Modular design, per my observation, is one of the best practices in the data center. CommScope’s Living Infrastructure recommends modular designs for the data center white space. Living Infrastructure is an architectural approach to designing, deploying and evolving data centers that encompasses a comprehensive portfolio of structured cabling solutions and planning tools.  The zone distribution cabling deployment model organizes the data center white space by zones as illustrated in the figure here.

The figure summarizes three variations of the zone. Each ellipse represents a zone type. Depending on the location of the access network switch racks shown as the small red rectangle in the figure, a zone may be the type end of row (EoR), middle of row (MoR) or dedicated network row. Once the zone is specified, the zone can be repeated across the white space of a computer hall. CommScope Living Infrastructure provides reference designs for zone cabling.

In my opinion, the zone distribution model is very suitable for medium, large and even mega data centers.  The zone distribution model provides excellent scalability, flexibility and consistency across the data center. Cabling channel configurations can be consistent across zones when utilizing the model. The cabling channel configurations include cable length, number and locations of connectors, patch cord length, etc.

With the consistency in cabling channel configurations in the zone distribution model, pre-terminated cabling, such as SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH solutions, can further assist end users for rapid deployment in the data center.

Is your data center white space organized?

 

About the Author

Frank Yang

Frank Yang is manager, Market Strategy Development, for the ISP Fiber business unit of CommScope. Frank leads the market strategy development for data center, central office and enterprise campus markets. Prior to CommScope, Yang worked at Dell and was responsible for server hardware development. He serves as Marketing Chair for Next Generation Enterprise Cabling Subcommittee of Ethernet Alliance. He received a Master of Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and has several patents, articles, white papers and publications under his name. Frank is a frequent speaker at various global and national level opportunities, for example, Data Center Summit, Ethernet Technology Summit, OFC conference, the Ethernet Alliance’s Technology Exploration Forum, Cable Installation and Maintenance (CI&M) Webinars, BICSI conference, etc. Frank holds CloudU, Cisco Certified Network Design Professional (CCDP) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certificates.

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2 comments for "Data Center Zone Distribution Cabling Deployment Model"
Robert

Great blog. This is very informative.

George Shih

Hello, Frank This is George Shih, former SYSTIMAX sales in Taiwan, we met in US before, I’ve read all your articles and found useful and expertise Just curious to ask if Ethernet fabric will be popular in future which means the single tier networking architecture will take advantage over three tier networking architecture, will Zone distribution is still suitable instead of direct connect architecture? If not, how to design the cabling architecture to resolve the scalability and pathway design limitation for this fat trees network pattern? Pls advs

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