Nexans Data Center Solutions adds Active Optical Cables and Direct Attach Cables to its product portfolio
Fuquay-Varina, NC, January 29, 2018 – As cloud server connection data rates are increasing, both copper-based and fiber-based technologies are needed. To facilitate the interconnection of these technologies, Nexans Data Center Solutions (NDS) is announcing the availability of 10 Gigabit Direct Attach Cables (DACs), 40 Gigabit DACs and 40 Gigabit Active Optical Cables (AOCs). These products complement NDS’ existing portfolio of copper and fiber optic cabling, connectivity, and pluggable transceivers covering the entire physical layer link.
NDS Passive DACs and AOCs driving the increased performance of data centers
“10G is still the most common server data rate for a top-of-rack connection, and DACs are the most popular option for that switch-to-server connection,” explains Rakesh Sambaraju, Ph.D., Applications Engineer at Nexans Data Center Solutions. “But we see the growing use of middle-of-row or end-of-row connections as data rates are increasing. And that length typically exceeds the reach of passive DACs, so AOCs become more important.”
The Nexans family of passive DACs is designed to minimize size and power consumption in data center applications where port density is paramount. They offer a high-performance, cost-effective, and ultra- reliable solution for high-speed connectivity. The DAC’s are available in lengths from 1 meter to 5 meters and comply with the latest industry standards:
- The SFP+ 10G DACs are compliant with the IEEE 802.3, SFF-8431 and SFF-8472 standards
- The QSFP+ 40G DAC’s are compliant with the IEEE 802.3 and SFF-8436 standards
The Nexans family of QSFP+ 40G AOCs provides a high-performance, low-power, ultra-reliable solution that is optimal for data center 40GBE and InfiniBand QDR connections. All products are compliant with IEEE 802.3 and SFF-8436 industry standards and include digital diagnostics functions. The AOCs are available in lengths from 1 meter to over 20 meters.
“Our data center customers are looking for technology partners that can provide complete solutions, and we anticipate their needs by offering them the appropriate products,” adds Brooke Ford, Product Manager at Nexans Data Center Solutions. “The addition of the DACs and AOCs to the Nexans portfolio enhances our product offering for the data center market, and affords our customers the performance benefit of an integrated interconnect solution versus using passive patch cords to connect ports. As data rates change, we will add products to the family.”
Additional product details can be accessed at this webpage under the “Transceiver” product family.
About Nexans Data Center Solutions
Nexans Data Center Solutions (NDS) is committed to supporting hyperscale and cloud data center operators in scaling up capacity when and where needed as well as providing advice for overcoming any physical-layer-related network challenges and industrializing new concepts and approaches. With four competence centers worldwide and two world- class R&D labs, NDS is partnering with its customers to develop innovative approaches that can be implemented worldwide and which aim at improving both technical performance and ROI for its customers.
For more information, visit www.nexans.com/datacenters
Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide. Nexans’ teams are committed to a partnership approach that supports customers in four main business areas: Power transmission and distribution (submarine and land), Energy resources (Oil & Gas, Mining and Renewables), Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, Sea) and Building (Commercial, Residential and Data Centers). Nexans’ strategy is founded on continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development, customer training and the introduction of safe, low-environmental-impact industrial processes.
In 2013, Nexans became the first cable player to create a Foundation to introduce sustained initiatives for access to energy for disadvantaged communities worldwide.
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Nexans, acting for the energy transition, has an industrial presence in 40 countries, commercial activities worldwide, is employing close to 26,000 people and generating sales in 2016 of 5.8 billion euros. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A.
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“10G is still the most common server data rate for a top-of-rack connection, and DACs are the most popular option for that switch-to-server connection. But we see the growing use of middle-of-row or end-of-row connections as data rates are increasing. And that length typically exceeds the reach of passive DACs, so AOCs become more important.”
Rakesh Sambaraju, Ph.D., Applications Engineer at Nexans Data Center Solutions