Recent updates to the TIA-942 standard indicate that optical infrastructure performance has never been at a more critical stage. This includes the addition of new fiber standards and connector platforms to achieve upcoming high-speed requirements, such as 25, 40, 50, 100 200 and 400Gb.
The reliability and performance of a data center's optical connectivity becomes even more essential to ensure the optimum performance of its hardware.
It is imperative to implement a layer one infrastructure that not only supports legacy and current speeds and transmission methods, but will allow existing infrastructures to migrate to these emerging data rates, connector platforms and transmission methods.
The challenge comes in effectively designing a structured cabling infrastructure to support a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, without having to significantly reconfigure layer one infrastructure.