Tag: data center

Webinar: Understanding Fiber Optic Cassettes

Understanding the role of fiber optic cassettes will become increasingly important as companies move toward 40G/100G, and managing the cable plant becomes more complicated. Fiber optic cassettes help manage the fiber connections by simplifying cable management without running new cables. In high-density network applications, cassettes ensure the efficient use of space and enable quick deployment, high reliability which eases moves, adds and changes and allows network administrators to refresh frequencies. In this webinar, we will review the types of cassettes available and how they will help the migration to 40G/100G networks.

Connecting One of the World’s Greenest Data Centers

For site owners at Green Mountain, the transition from ammunition storage facility to data center was not without challenges. They were faced with confined spaces, existing structures, and the need to install a reliable piping system to cool the server racks. But despite the challenges, it also offered many benefits, including the cold Norwegian climate to keep data cool at lower costs and the vast supply of hydroelectric power.

Cable management is key to data center cross connect strategy

In order to manage their fiber, most data centers typically use a mixture of direct connect and interconnect cabling. As the name implies, a direct connection runs point-to-point between racks. A data center interconnect—not to be confused with the network interconnects mentioned previously—routes patch cords to a presentation panel. For large projects, this strategy can become difficult to manage as patch cords tend to become longer and cable pathways grow more congested. Once the number of fiber strands starts to exceed two or three thousand, the scales begin tipping in favor of a cross connect patching strategy.

Copper versus optical: The battle in backplane interconnects

The debate over copper vs. optical transmission mediums started the minute it was realized that photons could be used to transmit data. Since then, engineers have been trying to develop methods to economically and practically use various optical transmission methods to move computer data at very high rates. Optical fiber cable is widely used, but optical backplane interconnects remain a rarity. What is the status of embedded optical lanes in a backplane? This article examines current efforts in the rivalry between copper and optical backplane interconnects.

Legrand introduces Infinium Quantum: the ‘lowest loss’ optical fiber system for advanced data centers

Available in both singlemode and multimode versions, Legrand’s patent-pending Infinium Quantum systems offer the industry’s lowest channel link loss at 0.75dB. The system has been designed to allow the fastest and most reliable migration path to 400G and beyond by reducing or eliminating the need to replace cabling components.

Will Robots Usher in the Lights-Out Data Center? •

The idea of using robots to automate data center operations has been the object of years science experiments and proof of concepts. In November, a data center startup called TMGcore demonstrated a robotic system that can replace servers housed within an immersion cooling tank. This ability to swap out servers creates new possibilities in the industry’s long-running effort to create a “lights out” unmanned data center. Which raises a question: Are we on the verge of a new frontier in data center automation?