TE's data center universal connectivity platform pulls together fiber, copper cabling options

Jan. 28, 2013
UCP concept involves a range of TE components including: patch panels, subfloor panel and overhead panel mounts, preterminated links and adaptor modules.

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) has introduced its universal connectivity platform (UCP), a new modular cabling concept designed to enable speed and flexibility in facilitating data center migrations from 1 to 100 GbE. Aimed at data center and local area network (LAN) environments and supporting both copper and fiber component cabling, TE says the UCP platform delivers superior rack efficiency and is ideal for rapidly changing network communications infrastructure environments where space is at a premium.

Rack space is always an issue in the data center or telecommunications closet," comments Brian Davis, senior product manager, fiber and copper connectivity solutions, at TE Enterprise Networks. "The universal connectivity platform helps alleviate space challenges through its modular design and impressive feature set."

The UCP concept includes a range of TE components including: patch panels, subfloor panel and overhead panel mounts, preterminated links and adaptor modules. One commonly available patch panel is used to accommodate both copper and fiber and can be installed within or outside the 19-inch envelope. Side-mounting brackets maximize usable space along the vertical posts of the rack system, while adaptive mounting brackets can be used strategically above and below the racks.

Specifically, the UCP solution includes the:

-- UCP patch panels
-- UCP drawer-style enclosures
-- Preterminated fiber and copper quick-fit cassettes: MPO and MRJ21 cabling systems
-- UCP fiber quick-fit modules: LC fiber modules and MPO coupler
-- UCP copper quick-fit modules: SL series modules and blank modules

Zero rack unit accessories available include quick-fit brackets, vertical patch panel brackets, a raised floor panel mount kit and a wire mesh cable tray panel mount kit.

“While we do see a continued migration to fiber connectivity, most data centers today combine fiber and copper to some degree,” TE's Davis adds. “The universal connectivity platform helps our customers manage the two media in a cost-effective way, while strategically adding flexibility and scalability to their networks. It just makes sense.” Additional information about the new platform can be found at www.TE.com/UCP

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