While 3G and 4G Ethernet networks may have sufficed in the past, the advanced digital era now demands greater data capacity. One solution is in 10G networks, with 10 gigabits per second connecting markets to each other, to data centers, and to the Internet. Category 6A (CAT6A) cables enable 10G transmissions and are the cable of choice for structured cabling networks. If you are one of many data center managers with a 10G network today, you may need advice on selecting the right CAT6A cables to support your infrastructure. Here are tips and information from the pros at C Enterprises.
Of the two major techniques in fiber optic cabling connection, pre-terminated is far and wide the most popular. Pre-terminated cables offer a range of advantages over field termination or factory termination. In this day and age, managers need to examine the pros and cons of both carefully for long-term return on investment. Whether you are the manager of an IT team, data center, campus, or office building, learn the costs and benefits of pre-termination to discover if it’s right for you.
When ordering fiber optic cables, you’ll come across one major crossroad – to choose pre-terminated or custom terminated cables. Comparing and contrasting the two will lead to a list of benefits and drawbacks for each. It can be difficult to know which is the right choice for you. A list of pros and cons of each can help you make the correct decision for your enterprise.
While there are several ways technicians can terminate fiber optic cabling, there are two main techniques users can choose today – factory pre-terminated or field termination. Both have redeeming factors and different elements to recommend them. Examining the pros and cons of each type can help you decide which would benefit your enterprise the most.
In the field of fiber optic cabling, termination refers to the addition of fiber optic connectors to each fiber. While technicians have come up with several ways to terminate fiber optic cables, there are two major methods for termination – field terminated and pre-terminated. Learning the differences between the two – and their strengths and weaknesses – can help you decide which is a better fit for your deployment.
As of January 2017, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recognize OM5 as within their standards. OM5 is the official designation of a recently released wideband multimode fiber medium. OM5 specifies a wider range of wavelengths to support wave division multiplexing (WDM) technology. It is fully backwards compatible with existing fiber specifications. Learn more about OM5 and how its recognition may affect the cable assembly industry.
The digital era is driving the need for increased transmission speeds and bandwidth. Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are fueling the change from 10 gigabits per second (Gb/s) to 40 and 100. Both 40 and 100 GB/s transmission use plug-and-play MPO/MTP trunk assemblies to enable faster deployment and to handle larger amounts of complex data from more than one source. In the face of next-generation transmission speeds, data centers need to optimize their overall fiber cabling performance. They need to understand the differences in quality between types of fiber.
Businesses can purchase copper cable products – including networking patch cords, peripheral interface cables, and A/V solutions – from a variety of vendors. The market for copper cabling ranges from freebies that come with equipment to high-end custom solutions. While cables may look similar on the outside, the materials, design, and construction affect overall performance. A high-quality copper cable resists interference, short circuiting-related downtimes, and environmental changes.
Network cabling configurations vary widely. Space, application, data transmission speeds, and maintenance requirements all change the look and feel of a copper or fiber optic cable. Whether you are building new infrastructure or expanding and upgrading your existing network, you would be well advised to look closely at the provider of your pre-terminated cable assemblies. Knowing whom you can trust to deliver high-quality network cable assemblies on time and under budget will affect the project and performance for years to come.
Sometimes, you need copper or fiber optic cables in a flash. When you are in a pinch and need cables as soon as possible, C Enterprise’s C-Flash service is your go-to solution. We don’t ask why you need cables shipped same day – we just make it happen. We build and ship your cable assemblies the very same day, no strings attached. Our rapid cable delivery service is just one of the ways we facilitate success for our customers.