Telx selects TE Connectivity to support new data center campus
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) says it has been chosen by Telx to supply high-density fiber connectivity products for Telx's new data center at 100 Delawanna Avenue, Clifton, NJ. Telx has designed the 215,000 square-foot data center for faster and more robust access to equipment connections.
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) says it has been chosen by Telx to supply high-density fiber connectivity products for Telx's new data center at 100 Delawanna Avenue, Clifton, NJ. Telx has designed the 215,000-square-foot data center for faster and more robust access to equipment connections.
“Telx sought a cross-connect network infrastructure that seamlessly bridged the gap between carriers and customer co-location equipment and for use between individual collocated customers,” said Ron Sterbenz, senior vice president of product and marketing for Telx. “The solution needed to address large counts of fiber coming in from both outside and within the floors of the facility, while simultaneously balancing the accessibility requirements for technicians managing equipment connections.”
To manage the data center connections, Telx chose TE’s portfolio of high-density fiber products – including the NG4access ODF, Rapid Fiber panel, FiberGuide raceway, multifiber push-on connector (MPO), and microcable system.
The NG4access ODF includes an optical distribution frame, universal chassis, LC adapter packs, and MPO modules. It handles the carrier connections on each end of the data center lineup. Each chassis features access trays on the front or back side of the frame, providing technicians with unrestricted access to fiber-optic connectors and cable for maintenance and service changes. Additional NG4access ODFs were installed in the middle of the lineup to serve as the cross-connect solution for customer co-location applications.
When considering both current and projected fiber density, the NG4access ODF was a clear choice for Telx, TE aserts. The optical distribution frame holds 3456 LC fiber terminations and features ample trough space and protection for cables and connectors. With interchangeable adapter packs for LC or SC connectors, cabled modules, and MPO modules, the NG4access ODF offered modularity to meet a variety of future connection requirements. To reduce cable congestion, the NG4access ODF was designed for TE’s 1.2-mm microcable patch cords, which require half the space of traditional 1.6-mm patch cords and provide better handling and performance characteristics than larger diameter cable.
TE says its Rapid Fiber panel was chosen to facilitate faster service connections between the active equipment and the NG4access ODF cross-connect lineup. Using TE’s RapidReel fiber cable spool, the Rapid Fiber panel pays out dual 12-fiber 3-mm microcable to the desired length. Available in 100-foot increments (up to 1000 feet), the multifiber cable terminates to a MPO connector, which enables a plug-and-play connection to the MPO module in the NG4access ODF. By adopting the MPO connector architecture, Telx can route and install new equipment faster and more efficiently, while simplifying their overall cable inventory requirements.
TE’s FiberGuide raceway system was installed throughout the data center to protect and route the fiber-optic patch cords and intrafacility cable (IFC) to and from the NG4access ODF, Rapid Fiber panels, and active equipment racks. The raceway ensures a 2-inch minimum bend radius is maintained throughout the system – ensuring uninterrupted, optimal fiber performance. The combination of TE’s microcable and MPO connector system helps to minimize cable congestion in the FiberGuide raceway and ladder racking systems, and reduce the need for slack cable storage, TE says.
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