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MTP Trunks for High Density Data Centre

The need for high bandwidth has never stopped. High bandwidth means more fibres are needed for the cabling infrastructure. The demands certainly change the network architecture to be more complicated. For spine-and-leaf architecture, each leaf switch in the network is interconnected with every spine switch. As a result, with leaf-spine configuration in data centres, fibre counts can multiply very quickly compared with traditional three-layer distribution architectures.

Besides, 40GbE and 100GbE grow quickly in the data centre. Relatively, the interface of parallel optics like 40G QSFP+ changes to be MPO/MTP with 12-fibre instead of duplex fibre. And that also increases the fibre counts in your data centre structured cabling. As data centre evolves, links require 144 fibres, 288 fibres or even more. So data centre managers are in front of many challenges such as limited space, deployment efficiency and of course the cost.

MTP Trunks Deployment Solutions

To address these challenges, many data centre cabling designs use MTP trunks with up to 144 fibres. In data centres requiring more than 144 fibres, multiple runs of a 144-fibre cable assembly are typically installed to achieve the total desired fibre count. For example, if a link requires 288 fibres from the main distribution area of the data centre to another location, two 144-fibre trunk cables would be installed. This method can reduce the physical space capacity for future growth. Figure 1 depicts the space savings across three deployment scenarios in a 12-inch x 6-inch cable tray with a 50 percent fill ratio:

  • 4,440 total fibres using 370 x 12-fibre MTP trunks
  • 13,680 total fibres using 95 x 144-fibre MTP trunks
  • 16,128 total fibres using 56 x 288-fibre MTP trunks


Figure 1. Comparison of trunks with different fibres

MTP connectivity is one of the important solutions used in high density environment. MTP cable allows for the deployment of optical fibre termination of 12 fibres at a time rather than individual termination of single fibre strands. In addition, this kind of cabling is easy for future migration to 40/100/200/400GbE networks using parallel optical technologies. To achieve high-fibre-count cable and connectivity, various implementation options are available.

MTP Trunks

MTP trunk cable assemblies are offered in fibre types in standard 12, 24, 48, 72, 96 or 144 core versions in a compact and rugged micro-cable structure. With high port density, it brings big savings in installation time and cost. Due to its discreet premium connectors and special fibre, it delivers low insertion loss and power penalties in high speed network environment. And the multifibre connector and compact dimension also ease the space pressure in costly data centres.

MTP trunk cables are available in either mesh bundles or distribution fan-out trunks since infrastructure designs, cabling environments and pathway types are different, MTP connectivity in backbone cabling can employ different methods. Below are two possibilities:

Cables that are factory terminated on both ends using MTP connectors (MTP-MTP trunks)
Cables that are factory terminated on one end using MTP connectors (MTP pigtail trunk)


Figure 2. MTP assemblies types

MTP-MTP Trunks

MTP trunk assemblies are used where all fibres are landed at a single location at each end of the link—for example, between the main distribution areas (MDAs) and the server rows or between the MDA and the core switching racks in a computer room or data hall, as Figure 3 shows. Additionally, MTP-MTP trunks also appear between MDAs of multiple computer rooms or data halls where open tray is the pathway.


Figure 3. MTP-MTP trunk assembly deployed in a computer room

MTP Pigtail Trunks

MTP pigtail trunks can be used for environments where the pathway doesn’t allow for a pre-terminated end with pulling grip to fit through—for example, a small conduit space (see Figure 4). This approach is common when needing to provide connectivity between MDAs of multiple computer rooms or data halls. Additionally, a deployment using pigtail trunks can be useful when the exact pathway or route is not fully known, avoiding exact length measurement before ordering of the assembly.


Figure 4. MTP pigtail trunk field terminated in two computer rooms


Many factors should be considered to plan and install a data centre cabling infrastructure for actual and future needs, especially in high density environments. So before choose the best cabling installation solution, you need to take following points into concern:

  • Application environment: inside or between computer rooms or data halls
  • Design requirements: traditional three-layer or spine-and-leaf architecture
  • Future proofing: transition path and future-technology support

From this article, high-fibre-count MTP trunks are the best solution for your backbone cabling. MTP trunks is useful for faster installation, lower pathway congestion and greater efficiency while delivering the bandwidth to meet the needs of 40GbE/100GbE/200GbE and beyond.

