Modularization to the Extreme—100G-SR10 Breakout Patch Panel

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When the data centers or server rooms are built, everything seems clean, tidy and well-organized. But with days passing and the increasing of cables amount, things changes rapidly and problems come out. The increasing demand of higher speed Ethernet has urged the data center to increase both cables and devices amount. According to researches, by the year of 2019, 50% of the network in data center will upgrade to 100G Ethernet which is mainly depended on multi-fiber optical cables.

Cable Mess, Too Much Stress

Although 100G is not the mainstream now, it is common to see that bundles of cables hanging unattached within racks, clutters of cables lay on the ground, or connections of links that are too tight and there is not way to move the switches without removing the cables. Telecom engineers in data centers are often proud to share pictures about before and after cabling in their social networks, which are likely to receive a lot of LIKES. Except entertainment, what should be focused on is what if 100G or higher data rate Ethernet becomes the mainstream. Would data centers still running well with the currently designs and cable management systems? Will telecom engineers need more time to deal with the cable mess in data centers? Apparently, some improvement has to be done to meet the needs of both current and future.

cable mess in data center

Module Plays A Great Role

More and more data centers are realizing that the upgrading of data centers should not be limited to the devices and cables. The designing and cabling management are also very essential to a modernized data center. Thus, ToR (Top of Rack) and structured cabling are created to replace the traditional point-to-point cabling, which can solve the problems of high density cabling in some extents. Meanwhile, the idea of modularization is become more and more acceptable during data center cabling. Switches are usually designed in rack unit. Fiber optic patch panels for high density cabling are manufactured to fit the rack size. However, the cabling mess is still inevitable in data center. To maximize the potential of modularization to the extreme, FS.COM creatively designed a new version of patch panel for 100G high density cabling—100G breakout patch panel.

Modularization to the Extreme—100G-SR10 Breakout Patch Panel

This high density breakout panel gathers 8 MTP elites in a standard 2U rack. Each of the MTP elite is attached with a 24-fiber MTP adapter connection on one side and 20 LC adapters on the other side. The MTP adapters are all installed on the rear panel of the rack. Every 20 LC ports of a MTP elite are logically grouped on the front panel of the rack as shown in the following picture. It can perfectly fit the application of 100G-SR10 transmission, by connecting the MTP Interface with CFP-100G-SR10 transceiver with a MTP trunk cable. Up to 800G transmission can be acheived with this breakout patch panel. The following picture show its port details and appplication guide.

100G-SR10 breakout panel

This standard unit of rack can easy solve a variety problems that are commonly happened in data center high density cabling with its great advantages.

Space Saving and Better Management: With MTP elites installed inside the rack, 100G-SR10 breakout panel works as a bridge for 100G to 10G connections. This breakout panel can distribute 800G to 80 streams data rate of 10G without additional cables. It replaces eight 100G MTP to 20 LC fanout cables, which can save a lot of space and management time. In addition, the adding and dropping of connections can be easily done with great flexibility and changeability.

Better Cooling and High Reliability: It is common sense that the less cables used, the better cooling efficiency the data center can have. Cabling congestion in data center can cause cooling issues. The use of this unit can largely decrease the cooling problems caused by cable congestion on the rack. High density usually means difficulty in management. Without well organized cabling infrastructure, mistakes like incorrect ports unplugging are commonly made. Sometime, the moving of a single cable from a large sum of cables might cause stress on other cables, which might cause errors. With this 100G breakout patch panel, downtime or mistakes caused by cooling issues and human errors are drastically reduced.

Time Saving and Cost Saving: In data center, time is money. 100G breakout panel, decrease cable management time greatly. Telecom engineers need less time during data center maintenance and fault location. In addition, fewer cables and cooling cost are invested.

100G-SR10 Breakout Patch Panel Solution

100G-SR10 breakout patch panels have made full advantages of fanout technologies and the idea of modularization. Currently, there are two versions of 100G-SR10 breakout patch panels provided in FS.COM, which are listed in the following table. Please visit FS.COM or contact sales@fs.com for more details, if you are interested.

Item Fiber Type Polarity Rear Panel Front Panel
HD-QSFP-OM4-8MTP/LC OM4 Type B-Cross 8*24-fiber MTP Adapters 8*20/Quad LC Adapters
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