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Parallel or Serial Transmission in Fiber Optic Systems

As data rates have increased in response to more demanding applications, the market has gravitated to parallel optics. This trend is being supported by the consistent demand for MPO-based cabling, a datacenter staple for more than a decade. Using laser-optimized...

Leaf Spine Architecture in DC

Let’s look at a more recent switch architecture type known as leaf/Spine. It is becoming apparent that fiber connectivity in data centers is getting more complex and that traditional methods for fiber connectivity management may not be sufficient.  Data center design...

Cable Containment in the DataCenter

There are many types of cable pathway or containment methods and products available: Tray or basket - These are generally the most cost effective and may provide the best solution in a collocation center where cabling change-outs and upgrades are common. Raceways -...
What is duplex fiber optic polarity?

What is duplex fiber optic polarity?

Most fiber optic channels use separate transmit and receive paths between the active equipment. On rare occasions a simplex channel is used. Therefore, it is important that the design of the fiber system ‘manages’ the path so the administrator cannot make a mistake...

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Infrastructure Evolution Change in the way we work has never moved at a steady pace. As with life itself, evolution in business can happen very fast, if the conditions are right. Often, this is at the moment when key technologies mature; such as with personal...

Optimizing the Cost per Bit per Meter

Optimizing the Cost per Bit per Meter

It is clear that our insatiable appetite for increased bandwidth, whether over a wired or wireless network, is fed only at the right price. However let’s be clear it is not a choice of price alone, but a decision on what bandwidth or capacity one gets for the price or...

7 Important Parameters of Optical Fiber

7 Important Parameters of Optical Fiber

Cabling infrastructure is integral to ensuring effective networks today. Alongside aspects such as wireless (WiFi and Cellular) infrastructure and structured cabling infrastructure design; it’s important that infrastructure professionals understand fiber optic...

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