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MPO/MTP Cassette Solution

MPO/MTP Cassette Solution for High Density Data Centers

Data centers are consistently undertaking their own migration. Especially when 40G/100G/400G network has become an irresistible tendency, which also brings the quest for greater bandwidth and higher density optical connectivity – the increased port density, therefore, drives escalating power consumption. So, if it’s possible to reach a balance between high capacity and low power consumption? – MTP/MPO technology makes this challenge viable by offering a constructive and reliable solution.

 

 

With the continuous drive of the application and popularization of the network media in the cloud computing environment, the multimode fiber jumper is also developing, from OM1  to OM2, and from OM3 to OM4 to use the VCSEL laser optimization technology, the bandwidth demand is increasing. New OM4 Multi-mode jumper fiber standard EIA/TIA492AAAD is introduced, which provides a better transmission mode for multimode fiber in the future wide application. This article provides an ideal communication solution for your data centre, servers, network switches, telecentres, and many other embedded applications that require high-speed data transmission.

 

To face the challenge of migration from 10G to 40/100G Ethernet network, the fiber technology for higher data transmission speed has developed in a really fast manner. Under this trend, a series of high density fiber equipment, especially MPO/MTP products, are designed to control the costs, by way of maximizing return on assets. Have you ever known about MPO/MTP products, for instance, MPO/MTP cable, MPO/MTP cassette and MPO/MTP patch panel, which are very popularly used in recently years? Among these high density products, MPO/MTP cassette plays an indispensable role in 10G to 40/100G migration, as one of the ideal solutions for high density data centers. The following will mainly introduce the basic information of MPO/MTP cassette and illustrate how it is used for 10G network and the upgrading from 10G to 40/100G network.

MPO/MTP Cassette—Ideal Solution for High Density Fiber Cabling System

MPO/MTP cassette is a modular module that offers secure and smooth transition between MPO/MTP and LC or SC discrete connectors, achieving a better management on the high density fiber cabling system. It is always loaded with 12 or 24 fibers, with LC or SC adapters on the front side and MPO/MTP adapters at the rear, which enables user to take the fibers brought by a trunk cable and distribute them to duplex cable.

At present, there are two types of MPO/MTP cassettes available, LGX MPO/MTP cassette and HD MPO/MTP cassette, both of which have the advantage of scalability to increase density for optimum serviceability and manageability if the data center requires. Besides, there is a special kind of cassette designed with TAP port, which can be used to easily access and monitor the data.

Three Commonly Used MPO/MTP Cassettes

As we all know, the most widely used interface of 10G optics is LC connector. Accordingly, the commonly used MPO/MTP cassettes are MTP-LC cassettes that feature optimized performance and superior optical and mechanical properties. 1xMTP(12-Fiber) to 6xLC duplex cassette, 2xMTP(2*12-Fiber) to 12xLC duplex cassette and 1xMTP(24-Fiber) to 12xLC duplex cassette, with specific port configurations. Both of them can be used for 10G network and the application from 10G to 40/100G.

MPO Ultra High Density 12-fiber Cassette MTP Compatible OM4 Multimode LC

This ultra high-density panels patch up to 144 LC fibers per RU to provide an inter-connect or cross-connect between backbone horizontal cable and active equipment while minimizing rack space in a frame or cabinet. 
HeyOptics offers Ultra High Density Chassis System and Accessories include: 144 fibers 1U MPO-LC Ultra high-density fiber rack chassis and 576 fibers in 4U rack chassis, 12 Fibers MPO-LC fiber module cassettes and adapter patch panels.

MPO Ultra High Density 12-fiber Cassette MTP Compatible Multimode OM3 LC

This ultra high-density panels patch up to 144 LC fibers per RU to provide an inter-connect or cross-connect between backbone horizontal cable and active equipment while minimizing rack space in a frame or cabinet.

HeyOptics offers Ultra High Density Chassis System and Accessories include: 144 fibers 1U MPO-LC Ultra high-density fiber rack chassis and 576 fibers in 4U rack chassis, 12 Fibers MPO-LC fiber module cassettes and adapter patch panels.

