Why a Managed Fibre Structured Cabling Approach is Vital
Enhance Data Centre connectivity performance and growth with a managed fibre structured cabling approach
Data Centres are the engines powering the digital age, providing the compute capacity for the endless array of applications we have all come to depend on. Data centres need to be stable, secure, reliable, but also flexibly designed such that they can respond dynamically to technology changes and provide continuous uninterrupted service. They also need to be efficient; to keep operational costs low whilst boosting service delivery to maximise revenue growth.
Connectivity along with space, power, cooling and security is one of the key elements of a successful data centre. Connectivity is critical both in terms of connections to the outside world via external carriers, and the internal connectivity within the data centre itself. High speed, high bandwidth Data Centre connectivity is underpinned by fibre optic cabling. The projected proliferation of data coupled with the need to move large volumes of data reliably and at speed within and between cloud, enterprise, colocation, edge Data Centres and the sources and users of data around the world will have a big effect on how fibre connectivity and structured cabling evolves.
The migration to 100Gb bandwidths is well underway but planning a Data Centre’s fibre infrastructure for the future demands of 400Gb+ connectivity will be key to supporting future applications. Making sure your data centre’s fibre cabling is able to cope with this demand is a consideration that needs to be thought about now by creating suitable upgrade paths that can be ready for future expansion.
Having a standards based, managed fibre structured cabling strategy enhances the overall connectivity performance of a Data Centre and supports the scalability necessary for driving business growth. A structured fibre cabling system involves clear up-front planning to define physical cable pathways and the location of main, zonal or intermediate distribution areas where patching takes place, isolated from the active equipment itself. A well-planned structured fibre cabling system will outlive several generations of active equipment in the Data Centre and will deliver significant ROI compared to less efficient unstructured cabling. Other key benefits to a structured fibre cabling system are the operational efficiencies it will offer and the reduction in risk.
Physical layer connectivity solutions from HUBER+SUHNER facilitate best in class fibre structured cabling, linking backbone infrastructure from the Data Centre Meet Me Rooms (MMR) to equipment ports in the data halls via main and zone distribution areas.