of the frequent questions asked by customers when buying a vehicle are about mileage, speed and the total
cost. Mileage, the distance a vehicle can be driven for a particular quantity
of gas, is usually noted as a number with an asterisk next to it indicating
that the value is applicable only under ideal conditions. Road performance,
specifically, depends on several factors which no one can assure. So, the customers
must determine the total cost of
same principal can be applied to networks.
Imagine if IT or data center managers used the same guesswork methodology to determine the channel length their fiber network could support for each
application. Imagine the potential transmission performance troubles that could
result. Critical parts of their network could fail to deliver the expected throughput, compromising the entire operation.
a case in point, recently a customer wondered if their applications would
continue to run if the channel topology was changed. Specifically the customer
wanted to change their channel topology from an interconnected configuration to a cross-connected configuration. The cross-connected configuration offered
improved security and flexibility, but it doubled the number of connections. Could
the applications tolerate the added loss of the additional connections?
active equipment locations, the interconnect configuration uses a single patch
cord to connect equipment to the cabling, while the cross-connect configuration
uses two patch cords and an additional patch panel. Security is enhanced by the cross-connect configuration because it allows
active equipment ports to be replicated at a local patch panel, permitting
circuit administration without requiring access to the active equipment.
CommScope we used our Fiber
Performance Calculator to analyze the new channel topology. This tool
combines our Link Loss Calculator with our fiber Performance
Specifications to provide functionality that is greater than the sum of its
parts. By simply entering or selecting a few parameters that describe the
target cabling channel, such as channel length, number of connections, and
fiber type, the Fiber Performance Calculator instantly calculates not only the
worst-case attenuation of the channel, but also lists all the applications that
will run over it. From this, we were able to quickly and confidently determine
that the customer could upgrade the channels to the desired cross-connect
back from this particular case, the Fiber Performance Calculator is a great
tool for checking various network
designs for application compatibility. Often customers have multiple
options they are considering. This tool can quickly assess each one, allowing
for rapid elimination of infeasible designs, exploration of alternatives, and
optimization of those that work.
infrastructure design, planning, and verification assistance eliminates guesswork
by providing quick and comprehensive analysis to customers and designers.
As rightly said, information is the key to
success. At CommScope we’ve got the resources
and tools that quickly give the information you need to be successful.