Can Your Network Infrastructure Support Emerging 5G Technology?

The launch of 5G is opening a world of possibility—with faster speeds, better performance and more reliable service—but the opportunities to come will depend heavily on real-time data, making lower latency and higher bandwidth more critical than ever. Legacy copper-based infrastructures won’t be able to keep up. A robust fiber-optic network infrastructure is essential to meeting increasing bandwidth demands.

As data centers continue to grow to keep up with these demands, there are many concerns facing data center managers. Namely, the cabling infrastructure needs to be reliable (no downtime), flexible (to accommodate change), and scalable (to support future growth). A robust fiber network is a solution to many of these concerns, however, one issue to meeting these demands with fiber is space. More bandwidth means more cable, which can be problematic when retrofitting existing networks.

Corning’s data center interconnect (DCI) solutions were developed specifically to address space constraints while minimizing installation time. Data center optical cabling systems utilize multi-fiber connectors referred to as preterminated trunks. Typically, the preterminated trunks are between 12 to 144 fibers and are used to connect different areas of the data center. But the ever-increasing data center footprint and changing network architectures being deployed are causing these typical trunk sizes to be insufficient. These trunks are now required to have fiber counts of 288, 432 and even 576 fibers in an indoor-rated assembly. The use of high-fiber-count trunks will allow for greater fiber density in cable pathways. Larger trunks can also reduce the deployment time required by reducing the number of cable pulls.  The reduction of cable pulls also reduces the overall installation cost.

Corning’s RocketRibbon™ is an extreme-density cabling solution that provides industry-leading density with twice the fiber count in approximately the same footprint of existing central tube and stranded ribbon tube design cables. It is especially suited for data center interconnect applications and other emerging network needs—such as 5G—where high-fiber availability is critical.

Leveraging Corning’s optical fiber cable design innovations, RocketRibbon cable allows operators to quickly install more capacity in the same duct space to accommodate increased bandwidth demand. The company says its RocketRibbon cables deliver up to 3,456 fibers in the same diameter as existing central and stranded tube cables. In addition to the improved fiber density, a unique ribbon design makes the fibers within RocketRibbon cable easy to manage, identify, and trace – all of which can significantly improve installation time and lower ongoing maintenance costs.

RocketRibbon extreme-density cables, combined with their innovative splice closures and hardware, can help meet the increasing bandwidth demands in your most challenging environment. Plus, Corning’s DCI solutions reduce installation time—including time to furcate, route and splice—by up to 50 percent.

Whether you are operating an enterprise, hyperscale/cloud or multitenant data center, your infrastructure must address reliability, manageability, scalability, and flexibility. Without a flexible cabling plan capable of easily accommodating common moves, adds, and changes (MACs), your network growth will be limited. A well-planned structured cabling system is capable of meeting the changing data center requirements these new trends are forcing, and can also carry you through several iterations of system equipment solutions and multiple generations of protocol data-rate increases.

Corning can help ensure that you have the tools, resources and support to empower the world through a future-ready, reliable, secure and cost-effective data center network.

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