Building and managing a fiber-optic network for a data center requires careful consideration of the network’s performance requirements, physical footprint, and anticipated expansion. Changes can happen quickly in data center networks, and the technologies supporting these systems can also evolve rapidly. Remaining aware of the latest available systems is critical. This On Topic Report provides information that equips you with knowledge and insights into data center technologies that will enable you to make well-informed decisions when specifying components and systems. It discusses currently available in-development fiber-optic technologies that optimize a data center build; the report also covers best-practice approaches to documenting and managing network builds.