Maximising Capacity - How Future-Ready Cabling Solutions Help Data Centres Optimise Their Space


The demand for data shows no sign of slowing down. First, there was the increasing adoption of cloud computing, the growing demand for virtualisation, big data, and video. Now, the internet of things, virtual/augmented reality, and artificial intelligence are driving an industry-wide push towards faster transmission speeds and a need for sophisticated fibre-management solutions.
Fortunately, today’s networking technology enables data centre operators and facility owners to meet this challenge on a number of fronts, establishing a future-ready infrastructure capable of handling even greater network strains. Optimising data centre density is the industry best practice for adding capacity, as it’s far more efficient and less costly than expanding the physical boundaries of the data centre.

There are many solutions that provide high-density capabilities, but the biggest challenge is “theoretical” vs. “usable” density. Data centre operators need to evaluate which solutions enable them to provide easily manageable, highly flexible, and scalable solutions that not only permit continuous moves, additions, and changes but also maintain the integrity of live circuits to reduce risk and maintain internal service-level agreements.

Corning has worked with data centre customers for more than 20 years to overcome these challenges and to deliver a range of solutions that provide the highest level of flexibility. Corning has been at the forefront of density solutions since the launch of our EDGE™ solutions back in 2009. Thanks to the recent EDGE8™ solution with universal wiring, Corning now enables port disaggregation of higher-speed 40/100G switch circuits to support 10/25G server connections. Port breakout modules deployed in the main distribution area can significantly reduce the number of line cards in the device for savings in both density and power requirements.
Corning’s project with managed service provider Kinetic IT to maximise capacity in Telehouse North’s colocation centre offers a great example of the transformative power of a high-density infrastructure solution and how the installation should be approached for maximum efficiencies.

Centrix System

  • The Centrix solution is a high-density fibre management system that provides a balance of industry leading density with innovative patchcord routing. The system can be deployed in multiple applications including central office, headend, FTTx, FTTCS, and data centre. 
  • It supports up to 4,320 LC or 2,880 SC connector ports per 7ft / 2200mm frame. 
  • Centrix is offered in a Front Access Cabinet that allows back-to-back configurations or mounting against a wall. The cabinet design provides optimized routing paths for jumpers, reducing the risk of pileup or entanglement. When using single-fibre jumper for patching, Corning recommends the use of 4 m long 1.6 mm patch cords in a single cabinet or for groups of up to 4 cabinets.
  • The foundation of Centrix is a cassette that can be tailored to include a variety of optical devices (splitter, WDM, attenuators etc.) providing flexibility and functionality within a single frame without sacrificing density.
  • Each cassette contains fibre guiding elements, a splice section and holds up to 24 SC or 36 LC connector adapters. Easy port access is possible due to a sliding cassette with drop-down handle. Housings can be ordered empty or pre-loaded with cassettes for on-frame splicing and are available as 1RU (holding 3 cassettes), 2RU (6 cassettes) and 4RU (12 cassettes).