With today's low-loss fiber connectivity, data centers are able to deploy various 40G- and 100G-ready multi-point architectures that offer flexibility, manageability, scalability and security. However there are several considerations involved in designing, deploying and testing these higher data rate, low-loss fiber channels. There is the difference between maximum and typical insertion loss values and how industry standards are defining channel and connector loss requirements. Data center managers also need to manage polarity issues and understand the best testing practices using the latest encircled flux method, the 1-jumper reference and the inclusion of patch cords in channel testing. Rather than just considering the number of connectors in a channel, data center managers also need to understand real-world power budget and insertion loss scenarios, as well as the various field-terminated and pre-terminated connectivity components available for ensuring peace of mind that the channel will support current and future data rates.
- Understand how industry standards are defining channel and connector loss requirements and the key fundamentals that must be considered when designing, deploying and testing higher data rate, low-loss fiber channels in the data center.
- Recognize the difference between maximum and typical insertion loss values published by manufacturers and their impact on designing and deploying fiber channels that ensure optimal performance.
- Identify potential polarity issues and learn about the various cabling options to properly maintain and manage polarity of preterminated multi-fiber solutions and ultimately ensure that transmitters are properly connected to their corresponding receiver within the channel.
- Discover the best testing practices and benefits of using the latest encircled flux method, the 1-jumper reference and the inclusion of patch cords in channel testing.
- Understand real-world power budget and insertion loss scenarios of various multi-point topologies to ensure peace of mind that the channel will support current and future data rates while enabling flexibility, manageability, scalability and security.
Dwayne has over 20 years of experience in the datacomm industry, starting in the early days of dial-up Internet, when he founded DirectNET, an Internet service provider. He has served on several international standards committees, advancing high-performance/low-latency protocols (IEEE-1394, GigE Vision, CameraLink) used in real-time image processing and utilizing high performance computing (HPC) platforms. Since joining Belden, he has led his team in introducing innovative fiber products with a focus on overall customer solutions. Dwayne is also a Belden Data Center Specialist.