Explaining the Mantra of the OMs

In a recent article from Fluke Networks, Mike Mullens discusses the five variations of OM Fiber.

The five OMs all have the same sized glass cladding of 125 µm, that means the overall outer diameter is the same across all the OMs.  It is the rest of the nuances that we are here to help you better understand so you can choose the right OM for your installation.

This week we are learning the OMs (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) differences.

Optimizing Space with Layer 1

There are plenty of ways equipment manufacturers have kept up with Moore’s law by packing more computing power into smaller footprints. For example; new media like HD video capabilities on personal devices, new server design, and optimized power and cooling solutions have contributed to higher densities in the data center. However, managers must now focus on the infrastructure by increasing physical rack density, using open space outside the rack to free up space within the rack, and “going vertical” as new ways to gain space. Managers must also keep operating expenditures (OPEX) low, and should consider the adverse effects of added cable density on airflow for passive cooling. With the average cost per square foot hovering around $1,000, space optimization is imperative. Choosing the right passive products at Layer 1 is an excellent place to start.

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Transition Networks Introduces Device Management System Software

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Do you use the Ultimate Troubleshooter an OTDR?

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The Influence of Layer 0: What’s Causing Your Slow Network?

Even though there is not officially a Layer zero, in this recent article from Ron Tellas from Belden explores the critical role that network cabling has on network performance. Often the importance of using the proper cabling is overlooked but much … [Continue reading]

Lithium-Ion Batteries in the Data Center

Lithium-ion (LIB) – These energy storage systems are becoming an effective alternative in some data center applications. Offerings vary, depending on the selective chemistry of the batteries utilized. In general, LIBs can provide effective … [Continue reading]

AP Enclosures in Stadiums and Other High-Density Venues

High density of APs may be difficult to realize in open auditorium and stadium installations, due to the absence of a suspended ceiling or convenient walls. APs mounted up high will tend to interfere with each other. Most designers are choosing to … [Continue reading]

Fluke Networks Adds Support for Legrand Clarity® and Superior Essex PowerWise® PoE products

This new capability extends Fluke Networks as the only provider of certification products and services in the structured cabling industry with the capability to test and certify all IEEE standards and requirements for 802.3bt PoE installations … [Continue reading]

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Rack PDU

Over the years what once was a simple rack mount surge strip has evolved into a completely different animal, even a different name. There are now many options as well as form factors to evaluate in advance to determine the best solution. In their … [Continue reading]

Cooling Options for Open Compute Project Data Centers

As Facebook originally envisioned it for its Prineville, Ore. data center, the architecture uses direct air economization for cooling. That works well in cooler climates like Oregon, where you can often take advantage of cool outside air. But if … [Continue reading]