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Emerging Technology Increases Data Center Fiber Connections

Belden’s DCX System Helps Data Centers Keep Pace With the Demands of 24/7 Connectivity

Connectivity is what drives business—and life. Everywhere they go, and in everything they do, people expect to be connected to data, applications, and each other.

To keep pace with the demands that 24/7 connectivity requires, data centers are evolving in four ways:

  1. Today’s data centers must be fast. Speeds are transitioning from 40G to 100G and emerging 400G Ethernet technologies. Although 400G links aren’t yet widely deployed, adoption will grow quickly in the coming years to ensure ultra-fast, high-performing data transmission.
  2. They must also be capable of handling high densities to get as much performance and usage as possible from a space to improve efficiency and lower operating costs.
  3. Scalability is also a critical consideration. When a data center can scale (grow) to meet specific needs, it won’t be over- or under-built—and it can accommodate whatever changes an organization needs to make to improve business in the future.
  4. Today’s data centers must also, of course, be cost-effective. This improves resource utilization and helps conserve capital and operating expenses so that more funds can be directed toward new revenue-generating initiatives

Achieving the right combination of speed, density, scalability, and cost-effectiveness is no easy feat. As data centers transform, cable performance is increasingly critical to ensure link quality. Fiber cabling is the only network infrastructure solution capable of supporting the data rates that data centers will need in the future. 

As a result, fiber terminations are growing from dozens to hundreds, thousands, and more in a single data center. In fact, Belden was involved in a recent data center project with a strand count in the millions. As more fiber cables are deployed, more fiber connections will follow. And as the number of connections grows, effective fiber management is vital to ensure uptime and efficient maintenance.

Because fiber demand has never been greater, Belden designed its DCX System specifically for fiber-dense environments. It helps data centers evolve to meet the demands for:

  1. Faster speeds: The DCX System can be futureproofed without infrastructure changes; support migration from any combination of 8- or 12-fiber pre-terminated adapter frames and Base-16 or Base-24 pre-terminated adapter frames.
  2. Higher densities: Maximize fiber management without taking up lots of valuable real estate by managing extremely high fiber termination density in a small footprint (3,480 or 4,608* terminations per cabinet). Adapter frames and flippable cassettes optimize system density, reduce network downtime, and provide easy polarity management.
  3. Scalability: Space-saving, modular, and fully configurable front-access cabinets serve as the main building block for a large fiber cross-connect or a high-density fiber interconnect. Housings are available in left-to-right and right-to-left cable flow configurations with a front-access design and modular cassettes that can be mixed on the same tray (Base-8, Base-12, Base-16 or Base-24) to enable easy and cost-effective migration.
  4. Cost-effectiveness: The DCX System optimizes the ROI of fiber infrastructure, reducing capital and operating expenses to offer lower total cost of ownership. Many termination methods can be used with the system to support different types of connectors based on performance, environmental, and financial needs.

The DCX System is designed for optimal performance, too. Bend radius control for incoming and outgoing cables maintains maximum signal integrity so that cables aren’t subjected to excess bending and attenuation. Patch cords are easily accessible with pull-out trays and clearance around connectors so technicians can quickly and efficiently make repairs, perform routine maintenance, and reconfigure networks.

The DCX System allows data centers to effectively manage growing numbers of fiber connections and maintain well-organized cables as fiber density grows.

Discover how Belden and Wesco can prepare your data center for the future.



This article was brought to you in partnership with Belden.
Belden is an American manufacturer of networking, connectivity, and cable products. With a legacy of quality and reliability spanning 120-plus years, they have a strong foundation to continue building the future. Together, Belden and Wesco deliver the infrastructure that makes the digital journey simpler, smarter, and secure.

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