Category Archives: Data Centers

OFS Showcases Award-Winning, Next-Generation Multimode Fiber

 

Data centers and enterprise networks continue to require ever-increasing speeds. Yesterday’s 10 Gbps networks are rapidly being replaced by 40 and 100 Gbps speeds, and 400 Gbps networks are on the horizon. How can today’s network designers best support this increasing demand for bandwidth?

TIA has standardized a new multimode fiber to support short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM). Referred to in the industry as “wideband” multimode optical fiber, this new fiber type extends the ability of conventional OM4 fiber to support multiple wavelengths. Wideband optical fiber will also maintain the cost advantages of multimode fiber for short-distance applications by supporting duplex fiber links at speeds up to 100 Gbps and 400 Gbps eight-fiber links.

At the BICSI Winter Conference this week, OFS is showcasing its award-winning LaserWave® FLEX WideBand Multimode Optical Fiber. This fiber is designed to support today’s high speed 850 nm-based systems and tomorrow’s multi-wavelength systems. Optimized for SWDM, OFS WideBand Optical Fiber is the best choice for short-reach enterprise and data center applications.

For the latest WHITE PAPER on LaserWave FLEX WideBand Optical Fiber, please go here. Also be sure to visit OFS in booth 614 at the BICSI Winter Conference (January 22-26-2017 – Tampa, FL).

Fueling the Next Information Revolution

Silicon photonics technology is coming to market at a time of momentous change for Internet content providers, data centers, chip and optical components manufacturers and telecom service providers.

In fact, silicon photonics (SiP) is set to change a number of these industries, as a new book co-authored by Daryl Inniss of OFS explains.  Silicon Photonics: Fueling the New Information Revolution outlines the history of SiP development along with the many roles that this technology will play in the future.

The authors cover key topics including the latest research assessing SiP development and prospects; how SiP addresses the challenges of managing bandwidth over distances and within systems; and potential applications of SiP, including servers, data centers and the Internet of Things (IOT).

To read and learn more about this book, click here.

The Top 10 Myths About Submarine Networks

Sharks will eat submarine cables. Actually, sharks don’t seem to like the taste of these cables.

While submarine cables carry a tremendous amount of the world’s data, the “prevailing wisdom” about undersea networks suffers from many common fallacies. These misconceptions range from myths surrounding past technologies to those that involve “toothy” marine life.

A recent article in Lightwave helps to debunk the top 10 myths around submarine networks. To read more, click here.

 

The Standards They Are A-Changin’

Recent activity in the TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee produced multiple standards affecting the specification, design, installation and management of fiber optic cabling components and systems.

To help providers understand these changing standards, Product Manager John Kamino will take center stage in a webinar sponsored by Cabling Installation and Maintenance on October 27, 2016. During this session, John will discuss topics including the ANSI/TIA-492AAAE Standard for Wideband Multimode Fiber and revisions in the TIA-942-B standard for Data Center Cabling.

To learn more and register for this webinar, please visit HERE.

New Fiber Optic Cable Helps to Speed Deployment with Direct Outdoor-to-Indoor Routing

OFS will launch the newest addition to its growing Premises Cable product line at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio next week.

Specifically designed to offer high-fiber density and speed of deployment in the backbone of Data Center and Central Office networks, the new AccuRiser™ Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable allows cables to be terminated only as needed.  This capability helps to eliminate the costly splicing of OSP cables at the building entrance, while also freeing up limited space and helping to save on time, an essential factor to efficient installation.

To see and learn more about the AccuRiser Indoor/Outdoor Ribbon Cable, visit OFS booth # 333 at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, September 11-15. The following links offer access to the product data sheet and white paper on this new cable.

U. S. Data Centers Getting “Greener”

A decade ago, America’s data centers were widely viewed as the source of a huge new environmental problem. As internet use grew by leaps and bounds, data centers were creating air pollution and greenhouse gases while guzzling electricity at a ferocious rate.

But a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that, from the way they are cooled to how their masses of computers save power when not fully in use, data centers are becoming more energy efficient.

To read the article, please go HERE. To access the full study, please go HERE.

How Much Fiber Will Be Enough?

As more devices are connected and new applications developed, the amount of information carried on the Internet continues to grow. In fact, the Cisco Visual Networking Index shows global IP traffic increasing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 25 percent per year. With optical fiber as the only transmission medium capable of supporting this explosive growth, service providers are beginning to wonder “how much fiber will be enough?”

In a new Cabling Installation & Maintenance article, Dave Mazzarese of OFS considers the impact of increased bandwidth on all segments of the fiber network and takes a look at new methods and technologies to help meet the increasing demand.

To learn more, please go HERE.

Infrastructure Matters

Fiber optic cabling infrastructure delivers the capacity and reach needed by today’s most-demanding enterprise and data center networks. However, simply choosing optical fiber as a transmission medium does not alone guarantee exceptional performance. As with any infrastructure, a fiber optic cable network must be properly specified, deployed, tested and maintained to meet user needs.

In a new webcast from Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Tony Irujo of OFS partners with industry colleagues from CommScope and EXFO to discuss a broad range of issues on cable network deployment that must be addressed to ensure proper system performance.

To learn more and view this webcast, please go HERE.

 

Hold the Presses!

A former Chicago Sun-Times printing plant is being transformed into a state-of-the-art mega data center. The new center will serve the growing demand by downtown Chicago businesses and clients who need cloud solutions, co-location and other in-demand data center services.

QTS, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, bought the shuttered plant back in 2014. The company, which just completed the first phase of renovation, says that there is pent-up demand for data center capacity, particularly so close to downtown Chicago, because companies are increasingly moving to digital businesses.

To read the full article, please go HERE.

The Search Is On!

Have an exceptional new product or project?  If so, Cabling Installation & Maintenance is looking for you!

The 2016 Cabling & Installation Maintenance Innovators Awards celebrate the most outstanding and innovative cabling and communications technology products, applications and projects at the BICSI Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

With the deadline for submission on May 25, learn more by CLICKING HERE.