Cabling Round Up: From Data Centers To High-Wattage Applications

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February 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm  •  Posted in Data Communications  •  0 Comments

Whether you’re installing cables at a data center or a university campus, there’s a lot to manage: space constraints, distance limitations, heat rise and performance concerns—the list goes on. There’s nothing ordinary about what you do. So why rely on a cable that’s average at most?

To help you choose the right cable for the job, we’ve wrangled up a few of our best options. Here’s the long and short of it:

28AWG Copper Cabling From Panduit

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The Need

Today’s telecommunication rooms and data centers are brimming with more equipment than ever. Not surprisingly, extra space is hard to come by. If we’re talking burgers, or bank accounts, bigger is definitely better. But in the data center, especially on the network cabling front, small reigns supreme.

Claim To Fame

With Panduit’s compact and powerful 28AWG Copper Cabling, you’ll achieve more with less. Compared to traditional Category 6A patch cords, these babies allow twice the number of cords to be routed through pathways and cable managers.

That translates into maximum network performance, easy cable management, and more services and systems—without the need to expand the physical space. A tight bend radius, improved airflow, and efficient cooling means streamlined cable management and lower operating costs.

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Powered Fiber Cable System From CommScope

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The Need

Many network-access devices accept a PoE input for power and communications, from Wi-Fi access points to HD cameras. But distance limitations complicate network planning. Power availability and device placement add insult to injury. Running power to the desired location before installation—and all that back and forth with utility companies and building owners—adds a layer of hassle and expense to the whole ordeal. But where PoE Falls Short, TE Connectivity picks up the slack.

Claim To Fame

Miles ahead of the game, the Powered Fiber Cable System is a superior method of powering and communicating with DC-driven devices. The engineers at TE Connectivity know that handling deployment and distance concerns is important to you. That’s why the Powered Fiber Cable System brings connectivity to devices up to two miles from the power source. No small feat for most, but a cake-walk for TE Connectivity, that’s 30 times the distance of PoE.

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EfficienC Max Cable From General Cable



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The Need

On a sunny beach, temperature rise is welcome. But for cabling, it’s a different story altogether. At elevated power levels, your average category cable solutions (5e and 6) generate heat that creates performance and cost concerns.

That means potential cable failure and degradation, and skyrocketing cooling costs. (Especially in temperature-sensitive environments like data centers.) As we push the envelope towards 100W capabilities, contractors need cables that power high-wattage applications—without getting hot under the collar, and with cost and safety concerns in mind.

Claim To Fame

General Cable’s EfficienC Max Cable, ready to deliver when the pressure’s on, prevents cable degradation from elevated temperatures. In fact, this cool-as-a-cucumber cable reduces temperature rise by 40 percent vs. a traditional Cat 6 cable. Plus, you’ll save on energy; reduce the impact of high-powered, non-standard PoE applications; and ramp up current-carrying abilities and attenuation performance.

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Todd Reed, National Market ManagerAbout The Author
Todd Reed, National Market Manager

As National Market Manager at Graybar, Todd’s goal is to find the best products and solutions to help contractors work more efficiently, stay safe on the job, and win more productive and profitable business.

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