Reduced-size fiber-optic cables target SAN/data center market

August 24, 2007 -- Berk-Tek has introduced its Micro Data Center Plenum (MDP) fiber-optic cables, designed specifically for the data center/storage area network (DC/SAN) market.

August 24, 2007 -- Berk-Tek, a Nexans company, has introduced its Micro Data Center Plenum (MDP) fiber-optic cables, designed specifically for the data center/storage area network (DC/SAN) market.

The MDP cable design incorporates Berk-Tek's patented dry loose-tube technology in a smaller O.D. and adapted specifically for the indoor-only DC/SAN and building backbone environment. The cable's patent-pending construction provides a 50% smaller cross sectional area than equivalent fiber count indoor cables, according to the company.

In DC/SAN applications, the MDP cables can help prevent cabinet and pathway congestion, enhancing airflow and facilitating more efficient cooling. When compared to traditional ribbon interconnect, premises distribution, and indoor/outdoor loose tube cables, the cables are designed to offer improved density, ease of installation, termination, and sub-unit handling in the DC/SAN space as well as for intra-building backbone infrastructures.

The cables are available with plenum ratings up to 72 fibers, and are also offered with aluminum or steel interlocking armor, as well as pre-terminated cable assemblies with multi-fiber MTP/MPO connectors or single-fiber type connectors such as SC, ST or LC.

"When combined with the Ortonics 12- or 24-fiber MPO low-loss cassettes and cable management systems, a far superior offering to the DC/SAN system designer has now been made available," contends Beni Blell, RCDD, fiber-optic product business manager at Berk-Tek. "The MDP product boasts a size and weight that is half that of competing cable designs, and has made possible specific enhancements to system performance, reliability, modularity and flexibility in the NetClear solutions for high-density data centers and storage area networks."

The cables will be available starting in August and are offered in multimode and singlemode fiber constructions including the company's GIGALite, GIGALite-10, and GIGALite-10XB laser-optimized 50-micron fiber.

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