi-Path is a simple, effective system that can effectively handle multiple paths with very little disruption or added cost. The goal of the Multi-Path system is to simplify your cabling migration process and reduce the need for multiple transition components.

  • Use the same MPO trunks for both parallel and duplex signals
  • Eliminate trunk and jumper gender concerns for both duplex and parallel signals
  • Work seamlessly with both multi-mode and single-mode
  • Use one type of duplex jumper, one MPO parallel jumper, and one cassette for side-A and side-B connections
  • Get a simple migration from parallel to duplex optical signals using standard products

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