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Advances in Multi-Fiber Connectivity

Enable Data Center Flexibility, Manageability, Scalability and Security

Author: Dwayne Crawford

Format: 12 Page PDF - 2 Parts

What Is This White Paper About?

Part 1: Reducing Optical Loss in Multi-Fiber Connectivity

Today’s data centers are looking to deploy infrastructures that are ready to support 40- and 100-gigabit Ethernet (GbE) as well as flattened data center architectures to improve low-latency, server-to-server communication. Supporting these higher speeds and new designs is causing optical insertion loss budgets to shrink. To date, the loss values for many preterminated multi-fiber (MPO) solutions have only allowed for two mated pairs in an optical fiber channel. This has significantly limited the ability for data center managers to deploy flexible, manageable, scalable and secure networks.

Part 2: Optimizing Data Center Design with Low Loss Multi-Fiber Connectivity

Insertion loss is a critical parameter that determines the maximum distance of  an optical fiber channel for a given transmission rate. With reduced maximum channel loss  for 40 and 100 GbE, the loss values on multi-fiber connectivity have become more critical  than ever, especially when deploying multi-point architectures. Remember, both 40 and  100 GbE now have a total connector loss limit of 1.5 dB and 1.0 dB respectively. Connector  loss is directly related to how many mated pairs can be placed within a channel. However,  deploying 3-, 4- or even 5-point architectures allow data center managers to get back to  the basic, fundamental and time-honored best practice of convenient cross-connects and  zone distribution areas (ZDAs) that provide significant benefits in flexibility, manageability,  scalability and security.

Chapters in the White Paper:

Part 1

1 Reducing Optical Loss in Multi-Fiber Connectivity
2 Media and Connectivity Choice Matters
3 Why MPO-24 Falls Short on Loss
4 Belden is Leading the Way
5 New Standards Have an Impact
6 Why Does Insertion Loss Matter?

Part 2

7 Optimizing Data Center Design with  Low Loss Multi-Fiber Connectivity
8 2-Point Simple Channel Architecture
9 3-Point Architecture
10 4-Point Architecture
11 5-Point Architecture
12 Belden Gets You There

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About The Author:

Dwayne_Crawford-2Dwayne Crawford

Dwayne has over 20 years of experience in the datacomm industry, starting in the early days of dial-up Internet, when he founded DirectNET, an Internet service provider.

He has served on several international standards committees, advancing high-performance/low-latency protocols (IEEE-1394, GigE Vision, CameraLink) used in real-time image processing and utilizing high performance computing (HPC) platforms.

Since joining Belden, he has led his team in introducing innovative fiber products with a focus on overall customer solutions. Dwayne is also a Belden Data Center Specialist.

Who Is Belden

For more than 100 years, customers who have required unsurpassed performance and durability for signal transmission have counted on the Belden brand. In the 20th century, that trust was built on high-performance wire and cable products. Today, Belden designs, manufactures and sells a comprehensive portfolio of cable, connectivity and networking products for the transmission of signals for data, sound and video applications.