Purchase Fibre Adapter Panels

Because the laser light is dangerous, and the ends of every fibre optic cable (have a small core) must be encased in some kind of enclosure. So, the fibre enclosure not only protects humans from laser light but also protects the fibre from damage. Fibre wall plates and fibre patch panels are two main types of fibre optic enclosures.

As previously mentioned, fibre optic cables have a very small core that can be easily damaged if not protected properly. Also, to be consistent with the minimum size of a fibre optic loop and not violate the critical angle, we need to have a way to keep excess fibre optic patch cables, as well as terminated building fibre, neat and protected from damage. Fibre optic wall plates and patch panels allow the cable installer to protect the delicate fibre cable from damage, while still making it usable for the network administrator.

Overview of Fibre Enclosure

A common device that is used as a fibre optic cable enclosure is called a Lightguide Interconnection Unit(LIU), as showed in Figure 1. The LIU provides a location to terminate individual fibre optic strands into a patch panel, which will be discussed in the next article. A LIU is generally made of galvanized steel that is then powder-coated to provide durability. Most major LIU manufacturers make their devices 19 inches wide so they can be installed in a normal communications rack, If the LIU is to be located in an environment where there is a risk of moisture or corrosives, the LIU can be sealed with gaskets to make it virtually waterproof. Most LIUs have swing out trays in the front and the back to provide easy access to the patch panel to ensure that all loops are a minimum diameter, so the cable will not get damaged and maximum light can traverse the cable.


Figure 1. Lightguide Interconnection Unit(LIU)

What Is Fibre Adapter Panel (FAP) and How to Use It?

Patch panels for fibre optic cables also called fibre patch panels, which are usually installed into the LIU. Because the core and cladding of two fibre optic cables that are to be joined together must match perfectly, the fibre patch panel must be manufactured to exact specifications and some standard type connector must be used to ensure a good fit. (fibre option connectors are discussed in the next section.) Another fibre patch panel issue deals with attenuation. Remember from the previous article discussed that when you splice or join a fibre optic cable, you can introduce additional light loss or attenuation. The same holds true for the fibre optic patch panel. The connectors on the patch panel should identify the total loss at various wavelengths, and these losses should be added to any other cable loss on that particular cable to ensure compliance with the standard and good operation of the fibre optic cable. Figure 2 is an LC adapter panel.

lc fiber adapter panel

Figure 2. LC fibre adapter panel

Fibre Adapter Panel (FAP) is used for patching a fibre cable to the enclosures like fibre wall cabinets, rack mounts fibre cabinets or rack mount fibre shelf. It allows you to make quick and easy fibre patch panel connections as they can snap into the fibre optic enclosures easily. Fibre adapter panel is designed to fit fibre optic blank patch panel, rack and wall mount enclosure. To purchase this kind of fibre adapter panel, please visit

The Conventional Fibre Adapter Plates Need to Improve

Optical fibre has been used as a medium for telecommunication as well as networking because it’s flexible enough and could be bundled as cables. Optical fibre has been especially advantageous for long-distance communications because light propagates through the fibre with little attenuation compared to electrical signals carried by conventional wire cables. Over short distances, for instance networking within a building, optical fibre interconnect cables save space in cable ducts because a single fibre can carry more data than a single electrical cable.

