Cable Pathways: A Data Center Design Guide and Best Practices – Part 4

Cable Pathways: A Data Center Design Guide and Best Practices - Part 4

Cable Selection

Outside diameter is the key to reducing cable fill in your cable tray and your cable management. Let’s look at the options available.

  • Copper cables are more difficult due to their weight and large OD compared to fiber optic cables. Copper cables are typically used for inter and intra rack communications.
  • Fiber optic cables offer options to reduce cable fill and can provide much greater bandwidth than copper.
  • There are many types of fiber optic cables designed for data centers that will dramatically reduce cable fill in cable trays.
  • Pre-Terminated fiber optic cables are also prevalent in data centers. They are used for many reasons including quality, dependability, and reduced installation time. Cable slack is hard to accommodate in data centers no matter where it is located—cable trays, vertical or horizontal cable managers. Every effort should be made to get the lengths right before they are installed

Shoreworx Communications will help you figure out which type of cable is right for your needs.

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