Cabling for a Modern Data Center

In order to survive and remain afloat in the modern competitive times, it is imperative for your business and website to always be up to date with latest technology. Businesses around the world are undergoing constant change so that they can remain competitive. There is a need for flexibility and mobility in data centers. Instead of building new data centers, businesses are looking at upgrading their current infrastructure to meet their business objectives.

With an increase in cloud computing, businesses are scrutinizing data centers to ensure s

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ecurity, availability, environmental friendliness and adherence to the required standards. Today’s data centers make use of a variety of cabling models and architectures to ensure compliance with these standards.

The goal in the data center is to move data quickly and that means using the fastest possible data communication links. Fiber channels and 10 gigabit Ethernet are commonly used today.

Data cabling is usually routed through overhead cable trays in modern data centers, although there are still data centers who utilize raised floor cabling because of security reasons. Smaller data centers without raised flooring sometimes use anti-static tiles for a flooring surface.

Modern data centers make use of unique cabling architectures for data center equipment usage. Two of the common designs are top-of-rack and end-of-row. With top-of-rack, the servers are in a rack with the switches that serve them. The connection between the two is short and less expensive copper cables are used – UTP or CX-4, as well as fiber. The disadvantage to this is that there are more switches to manage.

End-of-Row design is a rack of switches on the end of a row serving the servers and connecting to other racks of switches in other parts of the data center. Server- and switch racks are connected by UTP for up to 10G or fiber for any speed. SM fiber is becoming more popular because it offers unlimited bandwidth and distance.

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