Cloud computing is growing at a rate of 18
percent a year with no signs of
slowing down. That’s not so daunting of a fact if you start from with a clean slate
and build your network exactly as you need it. But usually, operators are
working to scale up a network they have in place.
This poses several challenges for operators, outlined here:
The sheer fiber density required for today’s spine-leaf architectures can
be overwhelming -- so overwhelming, in fact, that it can create cabling chaos
if not properly planned for with a fiber panel solution. It needs to provide
not only density, but also ample connector access, organized cable routing and
- High-density, high-functionality splicing
As the density of fiber cabling has increased in cloud data centers, it
has commanded strong enhancements in connector density of fiber panels, and
density and functionality of splicing hardware.
All too often the functionality piece is overlooked. Fiber must be protected, routing paths must
be clear, mounting positions need to be accessible and installation materials
must be easy to work with. All of this must be accomplished while significantly
reducing the installation time on a per fiber basis.
With the advent of rollable ribbon technology in high fiber count cables,
it has effectively doubled the fiber density of these cables while maintaining
the same outer diameter, allowing for reuse of existing pathway spaces. This has upped the ante for fiber termination
and splicing hardware used with those cables forcing a doubling of capacity
while still being user-friendly.
- Flexibility with scalability
who’s worked in infrastructure construction knows that fiber counts and fiber
pathways can change during a given project.
Rack space can be scarce and can change locations. Fiber counts can change rapidly to meet
increasing capacity demands. This
requires fiber solutions with increased flexibility designed into the solution
that affords not only the flexibility to accommodate changes, but also the
ability to scale as capacity demands increase.
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To learn more about these challenges and how to
overcome them, visit
this handy site to learn the solutions available. You can also comment
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