DCN June 2017 - Page 10

on the cover Clever Cabling Scott Smith, channel director of RWL Advanced Solutions takes a look at the Panduit Product Portfolio and the how the advantages of a unified infrastructure approach may be beneficial. A s companies consolidate data centre operations, server virtualisation is becoming more common. The result is an increase in computing power, which challenges data centre professionals to optimise power and cooling efficiency, network reliability and performance, and the use of available space. It’s very important to understand and manage the physical infrastructure that connects the advanced technology within the DC Space – we should remember that the cabled infrastructure can in itself offer advantages. Whether you’re implementing a virtualisation strategy, managing a data centre consolidation project or solving network performance issues, it’s imperative that you fully understand the impact the physical infrastructure has on the connected environment. Small Diameter Cabling Solutions The introduction of Category 6A cabling allowed a single cable to carry 10x the information over prior categories by supporting 10GBASE-T transmission at lengths up to 100 meters. The major innovation that allowed this to happen was improvements in alien crosstalk, or coupling between adjacent channels. Unfortunately, this increased cable diameter and made Category 6A cables more difficult to work with. Panduit recognised the difficulty in cable management 10 | June 2017 caused by this increase in cable diameter and developed MaTriX Technology. MaTriX Technology utilises discontinuous metallic elements to eliminate coupling between neighbouring channels. By adding these discontinuous metallic elements, Panduit was able to offer a Category 6A cable with a smaller diameter (SD). This technology is available on the cable, connectors, and patch cords. Panduit recognised that the MaTriX Technology had the potential to solve new problems. Engineers in the R&D team found that it was possible to further reduce Category 6A cable diameter using MaTriX Technology with thinner gauge copper, with the trade-off of adding extra attenuation per unit length. Panduit settled on using 26 AWG wire, which meant the maximum channel length would be limited to 70 meters. This maximum length was deemed sufficient for nearly 6W"FF6VG&R'V27V'GV@G&6FWFW"Ed4@vr6&W2ffW#( "rFR6W7B6FVv'd6&PFR&WBb#C6֖"F6FVv'b6&W0( "r67BGfFvRfW"W7Fp6FVv'd66RBW6W2&FW726W"BW72FW&0( "0rRf&F2BFv20RvVBf"6FVv'b6&W26&R27W'Fr6&W@F6&WBƖ2&R6W"FW&Vf&P6&R66FW2&Rw&VFW"Fv2&RWB6V"vpf"&WGFW"&frvVV@&VB7FfRWVVB@vF6R6FVB