Interconnect cables are generally used as intra-equipment jumpers or patch cords. For example, some typical applications include patching active electronics to nearby patch panels, cable cross-connection on distribution frames, and connecting work area outlets to terminal equipment. Fibre optic patch cords comprise a length of cable with a plug or connector on one, or both ends, and can also be referred to as connectorized fibre optic cables. A patch panel typically comprises a connecting hardware system (e.g., racks, adapter plates, arrays of adapters, etc.) that facilitates cable termination and cabling administration via the use and administration of standard-conforming adapters. (The following figure is a 12 port fibre patch panel)

12 port fiber patch panel

Various fibre optic cable connector and adapter designs can be used to meet the requirements of corresponding Fibre Optic Connector Intermateability Standard (FOCIS) documents. Note that the term adapter, when used in reference with optical fibre, has been defined by the optical fibre industry and standards organizations as a mechanical termination device designed to align and join two like optical connectors.

In some designs, fibre adapter plates provide the means to support and align the interconnection of connectorized fibre optic cables in structured voice or data cabling networks. Conventionally, fibre adapter plates use a metal or plastic plate or support panel having a number of cutouts to accept discrete fibre optic adapters which are typically linked to the adapter plate by screws or clips. Therefore, these adapter plates use a removable attaching mechanism (e.g., screws, clips, latches, etc.) to attach the adapter plate to an enclosure or patch panel.

However, such conventional adapter plates suffer from drawbacks due to the assembly of so many discrete parts. For example, alignment of the connecting optical fibres is crucial to minimize loss across the adapter. While internal fibre optical interface details (e.g., alignment, cable separation, etc.) are specified by rigid standards, the adapter to adapter plate connection is more springy. As a result, excessive tolerances can result in additional mechanical play between the adapter and the adapter plate which can, sometimes, to enable excessive stresses and bend radii of the connecting fibre optic cables.

As a further example, such conventional assemblies by their nature require costly assembly steps. As a cost saving measure, some of the assembly steps can be passed on to the end user. However, this can lead to increasing set up time, having costs of its own, and can result in end user frustration. Furthermore, conventional adapter plate panels are often unlabeled or stamped with labels that are hard for the end user to ascertain, specially when the adapter plate is fully outfitted with adapters and cabling.

It is thus desired to provide fibre adapter plates that improve upon these and other deficiencies of conventional fibre adapter plates.

Fibre adapter panels provided By FS, loaded with LC, SC, ST, FC, MT-RJ, MPO and unloaded blanks. With products compatible for trusted brands including Black Box, Wirewerks, Mr-technologies, Corning, Leviton, Panduit Opticom adapter panel and more.

Several Fiber Adapter Panels

Fiber Adapter Panel is used for patching fiber cable to the termination enclosure like fiber wall cabinets, rack mount fiber cabinets or rack mount fiber shelf. It enables you to make quick and easy fiber patch panel connections as they can snap into the enclosures easily.

Fiber adapter panels are with different connection types, such as FC, SC, LC, ST, MTRJ and MTP. What’s more, there are unloaded and blank fiber adapter panels. Fiber adapter panels can be divided into single-mode and multimode, and fiber ranges from 6 to 360 in each panel. According to working ways, fiber adapter panels are divided into simplex and duplex. FiberStore Fiber adapter panels have the features as following.

  • Loaded with FC, SC, LC, ST, MTRJ and unloaded blanks
  • Simplex and duplex (3-pack, 4-pack, 6-pack, 8-pack or 12-pack)
  • Metal, Plastic, or Ceramic sleeves
  • Ideal for 6-fibers, 8-fibers, 12-fibers, 24-fibers and 72-fibers applications
  • Compatiable with all ICC’s rack, wall mount fiber enclousures and fiber patch panels
  • LC and SC adapter housing colors follow the TIA/EIA-568-C.3 suggested color identification scheme.

6-pack Plastic LC Fiber Adapter Panel

  • Compatible with Leviton fiber adapter panels
  • LC style, fit for all Opt-X rack-mount and wall-mount enclosures and VertiGO® panels
  • Equipped with plastic dust caps to make connecting panels tool-free and efficient
  • Integrated couplers eliminate “rattle” and loose fit
  • Captive push-lock pins allow for quick tool-less installation
  • Exceeds optical performance standards and meets all other applicable standards

6-pack Ceramic SC Fiber Adapter Panel

Duplex SC ceramic ferrule adapter panels double the capacity of simplex SC adapter panels and fit all fiber optic blank patch panels, rack and wall mount enclosures.

