Leviton revamps data center fiber cabling approach

April 20, 2021
Leviton says it has relocated all of its plenum data center fiber cable manufacturing to its facility in Fuquay-Varina, NC. The move enables the company to integrate its plenum-rated fiber cable into its pre-terminated fiber cable assemblies.

Cabling and connectivity provider Leviton says it has relocated all of its plenum data center fiber cable manufacturing to its facility in Fuquay-Varina, NC. The move enables the company to integrate its plenum-rated fiber cable into its pre-terminated fiber cable assemblies, a capability enabled via its acquisition of Berk-Tek in September 2020 (see “Nexans to sell LAN cable unit Berk-Tek to Leviton”). Leviton believes the manufacturing integration, which sees the company manufacture its own fiber cable, connectors, connectivity hardware, and cable assemblies, as beneficial to hyperscale, cloud, and enterprise data center customers.

Leviton asserts the integration will provide its customers with more options, faster response times, and improved cost-effectiveness. "Integrating our own plenum-rated fiber cable into our pre-terminated fiber cable assemblies is a key step following the acquisition of Berk-Tek," explained Dave Mullen, senior product manager for Leviton Network Solutions, the Leviton business unit that sells structured cabling systems for data center, enterprise, education, health care, government, and commercial mixed-use markets. "It helps us further optimize our service and logistics to provide data center assemblies quickly and cost-effectively. Also, by directly controlling both the manufacturing of the fiber cable and the fiber cable assemblies, Leviton is now able to increase its capacity and further expand its product line, making what is oftentimes a custom configuration for some manufacturers a standard offering for Leviton."

Leviton’s line of data center and enterprise fiber trunks includes Opt-X Unity ultra-low loss, Opt-X Enterprise DC low loss, and plug-and-play standard loss options. The company also provides connectivity systems, design and planning assistance, and localized customer service globally. "Some of the biggest data center operators in the world – including active equipment manufacturers and cloud network services – rely on Leviton for their fiber networks. We are proud to be one of the few companies in the world to manufacture both complete fiber and copper solutions," Mullen concluded.

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