IIoT Helps Structured Cabling Make a Comeback in Data Centers

  • April 29, 2021
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IIoT Helps Structured Cabling Make a Comeback in Data Centers
IIoT Helps Structured Cabling Make a Comeback in Data Centers

The Communications Cable & Connectivity Association (CCCA) has released an article and video presentation that takes a look current trends in data center architecture to support network performance in the age of IIoT technologies like self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Advanced data analytics that support these technologies require faster transmission speeds and low-latency communication between servers and switches at the edge of the network.
 
The article takes a look at the current trends in data center architecture to support high-speed, low-latency performance, as well as advancements in technology and ensuing standards developments that are driving 25, 50 and 100 Gb/s server connections in both the enterprise and cloud/hyperscale data center environment. While there is no single infrastructure design for every data center, the current trends and developments make it clear that modern data center environments will benefit from the use of standards-based fiber optic structured cabling.
 
As modern hyper-converged data center environments look to support these emerging technologies, switch-to-server connections must not be a weak link in the chain. Migration strategies for switch-to-server connections that were once projected to advance from 10 to 40 Gig have now evolved due to innovations in switching technology. To minimize latency and bottlenecks, data centers have also shifted away from a traditional three-tier architecture to a more efficient fullymeshed leaf-spine fabric architecture. When it comes to switch-to-server connections, these technology trends indicate that fiber optic structured cabling with an “all-to-all” cross connect scenario may ultimately make the most sense for modern data centers.
 
Data center managers embarking on modernization projects to support high-speed, low-latency performance would therefore be wise to keep their eye on the evolving landscape and the timeless benefits of structured cabling. The article and video [Free Presentation Video] covers advancements in technology and ensuing standards developments that are driving 25, 50 and 100 Gb/s server connections in both the enterprise and cloud/hyperscale data center environments. While there is no single infrastructure design for every data center, the current trends and developments make it clear that modern data center environments will benefit from the use of standards-based fiber optic structured cabling.

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