  • Viable solution for high speed data transmission and broadband internet
  • Provides a safe and secure means for connecting the fiber optic cables between external distribution and the active components
  • Provides an easy-to-use method of connecting and routing fiber optic circuits with neat and clean appearance
  • Plush pins provide a secure and snug fit
  • Designed to fit ICFORPP1RM and ICFORPP2RM blank fiber optic patch panels, ICFOR fiber optic rack mount enclosures, and ICFOD fiber optic wall mount enclosures
  • Compatible with both multimode and singlemode SC fiber assemblies.

Blank fiber adapter panels reserve fiber adapter panel space for future use.

6-pack Metal Blank Fiber Adapter Panel

  • Compatible with Leviton Lightspace molded fiber adapter panels
  • Industry standard style (LGX® footprint) adapter plates fit in all Light
  • Space wall-mount, rack-mount, rack-mount enclosures, and NIDs
  • Captive push/pull fasteners allow for quick, tool-free installation and removal
  • Available in SC, ST, LC, and MTP

Fiberstore fiber adapter panels meet the specification of Leviton and Corning. Every adapter panel is equipped with plastic dust caps to make connecting panels tool-free and efficient.

LC/SC/ST/Blank Style Fibre Adapter Panels

FS offers a full line of fibre adapter panels (also known as fibre adapter plates). Choose from our wide variety of single mode fibre and multimode fibre plate options: ST-SC, FC, LC, MT-RJ, ST and SC.

There are adapter panels for each major fibre connector: ST, SC, MTRJ, FC, LC, and MTP, from 6 to 72-fibre solutions in each panel available. Make sure you can handle any upgrade or new installation with a fibreoptic adapter plate, as different connector types can mean trouble for your network if you’re not prepared. After you look at the picture below, you can easily figure out the differences between LC/SC/ST/Blank style fibre adapter panels.

LC Fibre Adapter Panels, SC Fibre Adapter Panels and ST Fibre Adapter Panels are designed to easily mount into all Connected Fibres enclosures and provide a custom interconnect solution. These high quality adapter panels utilise robust materials and adapters with high quality split sleeves. You can be confident in their performance to connect your system. Connected Fibres also provides the service to load your enclosure with adapter panels, pigtails and splice trays.

To fill in the empty gaps in your cabinet or wall mount enclosure, it comes to the Blank Fibre Adapter Panel, which reserves fibre adapter panel space for future use. These affordable “fillers” prevent the entry of foreign material (dust, dirt, etc.) and also give your panel a professional, finished appearance. That’s important, especially during equipment demonstrations for factory acceptance tests and more. Blank fibre adapter panel features available in 6~24 holes (according to the type of adapters), can for simplex and duplex connectivity and ideal for simple moves, add and changes. Blank plate adapter used with rack mount, both fixed and sliding fibre optic patch panel and wall mount distribution box, suitable for high-density fibre optic network application.

Our fibre adapter plates and fibre termination plates include: LC/SC/ST Single Mode Adapter Panels, Multimode Adapter Panels, MTP Fibre Adapter Panels, MTRJ Fibre Adapter Panels.

More, custom adapter panel configurations are also available at FS. Adapter panels can be configured to accommodate almost any combination of fibre optic adapters including ST, SC, MTRJ, FC, LC and/or MTP. Please contact us to learn more about the options available to suit your infrastructure.

FS.COM Provides A Full Line Of Fibre Adapter Panels

Different connector types can mean trouble for your network if you’re not prepared, and a fibre optic adapter panel(also called fibre optic adapter plate) can easily solve it. Fibr Adapteer Panels (FAP) are used for patching fibre cable to the termination enclosure like fibre wall cabinets, rack mount fibre cabinets or rack mount fibre shelf. It enables you to make quick and easy fibre patch panel connections as they can snap into the enclosures easily.

