A proper, well thought-out design allows a data center’s structured cabling system to be efficient and clean. That being said though, it’s amazing how often we’ll see customers running into major issues with their cabling because of holes in their data center design.
That’s why the experts in our CABLExpress division follow industry standards, not just when laying out data center topologies, but also when designing new CABLExpress Skinny-Trunk products. In fact, we recently explained how we can help you achieve optimum cabling performance.
So if you’re concerned with getting a scalable, future-proof design in your data center, the first thing to know is what standards to follow. The next is to understand what technologies can help you achieve and exceed these standards.
Port counts and computing needs and speeds have skyrocketed since the days of laying bus and tag cabling underneath raised floors. Cabling infrastructures and data center design are at the heart of most businesses, yet until recently, there have been very few standards for professionals to follow when building, adding and/or maintaining their data center cabling.
Today’s data center professionals look to several major standards organizations, including:
The TIA’s standards allow guidance and inter-operability for many organizations. The TIA-942 is a published standard that offers a roadmap for proper data center design. When utilizing TIA-942 standards, moves, adds and changes can be done without major disruption to the infrastructure, and the cabling system stays neat without any of that dreaded “cable spaghetti.”
The standard is a smart alternative to point-to-point cabling in which patch cables are run from port A to port B. With a TIA-942 design, you use patch cords from the equipment to a patch panel and trunking products to run to a Main Distribution Area (MDA). At the MDA, all active ports are represented to allow you to make all of your MAC’s in one area with short jumper cables.
The IEEE 802.3ba is the standard for implementing 40/100G Ethernet. It dictates that fiber optic connectivity will be the primary means to achieve 40/100G speeds. Moreover, it outlines loss budgets and posits that the MPO connector be the standard for multi-mode transmission. It further states that a maximum distance of 7M is needed to run 40/100G, and that will be using “active” cables. It’s imperative to use the 802.3ba standards when designing today’s data centers.
BICSI provides information, education and knowledge for anyone in the IT industry. It has very current and in-depth standards for design and cabling best practices. The certifications it provides have become industry expectations for levels of understanding and knowledge. Any cabling provider worth its salt will have BICSI-certified technicians on staff.
So now that you understand the standards, and how to learn more about them, the next concern is what kind of technology will allow you to achieve the specifications that these standards put forth.
That’s where CABLExpress is ideal. The experts at CABLExpress are here to help you design the most efficient, scalable and future-proof data center possible. Our Skinny-Trunk Solution helps you meet and exceed the TIA-942 standards.
Give us a call anytime to learn the benefits of having industry-leading technology in your data center.