Category Archives: Data Centers

Let the Ribbon Cables Roll…

Meet two new, totally gel-free fiber optic cables from OFS that feature the company’s exciting new rollable ribbon technology. Using cables with this ribbon design, users can literally double the fiber density in an existing duct.

First, the new AccuTube®+ Rollable Ribbon (RR) Fiber Optic Cable was specifically created to maximize duct utilization for ultra-high fiber count applications.

Available with 1728 and 3456 fibers in a single cable, the AccuTube+ RR Cable offers exceptional carrying capacity, highly efficient and cost-effective mass fusion splicing, and easy individual fiber breakout. This cable is an ideal choice for connecting data centers and serving as distribution for dense Fiber-to-the-Subscriber (FTTx) or mobile networks.

Next, available in 144 and 288 fiber counts, the new AccuRiser™ Rollable Ribbon (RR) Fiber Optic Cable offers the triple benefits of mass fusion splicing, compact size, and excellent flexibility for tough, indoor routing applications. Every element of this new cable was designed to offer high fiber density while helping to speed installation during a new data center or central office deployment.

As mentioned earlier, both of these cables feature rollable ribbon technology, the newest optical fiber ribbon design from OFS. To form these ribbons, twelve 250 micron fibers are partially bonded to each other at intermittent points to create a very flexible ribbon. This design allows the ribbons to be rolled into very tight bundles and routed similarly to individual fibers to facilitate use in smaller closures and splice trays. These “rolled” fibers can also be unrolled into a ribbon that can be spliced with traditional flat ribbon machines and procedures.

Cables with rollable ribbons enable mass fusion splicing by making individual fiber breakout easier than cables with flat ribbons. In addition, rollable ribbon cables allow users to literally double the fiber density in an existing duct. For example, the AccuTube+ RR Cable with 1728  and 3456 fibers can be installed in common 1 ¼ and 2 inch ducts, respectively.

As fiber counts rise, but duct space and cable storage are at a premium, these smaller and more flexible cables can be excellent alternatives to more traditional cable technologies.

To learn more about OFS rollable ribbon technology and these new cable designs, please visit the following links: RR Brochure, AccuTube+ RR Cable, and AccuRiser RR Cable.

 

Redefining the Limits of Optical Fiber

The adoption of mobile devices, data-intensive applications and 4G LTE networks are just few of the key factors driving the ever-increasing demand for greater network and Internet bandwidth.

In fact, a recent article in Optical Connections Magazine maintains that fundamental physics could pose a threat to the Internet’s continued expansion.

However, according to Robert Lingle of OFS, new fiber designs such as multi-core, few-mode and hollow core fibers could be          capable of extending the limit.

To learn more, go HERE.

It’s Never Too Late

If you missed the initial presentation, it’s not too late to view the Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) Cabling Standards Update Spring 2017 webinar hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance.

The TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee continues to develop and revise standards and specifications relating to cabling components and systems.  Because many North American cabling projects are specified to comply with TIA standards, these documents are among the most relevant to anyone involved in cabling-system design, installation, certification or management. This webcast seminar provides an update on some of the newest development and revision projects taking place in the TR-42 committee.

To learn more or access the presentation, which includes OFS’ Tony Irujo, please GO HERE.

 

Premier Industry Symposium to Feature OFS Technical Pros

Leading experts from OFS will present six technical papers at the first-ever UL and IWCS China Cable & Connectivity Symposium in Shanghai, China, from April 25 through April 27, 2017.

These presentations will cover a wide range of subjects from acrylate-based, harsh environmental coatings for specialty optical fiber to high-speed, SWDM transmission over Wideband Multimode Fiber.

To learn more about these technical papers and the Symposium, go here.

OM5 Multimode Fiber Has Arrived

As data centers increase in size and scale, many industry watchers wonder when the use of single-mode optical fiber will overtake multimode fiber in these facilities. For hyperscale data center designers, that time has arrived. However, for much of the enterprise market, multimode fiber still offers significant cost and power savings over other fibers for supporting short-reach links.

As you read this blog, multimode fiber developers are hard at work creating even more cost-effective, short-reach solutions. In fact, fiber manufacturers recently introduced OM5 wideband multimode fiber, which will support short wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM).

In a new ICT Today article, OFS Product Manager John Kamino takes an in-depth look at the evolution, introduction and standardization of wideband multimode fiber. To learn more, read here.

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.