Fiber trunks are pre-connectorised assemblies which are used to connect various data center zones. For example, the Optipack trunk system can be used to connect the equipment area of the data center (EDA) to the distribution area (MDA/HDA).
Unlike running individual jumpers to connect individual services, fiber trunks support multiple services. While the need for fiber connectivity within data centers is increasing on a daily basis, state-of-the-art fiber trunks have small diameters which enable the highly efficient use of data center pathways. Fiber trunks are one of the most important elements of fiber optic structured cabling when using plug-and-play connectivity.
Data center networking technology evolves rapidly and changes every 3-5 years. Fiber trunks have to be selected in accordance with existing networking applications, but must also support future applications. HUBER+SUHNER provides different solutions including Base-8, Base-12 and Base-24 systems.
The opposite approach to fiber trunks, and one which is very often selected by colocation and telecom data centers, involves the use of fusion splicing. HUBER+SUHNER also supports this approach through various cable and connectivity solutions.
HUBER+SUHNER has in-house production facilities for FO cables and FO connectors, and combining both products enables it to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of fiber trunks.
Fiber trunks enable installation time to be reduced and require less equipment and skills. Since fiber trunks are considered to be permanent installations, regulations define the properties of cables that may be used inside a data center. HUBER+SUHNER products are compliant with many global regulations, including CPR, NFPA 90A and GOST.
HUBER+SUHNER fiber trunks are available in different versions: outdoor, indoor, single stranded and multi-stranded. Outdoor fiber trunks are used to connect two nearby data centers, while indoor fiber trunks are used inside a data center.
Single-stranded constructions like MTP®-MTP® jumpers are typically used for the “in-rack environment”, while multi-stranded systems like Optipack trunk systems are used in high-density installations when a high number of fibers is required between the different areas.
High-quality fiber trunks are supplied by HUBER+SUHNER globally and can be tailor-made to customer specifications. They can also be supplied through our certified partners and local assembly shops in a very short time.
Please refer to the related documents for help on choosing the correct fiber type, polarity, staggering and gender when designing fiber trunks. Alternatively, attend one of the many data center certification trainings (DCCT)
which are organised frequently across the globe. Calculating the right fiber trunk length is a tricky task. For users of Visio, this tutorial can help save a lot of time when calculating the correct trunk lengths.
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