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.