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R&M launches next-gen FO cabling system

HD MPO solution accommodates up to 1152 fibre connections in one height unit

R&M launches next-gen FO cabling system
The HD MPO Module from R&M, designed to accommodate many fibre-optic connections in the smallest of spaces.

Swiss cabling specialist R&M today unveiled HD MPO, the company's modular, next-generation fibre-optic system for data centres.

A major issue for modern data centres is that of the upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks and subsequent migration to 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet, which needs to occur as seamlessly as possible and at a manageable cost. With the HD MPO system, R&M said it has calculated that the installation effort and expense per port will be reduced by 66% compared to previous systems.

"In today's data centre, agility is key and any new cabling solution should simplify the job of the data centre administrator rather than complicate it," said Jean-Pierre Labry, executive vice-president of R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

"We have identified that space savings, ease of assembly and the ability of the system to scale up to even 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet standards are now seen as essential criteria for physical infrastructure solutions. The newly developed HD MPO system satisfies all these requirements."

The core product in the solution is the HD MPO Module, a tray for coupling multi-fibre connections. The system facilitates the setup of high-density cabling systems for intense-workload data networks with parallel-optical connection technology. Consequently, data centres can introduce 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or even 40 and 100 GbE to connect the fastest servers and switches. The components, particularly the HD MPO Module, are installed using rapid assembly techniques. No tools are required to insert them into the subracks.

With MPO Modules, as many as 96 fibres can be connected in a single height unit in a 19-inch rack and as many as 288 fibres in three height units. In addition, R&M carries adapter plates that serve as compact patch panels to accommodate as many as 1152 fibre connections in one 19-inch height unit. In extreme cases, the new solution from R&M needs up to 96% less space than conventional cabling systems, the company said.

"R&M has devised a totally new method for light guidance in a cabling link," the company added.

"It renders complicated polarity reversal in connectors superfluous. Network planning becomes easier as a result. The times needed for installation are also reduced. The only task required for upgrading the cabling to operate 40/100 GbE is to replace the modules with adapter plates in the rack. The trunk cabling remains lying in the raised floor or in the cable run and is then simply plugged in again."

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