Top Five Data Center Cable Connectivity Issues

Cable interconnectivity is vital for any data center network, with fiber optic cables as the media of choice. With the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth and faster data transmissions, this media has become sophisticated. In today’s blog, we outline best practices and pitfalls to avoid when undertaking these complex installations.

Fiber optics are a critical component in your data center network infrastructure because they can transmit information at much higher speeds than copper wire or coaxial cable. But that doesn’t mean you should just plug them together willy-nilly! There are some important considerations to keep in mind before installing fiber optic cables into your facility’s racks and closets.

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This article outlines 5 common mistakes made by those who install fiber optic cables into their facilities‘ racks and closets without first considering the consequences of their actions on performance, reliability, safety, security or cost effectiveness. The article also includes tips on how to avoid these mistakes so you can get it right from the start!

-Don’t use too many bends in your cable runs  -Don’t bundle too many fibers together -Avoid using connectors that don’t have an integral strain relief feature -Use only high quality connectors designed specifically for optical cabling applications -Beware of loose strands within a connector ferrule (the metal sleeve surrounding each individual strand) which could cause premature failure due to excessive stress on the glass core inside each strand

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Make sure your cables are connected

Ensure that your patch panels are secured to the rack and not just “hanging” by their cables

Make sure all of your fiber raceway is mounted flush against the rack-mount rails, or with enough clearance so that they can’t be pinched or pulled out of the runs when equipment is installed.

All too often we encounter perfectly good lengths of cable being thrown away because someone in the past simply snipped off their pigtails without paying attention to where those fibers/cables would later be needed.

It’s a common scenario – both experienced techs and novices alike will cut off old fiber optic cables assuming that nobody will ever need them again for any reason (when, in fact, they did!). This may leave some Understand the different types of cable connectors 

Successfully manage and maintain a data center network

Explain best practices for fiber optic cables

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Cable interconnectivity is vital for any data center network, with fiber optic cables as the media of choice. With the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth and faster data transmissions, this media has become sophisticated. In today’s blog, we outline best practices and pitfalls to watch out for when implementing or upgrading your cable infrastructure in a data center.