Data Centres - Future-proof interconnects between servers, switches, and storages.

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Data Centres - Future-proof interconnects between servers, switches, and storages

 

You can empower your data centre with ProLabs' wide range of networking devices: high speed 100G solutions for connections, direct attach and active optical cables for the many short reach interconnects in your racking to help you to expand and grow your existing data centre or create an entirely new one. All with you focusing on the equipment you’re connecting, without having to worry about the connections.

How to Minimize Data Centre Operations Costs by Choosing the Right Transceivers

Thousands of fiber optic transceivers are needed for effective, efficient, & high performance data centre interconnects.

With price and costs only increasing, choosing the best transceivers is crucial not only for the network but also for your budget. Avoid letting module costs consume your operating expenses with the following tips for designing an ideal data centre transceiver configuration.

Tip 1: 100% Compatibility is Key

Whether compatible or OEM modules, both must be able to communicate seamlessly and instantly within the network. The main quality difference between identical fiber transceivers is in the supplier and whether it’s provided by the brand vendor. Typically, OEMs will rely on the supplier’s coding and testing since they rarely produce the modules themselves. Batch testing is also common among certain suppliers, meaning only a handful from each order are tested for full compatibility. The best third-party vendors like ProLabs code and test 100% of optics to the exact specifications of original devices in real switches & routers, rather than by emulation testing. Meeting users' demands through a supplier who has the experience and confidence to certify their transceivers as fully interoperable with the OEM switches is vital to guaranteeing success.

 

ProLabs tests, validates, and assures compatibility with over 90 vendors and counting.

ProLabs tests, validates, and assures compatibility with over 90 vendors and counting.

 

Tip 2: Lower Power Consumption for Lower Operating Costs

In addition to cost, it's important to consider the energy efficiency of transceivers. The power consumed by fiber optic transceivers will vary depending on the manufacturer’s build quality. Some suppliers may use cheaper parts or cut corners in their processes to make their modules perform normally, but are not reliable over long usage periods.

Power consumption may only differ by a few tenths of a watt per unit, but this difference accumulates daily to an exponential difference in daily operating costs. Today’s data centres aim to operate with efficiency metrics between 40% and 70% of the critical load. This means that for every 1 watt of IT critical load used, an additional 0.4W to 0.7W of support load is used to cool and maintain the data centre. Given these data centre economics, reducing the IT load by 1 watt means reducing to total power load by 1.4 to 1.7 watts – compounding into significant savings over time. Through lower power consumption optics, data centre managers can minimize operating costs and its impact on OPEX and CAPEX.

Tip 3: Save Space with Higher Density Optics

One of the top considerations that IT architects have when building a data centre is its space utilization. Modules with smaller form factors can save more space than others with the same operating rate. A typical 40G QSFP+ optical module is about 78mm long and 18mm wide. You can see that it is much shorter than a CFP optical module that is approximately 144mm long and 82mm wide. As a result, fiber optic transceivers with smaller form factors can provide optimized space-saving solutions for a high-density data centre.

 

Save Space with Higher Density Optics

 

DACs and AOCs: What's the Difference?

What are the differences and best use cases between DACs and AOCs?

Direct attach cables (DACs) and active optical cables (AOCs) are simple, cost-effective cabling solutions that are designed for the same ports as SFP+ or QSFP transceivers. DACs and AOCs are most commonly used for data centre interconnects, but they can be an indispensable part of any network.

However, what are the differences between them and which should you choose for your network deployments?

 

DACs vs. AOCs:

  • DACs use copper-based cabling while AOCs use fiber-based cabling.
  • DACs are mostly used for Top of Rack while AOCs are used for both Top of Rack and Middle of Row configurations.
  • DACs lower power consumption and widen temperature ranges.
  • AOCs are capable of much greater distances, getting up to 100m of reach at up to 400G speeds.
  • AOCs are generally more expensive than DACs in both their final prices and daily operating costs.

Let ProLabs help maximize your budget for less.

Many IT managers are experiencing difficulties with operating their data centres due to its high overhead costs. ProLabs OEM compatible optics provide the benefits without compromise with up to 70% savings. From helping reduce data centre power consumption to saving space with high quality modules, ProLabs can help you no matter the project complexity by choosing the optics you need.

 

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Let ProLabs help maximize your budget for less.

Many IT managers are experiencing difficulties with operating their data centres due to its high overhead costs. ProLabs OEM compatible optics provide the benefits without compromise with up to 70% savings. From helping reduce data centre power consumption to saving space with high quality modules, ProLabs can help you no matter the project complexity by choosing the optics you need.

 

Featured Products

Deploy reliable fiber links in your 400G environment with 400G OSFP DACs - Economic cabling solutions to scale your data centre to 400G & beyond. When building towards 400G in the data centre, cost-effective cabling options are often limited. With few quality providers, OEM options are costly and quality can vary.Build dependable high speed 400G connections with cost-effective OSFP DACs:

OSFP-400G-PDAC1M-C PART # 10298266

OSFP-400G-PDAC1M-C | 10298266
MSA and TAA Compliant 400GBase-CU OSFP to OSFP Direct Attach Cable (Passive Twinax, 1m)

 

CAB-O-O-400G-1M-C PART # 10298268

CAB-O-O-400G-1M-C | 10298268
Arista Networks CAB-O-O-400G-1M Compatible TAA Compliant 400GBase-CU OSFP to OSFP Direct Attach Cable(Passive Twinax, 1m)