Cabling is the backbone of the data center network and systems infrastructure. As such, careful planning and consideration is important when deciding on a data center cabling architecture. Key concerns are scalability, flexibility, manageability, availability, and total cost.
Each type of cabling architecture has notable advantages over the others relative to the data center’s function, density of equipment, uptime, and planned or unplanned growth.
This white paper reviews the best approaches to data center cabling design and discusses when it is appropriate to use each.