CommScope's COVID-19 Customer & Partner Hub Visit
At CommScope, technology keeps evolving. The SYSTIMAX® Ultra High Density Shelf was released to the data center market this year. It has an amazing capacity of 144 fibers with LC connectors. This density will solve many problems with high density collocation and blade server environments.
This innovation has made me think back to how density has improved over time. The 1U shelves that I installed early in my career only held two panels with 12 SC connectors for a total of only 24 fibers. The LC connector and increased density led to three panels per 1U with a density of 72 fibers, which was considered “high-density”. That was just a few years ago.
Today, 72 fibers are seen as typical density.
To be considered high-density today, a shelf must now accommodate 96 LC connectors. Now, CommScope has raised the bar to a new level, as its UHD shelf has a full 50 percent higher density compared to what’s available in the market today.
The UHD high density shelf has some other compelling features, too.
- You only need three modules to reach capacity.
- It’s available fully loaded or empty.
- There’s great patch cord management control that is located on the sides.
- And, it features labeling with magnification.
Of course, all of that connectivity in one shelf is no good if you can’t get your hands in there to work or manage the patch cords. That’s why this UHD can be pulled out from the rack and each module can be lifted out of the way to access the connectors below.
If density is a primary need, I believe the CommScope UHD shelf should be your number one choice.