Written by Stu Kushner

Upgrade Your Cabling Infrastructure to 100G – Part 2

Part 2 will provide more guidance regarding designing your data center’s optical cabling for 100G Ethernet.

IEEE & TIA Standards

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) standards are crucial because they set forth performance parameters. Technicians rely on IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet Standard to guide 100G transmissions via single-mode and multimode fibers.

Similarly, TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) standards set the performance parameters for structured cabling systems within data centers. Guidelines for cabling system infrastructure, data center design, spaces, and topologies are provided.

Optical Cabling Design Solutions

Optic fiber cabling deployed in 100G data centers must meet existing and future application requirements for supporting dependable network connectivity and ease of management for data centers, which are discussed in the paragraphs below.


Structured Cabling System


Considered a best practice, the structured cable is an essential element of 100G data center design. As a result, larger EoR switches connect several servers through structured cabling interconnections or cross-connections.


The TIA-942 standard for a structured cabling system supports low-latency transmissions between servers. It also enables scalability and flexibility, allowing cost-effective and fast expansions.


Optical Cabling Solutions Recommended


Known for optimizing performance, MPO-based connectivity utilizing OM3 and OM4 fibers is considered the best solution for 100G data center design. As a result, migrations from 25G to 100G can be performed conveniently.  Moreover, OM3 and OM4 fibers are part of the IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet Standard, providing scalability and high performance needed by 100G data center structured cabling systems.


100G Connectivity


Aside from supporting 100G network upgrades, MPO solutions utilizing OM3 and OM4 fibers meet the 100G data center requirements for bandwidth, insertion loss, and optical skew.


Getting Ready for the Future


Newer and emerging networking tech and applications are leading to the demand for greater data transmission rates and upgraded cabling systems in data centers. Optical connectivity solutions are required to address this development. The best approach is MPO-based connectivity with OM3 and OM4 fibers, which can make migrating data centers to 100G Ethernet easy and reliable.


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About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.