The exponential growth of data traffic is making it necessary to rethink today’s network structures. Infrastructures for edge computing are already being created. The edge trend is leading to a paradigm shift in cabling
By Murugesan R
The sheer mass of data, some of which has to be processed in real time, is making it necessary to move computing performance to the edge of wide area networks. There can be no bottlenecks on the way there or in the edge infrastructures themselves. The edge needs high bandwidth and low latency everywhere.
Providers need large amounts of fiber cables to be able to provide the necessary transmission performance. The many fiber optic connections are installed in highly dense, sensitive operating environments. Quantities of this scope as well as the packing density can no longer be managed in a traditional way. They have to be monitored fully automatically from a distance.
New monitoring systems offer such automation possibilities. But they have to be able to do more than just support technical management. They also have to be able to be used for compliance, economy and asset management. Integrated hardware and software solutions are just the thing. They control the inserting and removal of cords. They document the passive infrastructure and the equipment, follow changes and contribute to increased efficiency. The entire infrastructure is represented in a consistent, permanently up-to-date database.
Ensuring simple handling of cables
It is important to reserve sufficient space for cables and cable management. Poor cable management can lead to transmission errors, a loss of performance and even network downtime. Naturally the cabling should not influence the cooling of the edge equipment. High-density patch panels and slim line patch cords leave plenty of space for airflow.
After all, it is the patching that counts. It is very difficult to grip connectors with highly dense cabling. Push-pull connectivity simplifies the work. By using pre-terminated and factory-tested modules, the effort involved in installation is reduced and reliable functionality guaranteed.
(The author is the Senior Director, Sales – Private Networks, R&M India)