Introducing the 10U Port Replication Panel: Density and Flexibility in a Small Footprint

Data center service providers offering SAN and Ethernet services often need to perform moves, adds, changes, and troubleshooting on the ports of the large core switches providing those services.

“Instead of working directly on the switch, it’s often easier to perform these activities at a passive patch panel that provides an exact, one-for-one replication of the port layout and labeling that’s presented on the front of the switch,” explains Brooke Ford, Product Manager – Fiber Connectivity for Nexans Data Center Solutions. “This not only helps reduce wear and tear on active components but also limits the opportunity for unnecessary maintenance errors that could otherwise have a big impact on traffic.”

Nexans has worked closely with its system integrator partners and cloud service customers to deliver a flexible, dense port replication panel solution that covers a variety of configurations. Initially supporting Brocade 8510 SAN Director and various Ethernet switch applications, the Nexans 10U replication panel provides an exact representation of switch inputs at a main distribution area in the data center.

The panel is designed with 19-in. mounting and 10.67-in. depth to enable, where desired, back-to-back installations in a 600 mm four-post rack.  With 10 available slots, as many as 640 duplex LC ports (1280 fibers) are supported

The new panel offers simple but effective fiber management in a very dense footprint. Multiple raised bridges allow for flexible options in Velcro or tie wrap strain relief; bridges are oriented in the same direction as cable entry into the panel for easy attachment, and positioned in alignment with entry/egress points. LC port adapters are secured with a metal bracket for a solid feel.

Snap-in mechanisms on the panel frame and easy-to-apply blade color coding and custom labeling simplify installation.

“With the 10U panel, Nexans also offers custom harnesses and assemblies to provide proper breakouts and staggering,” says Brooke. “This optimizes the cabling length for specific locations on the patch panel and creates the clean structured cabling solution required for such density.”

“With the 10U panel, Nexans also offers custom harnesses and assemblies to provide proper breakouts and staggering,” says Brooke. “This optimizes the cabling length for specific locations on the patch panel and creates the clean structured cabling solution required for such density.”

Brooke Ford, Product Manager – Fiber Connectivity, Nexans Data Center Solutions

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