Fibre and copper cross paths in the data centre

The right mix of cabling technologies offers the ideal networking platform

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Fibre and copper cross paths in the data centre Helmy says the choice will remain for users between wireless and wired connections.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  August 24, 2016

A hybrid network environment where wireless coexists with wired connections will continue to define enterprise networking for the foreseeable future.

The adoption of WLAN has been growing significantly over the last few years, a trend that will only accelerate. However, in most cases, WLAN is used as an overlay of the wired networks, notes Tarek Helmy, regional director Gulf and Middle East, South & East Africa for Nexans Cabling Solutions.

It is expected that the throughput for wireless will remain significantly lower compared with wired connections. The result is that users will remain with a choice – wireless, with its benefits of flexibility; or wired connections through which they can avail better and faster network connections.

At the infrastructure layer, the optimal set-up should include a mixture of copper and fibre cabling, says Helmy. “Copper cabling should support migration paths to connect servers running from 1G to eventually 40G whereas fibre cabling should connect network switches running from 10G to eventually 100G,” Helmy says. “Good quality cabling and careful design help to minimise disruptions,” he adds.

Helmy says Nexans provides a range of solutions in both copper & fibre, with a focus on future requirements such as 10Gb, 40Gb, Intelligent Infrastructure Management (IIM), the Environmental Monitoring solution, and pre-terminated copper & fibre solutions for data centres.

Apart from offering a complete range of LAN cabling products, Nexans also offers value added services enhancing reliability and reduced cost of ownership for Network Managers, says Helmy.

“All our offered solutions are supported by the Nexans 25-year warranty program that covers products, performance, channel, and labour,” he adds.

These solutions are geared towards helping customers navigate through a rapidly changing networking environment.

The advent of cloud computing, Internet of Things and the trend to higher-speed Ethernet communications, including mobile apps, is making it more imperative than ever for data centre infrastructure managers to carefully consider their network architecture, notes Helmy. “In today’s competitive business environment, there is a need to implement the most cost-effective, future-proof connectivity infrastructure quickly and efficiently,” he explains.

The ever increasing flow of traffic - from the cloud in particular - is putting pressure on conventional network architectures, particularly in terms of ensuring business continuity, Helmy notes. “These developments affecting the data-centre environment place a new series of demands on the network at the level of cabling infrastructure, and are changing data centre design from the ground level up,” Helmy says.

The advent of cloud computing, Internet of Things and the trend to higher-speed Ethernet communications, including mobile apps, is making it more imperative than ever for data centre infrastructure managers to carefully consider their network architecture. In today’s competitive business environment, there is a need to implement the most cost-effective, future-proof connectivity infrastructure quickly and efficiently.

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