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5 Reasons to invest in MPO/MTP cabling systems

The constant rise in data traffic, demands for high levels of performance, along with the increasing adoption of smart devices, are continuing to put a strain on data center capabilities, with many organizations considering fiber optic networks. Here we look at five key benefits of investing in MPO/MTP – just in case you haven’t already.

01. Increase cabling density

Traditional cables only have a single pair of fibers. MPO/MTP cables are available in configurations from 8 to 32 fibers in a single cable, so, it is probably stating the obvious (but worth underlining), that one of the key benefits in moving to the technology is enhanced data rate performance – with MPO/MTP increasing density by up to 32 times.

02. Simply bridge the gap between existing 10G or 25G systems to newer 40 / 100G

With constant changes to technology, upgrades and new installations, maintaining a data center is always a challenge. MPO/MTP breakout cables can help bridge the gap between existing 10G or 26G systems and newer 40G/100G, with an MPO/MTP connector on one end, and “break-outs” of LC connectors (8 or 12) at the other end. Integrating the two systems can reduce the cost and time taken to upgrade and transition old to new. What is more, standardized pre-terminated cables can save all the time and effort that would normally go into crimping RJ45 cables, and streamline complex cabling into carefully arranged stacks. This should save more than a few minutes of your time!

03. Drastically reduce the amount of cabling in your data center

Replacing this complexity (and the cocoons of cables that seem to infest some data center racks using traditional methods) with a reduced number of higher fiber density MPO/MTP cables which take up less physical space, also has the added advantage of allowing air to flow more efficiently around the data center and therefore reducing cooling requirement. Feel the breeze!

04. Modular pre-manufactured / terminated systems save a lot of time (no onsite splicing!)

The modular approach to MPO/MTP, with pre-manufactured adapter panels and cassettes also makes life easier by guiding all those tiny fibers, which would normally need to be individually arranged in every switch, into organized bunches or segments. With the huge number of cables required in a typical data center, this modular approach can help get you organized and save yet additional time. No on-site splicing, less headaches and, potentially, more weekends off!

05. Reduce signal offset for super high fiber optic performance

If your business (you are in high-frequency trading, for example) demands a high performance/low latency network, one important thing to consider is signal offset (alternatively known as “delay skew” or “propagation”). To maintain high performance within a fiber optic connection it is crucial that the signal offset or skew between the parallel connections is kept to an absolute minimum. This is the only way that the information being sent can be synchronized and re-combined successfully at its final destination. MPO/MTP systems enable signal offset to be measured and minimized. Job done!

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MPO/MTP systems are definitely the way forward, with key advantages in organizing, managing and structuring the data center, simplifying upgrades and installations, integrating old with new, as well as reducing precious resource time and improving network performance.

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