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1 Data Center Cabling Design Trends BICSI Regional Meeting Maurice Zetena Fiber Connect

2 Infrastructure Trends Infrastructure Trends Any to All Trunk Cabling

3 Trends: Data Center Infrastructure Media Choice: Fiber Optic SM & MM Cat5e or Cat6 Connector Choice: SC LC MU Other Cooling: Ambient Cooled Cabinet Hot & Cold Aisle Routing:

4 TIA 942 = STRUCTURE Any to All design trends Change equipment not infrastructure

5 Non Structured Result Don t Let This Happen To You Improper Bend Radius No Clear Migration Path

6 TIA 942 Design Considerations Source: ANSI/TIA

7 Proper Planning Makes The Difference Equipment Placement - Cabinet Layout Switch Location Server Cabinet Patch Panel Use of Cable Management Panels Use of Vertical Cable Managers Example of Poor Use of Rack Space, No Migration Planning, & Poor Cable Management.

8 Any to All Any to All HDA or EDA Connectivity design will support multiple equipment and applications. Change out equipment not infrastructure MDA or HDA

9 Advantages: Any to All Any to All Allows for faster roll outs Designed Zones with multiple connections as required by equipment design Reduce the number of cable pulls Managed cabling strategy Trunk cables Adapt to frequently changing connection models or media types

10 Any to All Any to All Critical Design Factors Talk the same Language ie. Stands vs. Channels Enclosure / Cabinets Connector types Define Polarity Method Cable Types Equipment & Migration Path Redundancy Environment

11 Topology: MDA / HDA Topology: MDA / HDA Single Patch Point Rapid Deployment Future Growth Administration

12 Trunk Cables: What are the Advantages? What s Available?

13 Trunk Cables: What Are They? Multi Fiber Hybrid Bundled Pre-Terminated Factory Terminated and tested Jack to Jack Plug to Plug One side stubbed for easy dressing

14 Why use Trunk Cables? Why use Trunk Cables? Media Choice: Fiber Copper Performance: Quality Assurance Application Warranty Availability: Schedule Install Time Logistics Environment Price: Material Cost Labor Cost Less Scrap Installation: Design Future Growth Installer Skill Level

15 Trunk Cables: What is Available? Fiber Optic: Single Mode Multi Mode All Connector Choices Plug & Play Copper: Cat 5e Cat6

16 Copper Trunk Cables Copper Trunk Cables

17 Fiber Trunk Cable Assemblies Fiber Trunk Cable Assemblies Cables can be doubled ended or single ended Factory Terminated and Tested Connectors can be different types SC,LC,MTP, MU, other

18 Plug & Play Assemblies What Are They? Factory terminated modules that utilize multifiber (MTP/MPO) connector with breakout kit to individual fiber connectors for interconnect

19 Plug & Play: Alternate Building Blocks Plug & Play: Alternate Building Blocks Is Plug & Play Limited to Cassettes? MTP Brackets: Reduce number of Hops. Reduce System Loss. Reduce System Cost. Work above the Floor.

20 Trunk Cabling Systems Advantages: Simplified Installation Reduce human errors Less time in the floor less disruption and debris Factory terminated and pre-tested minimizes points of failure Uniform design and consistent documentation scheme

21 EXAMPLE OF MTP TRUNK / HARNESS SWITCH CABLING EXAMPLE OF MTP TRUNK / HARNESS SWITCH CABLING Trunk / Harness Configuration Fan Intake Remains Clear Proper Bend Radius Adherence Trunk Cable Feed From Under floor

22 Any to All Any to All Structured Cabling Topologies Choices

23 Direct Connect - Non Structured

24 MDA / HDA - Structured Non-MTP

25 MDA / HDA - Structured MTP

26 Fiber / Copper - Structured SAN

27 UPS PDU COLD CORRIDORE PDU UPS Fiber Connect, Inc. Hot and Cold Isles Relocated Equipment Future Equipment Grow th UPS PDU UPS PDU UPS PDU UPS PDU COLD CORRIDORE HOT CORRIDORE COLD CORRIDORE HOT CORRIDORE zzzzzzzzzzzzz HOT CORRIDORE COLD CORRIDORE HOT CORRIDORE COLD CORRIDORE HOT CORRIDORE COLD CORRIDORE PDU UPS PDU UPS PDU UPS PDU UPS PDU UPS AC Package Unit AC Package Unit AC Package Unit DB-A DB-B

28 Other Considerations

29 Don t Forget Cable Routing Cable Routing Defined Pathways Minimize Zig Zag Overhead Distribution Under floor Distribution Number Floor Grid to Allow for Easy Location Identification

30 Routing Methods Routing Methods J Hook Basket Tray Solid Based Cable Tray Innerduct Use of cable tray to facilitate routing and separation between media types - Fiber and Copper

31 Other Considerations Other Considerations Intelligent Patching Power monitoring Cabinet level Fiber distribution for SAN/SAN Distribution Switches Conveyance Under floor Overhead Tray or Basket

32 Other Considerations Other Considerations Room Utilities - coordination Remote mirroring Bookend approach to cabinet and switch placement Types of suppression systems

33 References

34 Thank you! & Questions

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