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Data center fiber management: trends and testing best practices

  • November 10, 2020
  • 11:00 a.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. GMT / 8:00 a.m. PDT

Guillaume Lavallée

Product Line Manager

Guillaume Lavallée is a Product Line Manager at EXFO. Guillaume is responsible for the optical solutions in the Installation & Maintenance division. He holds an MBA and a university degree in Physics Engineering specialized in optics. Guillaume has over 12 years of experience in the telecom industry during which he has built a strong expertise in test and measurement best practices.

Mike Cooper

Systems Engineer – Key Accounts, CommScope

Mike supports our global Enterprise Key Account Team as an Infrastructure Specialist. Mike has been with CommScope for 15 years and has had several roles including leading the North American Field Application Engineering Team and the Hyperscale/Cloud Multi-tenant Data Center Field Application Engineering team. Mike assists clients who are building the next generation of networks to ensure they have an extraordinary experience specifying and using CommScope solutions.
Mike started his career in 1993 working for a data/comm contractor in the Chicagoland area. From there, he worked in distribution and finally was a partner in a manufacturer representative agency before coming to CommScope. Mike has been with CommScope since 2004. Mike graduated with an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business in 1999. Mike obtained his BICSI RCDD certification in 2006, the NTS certification in 2009 and the DCDC certification in 2014.

Within a data center environment, a cross connect cabling plant offers a variety of benefits. Most importantly it involves a dedicated patching area that makes moves, adds and changes easier to manage. The patching area isolates mission critical active equipment, so there is less risk of disrupting live circuits while servicing the patch panels. Additionally, cross connects to carriers and cloud providers can also save money, improve reliability, and add versatility to their network.

Cross connects require more cabling, and as such, the proliferation of patch cords in a cross connect topology becomes a critical concern. As fiber counts rise, a good cable management strategy is imperative.

At the same time, during the installation of the cable management system and throughout its life cycle, it is important to follow testing best practices to ensure everything is working as planned and avoid costly reworks.

In this webinar, EXFO and CommScope join forces to discuss the latest trends in cross connect cabling for data center architectures, as well as testing and troubleshooting best practices to improve efficiency—making expansion and upgrades faster and more reliable.

Key takeaways:

  • Cross connect cabling benefits
  • Characteristics of cable management systems
  • Best practices to ensure first-time-right deployments
  • Testing & troubleshooting techniques

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