AFL expands MicroCore data center cabling line

Nov. 5, 2012
New cable addresses vertical installation requirements.

AFL has expanded its sub-unitized MicroCore data center cabling line with the addition of trunk cabling suitable for vertically-oriented installation needs. Intended for pre-terminated MTP-MTP trunk schemes, the company says its new riser-rated cabling meets the demands of challenging fiber routing scenarios often encountered in multi-story installations.

"With floor space management an ever-increasing challenge for central office and data center operators in high-density population centers, applications are now extending beyond single-story constructions," notes Doug Baker, commercial manager for AFL's premise and enterprise cable division. "In many cases, networks necessitate the use of multiple floors within a building to accommodate all of the data storage and management requirements."

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AFL says its new sub-unitized MicroCore data center cable is qualified to the vertical trunk cabling standards of Telcordia GR-409-CORE Issue II. Available up to 144 fibers, the cable supports easy application of multiple termination schemes through the application of sub-cable technologies that are also suitable for routing through well-defined fiber management systems. When combined with the latest technologies in single-mode and multimode laser-optimized optical fiber, AFL contends that the cable can enhance network performance.

With a small diameter and superior bend performance, the MicroCore cable family is engineered to provide a high level of performance in a small package whatever the installation condition, says the company. The addition of UL 1666 Riser qualified cables to the MicroCore line is intended to provide flexibility in designing network architectures. NFPA 262 Plenum as well as IEC Low-Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) performance levels are also available.

See also:DSM, Telcordia team for fiber/cable microbending specification

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