 

MPO Ultra High Density 12-fiber Cassette MTP Compatible Singlemode LC Duplex

This ultra high-density panels patch up to 144 LC fibers per RU to provide an inter-connect or cross-connect between backbone horizontal cable and active equipment while minimizing rack space in a frame or cabinet.

HeyOptics offers Ultra High Density Chassis System and Accessories include: 144 fibers 1U MPO-LC Ultra high-density fiber rack chassis and 576 fibers in 4U rack chassis, 12 Fibers MPO-LC fiber module cassettes and adapter patch panels.

MPO/MTP Cassette for 10G to 10G Application

MPO/MTP cassette can be used for 10G network, with the function of connecting one 10G device to another one. It is generally known that a duplex LC fiber patch cable can be chosen for direct connection if the two 10G devices only need to be connected for a short distance transmission. However, once long distance transmission is required between the two devices, a MPO/MTP cassette would be a good choice for this 10G interconnection or cross connection.

MPO/MTP Cassette for 10G to 40G Application

It is highly suggested to use a MPO/MTP cassette to connect 10G device to 40G device, as an optimal solution. Similarly, if the distance is very short between the 10G device and the 40G device, a MTP-4 duplex LC fiber patch cable can be used for direct connection. But when long distance connection is needed, this method can’t meet the requirement any more and a MPO/MTP cassette is strongly recommended for this interconnection or cross connection.

MPO/MTP Cassette for 10G to 100G Application

We can learn a 2xMTP(2*12-Fiber) to 12xLC duplex cassette is used for the 10G to 100G application. Is there any point we should note in the upgrading? Of course, a MTP-10 duplex LC fiber patch cable can simply address the upgrading for direct connection if the 10G device is not far from the 100G device. But when the distance between the devices is very long, the MPO/MTP cassette is also very essential for the 10G to 100G application.

 

Conclusion

MPO/MTP cassette enables fast deployment of high density data center infrastructure that also allows for improved troubleshooting and reconfiguration during moves, adds and changes. At present, there are three most commonly MPO/MTP cassettes, 1xMTP(12-Fiber) to 6xLC duplex cassette, 2xMTP(2*12-Fiber) to 12xLC duplex cassette and 1xMTP(24-Fiber) to 12xLC duplex cassette, both of which are able to support 10G network and the upgrading from 10G to 40/100G.

 

Server virtualization and the development of cloud computing, as well as the development trend of network convergence, bringing a faster and more efficient data centre network development needs. At present, 48x 10G channel composed of 10G switches, mainly limited to the use of SFP+ module to achieve the connection. In order to meet the higher bandwidth requirements, users can use a high-density QSFP+ high-speed cable to complete the connection, by increasing the data transmission rate of each channel and increase the port density to meet customer’s high bandwidth requirements.

Data centers have an unceasingly demand for bandwidth, yet the best way to satisfy this appetite is to keep the proliferation of fiber connection and to build ever-faster links. MTP/MPO assemblies have become the default cabling solution in data center: they are a natural fit for parallel optics. At the heart of every MTP/MPO assembly lies the MTP/MPO connector, which utilizes multiple fibers to realize optical transmission. The fibers can transmit and receive data simultaneously, which dramatically enhance the network speed and performance. The following picture takes 40G link for example to show how to achieve parallel transmission.

 

MTP or MPO fiber links are compact, pre-terminated, able to handle massive bandwidth (up to 400G) and even plug and play by design. Gone with the days when installers have to manage hundreds and even thousands of single- and 2-fiber connector solutions. MTP/MPO technology emerges to accommodate higher volume of connectors within ever-tighter space constraints. It significantly reduces the amount of time, effort, and space required to install and deploy network. Meanwhile the future updates, additions, and changes to the structured cabling are also simplified. The fiber density made MTP/MPO cabling a perfect fit for data centers with serious space constraints and massive cables.

 

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