Preparing for 40G / 100G Networks with High-Density Fiber Patch Panels

The migration to 40G/100G networks will drive a number of changes within the data center and pave the way for the ever-increasing bandwidth needs of cloud computing, web services and virtualized applications, among others. At the top of the list of these changes is the considerable challenge of cabling and cable management in a high-density computing environment.

In the 40G/100Gb world, the cable plant will need to manage devices of varying bandwidths, leading to an overabundance of fan-out cables with different legs and connectors to meet the needs of devices of varying speeds. Without some type of convenient patching solution, the result will be a cluster of cables that make it difficult to install, maintain and upgrade network equipment.
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Four Benefits of High-Density Fiber Patch Panel Solutions

With new advances in networking technology, such as the introduction of 40Gbps switches, as well as the 100/120Gbps switches in the not too distant future, IT professionals¬†will be confronted with the problem of connecting high-speed switches not only to high-speed devices, but also to legacy, slower-speed devices in a flexible, adjustable and cost-effective manner. [Read more…]