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With the continued requirement for expansion and scalability in the data center, cabling infrastructures must provide reliability, manageability and flexibility. Deployment of an optical connectivity solution allows for an infrastructure that meets these requirements for current and future data rates. A key factor when choosing the type of optical connectivity is scalability. Scalability refers to not only the physical expansion of the data center with respect to additional servers, switches or storage devices, but also to the scalability of the infrastructure to support a migration path for increasing data rates. As technology evolves and standards are completed to define data rates such as 40- and 100-Gbit Ethernet, 32-Gbit and higher-speed Fibre Channel, and 40-Gbit and higher-speed InfiniBand, the cabling infrastructures installed today must provide scalability to accommodate the need for more bandwidth in support of future applications.
100G Ethernet Technical Facts
What parameters affect a product's ability to support 100G? Which of these is the limiting factor?
Bandwidth and insertion loss each impact the ability to meet the standard’s transmission distance of at least 100 meters over OM3 fiber and 150 meters over OM4 fiber. The transceiver specifications impact distance, transceiver cost and the amount of loss allocated for the fiber and connectors in the system. For products that meet the bandwidth and the cable fiber skew performance criteria, system loss will be the limiting factor in transmission distance.