Fiber Adapter Panel

Benefits From Fibre Adapter Panels:
  • Adapter panels snap easily into all standard fibre enclosures, cabinets, and patch panels;
  • Panels with bronze sleeves are more economical and well-suited for multimode applications;
  • Panels with ceramic sleeves fit well into single mode applications;
  • High density applications can be reached through Dual and Quad LC applications.

Make sure you can handle any upgrade or new installation with a fibre optic adapter panel. Fibre adapter panels are designed to accommodate many different connections, FS fibre adapter plates accommodate a vast assortment of connectors, such as LC, SC, ST, MTP, MTRJ, unloaded, blank and so on. Whether you want to integrate 6 LC Duplex couplers, 6 MTP couplers, 12 ST Simplex couplers and many more, we have the fibre adapter plates that get the job done right. A blank metal adapter panel is also available. The adapter panels are easily snapped into the enclosures with snap lock mounting fixtures. Blank panels are available for use as dust covers.

FS.COM fibre adapter panels/plates also can come with various fibre adapters, such as LC/SC/ST/FC/MT-RJ, E-2000 fibre optic adapters, compatible with simplex or duplex and meet TIA/EIA-568-B.3 requirements. Our adapter plates include phosphor bronze or zirconia ceramic split sleeves to fit specific network requirements. LC and SC adapter housing colors follow the TIA/EIA-568-C.3 suggested color identification scheme. Multimedia modular panels allow customisation of installation for applications requiring integration of fibre optic and copper cables. Blank fibre  adapter panels reserve fibre adapter panel space for future use.

Fibre Adapter Panels Features:
  • Loaded with LC, SC, ST, MPO and unloaded blanks;
  • Simplex and duplex (6-pack or 8-pack);
  • Choose between Low and High-density panels, bronze or ceramic sleeves;
  • Ideal for 6-fibres, 8-fibres, 12-fibres or 24-fibres, 48-fibre and 72-fibres applications;
  • Plates are available for mounting Bezel style jacks creating a mixed media environment;
  • Compatiable with all ICC’s rack, wall mount fibre enclousures and fibre patch panels.

You can choose the right fibre optic adapter panel from the following factors, including fibre adapter series, number of fibre, connection type, fibre type and number of pack. Have a wide selection of fibre adapter panels at FS, also you can buy other cables management, inclding fibre optic splice closure, fibre distribution box, Optical Distribution Frame, fibre termination box, fibre optic faceplates, network faceplates, cable Ties, wire Loom, cable wire markers, Managed Cable Hook & minder, kelon article backplane and so on.

Effective Cable Management Is Almost Like An Art Form

As the modern workplace and family become more complicated and the use of more technology, so a lot of cables, infiltrate into our daily life is in proportion. In order to prevent becoming lost in the tangle, effective cable management is essential. Fortunately, there is a wide range of products and cable accessories in the market, this task is a little easier than ever.

Cable management kits

There are so many different accessories on the market, it can be difficult to know what to buy. For this reason, the cable management suite is a great choice, because they have a convened a series of items need to clean up and organize effective cable.

These kits come in many different shapes and forms, but all contain a variety of tools for effective cable management. Many contain a combination of cable wraps, ties, and clamps. Others might contain cable trunking and accessories for fireproofing your cables and increasing airflow around them.

FS.COM products’ kits are perfect for added safety and fire prevention and provide a fireproof seal for cables. The FS.COM cable joint kit meanwhile provides an all in one cable jointing solution utilizing PVC and Polyurethane resin.

Importance of Cable Management

Cable management is particularly important in offices and other workplaces which make extensive use of computers and other electric equipment. Without a carefully thought out cabling strategy, server rooms and data centres could end up looking like spaghetti junction, with a tangled maze of cabling scattered haphazardly across floors and walls.

A disorganized cable management strategy is not only a logistical and aesthetic nightmare, it is also a health and safety risk.

Firstly, individuals working in close proximity to the cables might trip over them, endangering both the employee and the equipment.

Secondly, and most importantly, poorly coordinated cables present a significant fire risk. Many fires start as a result of electrical failure, and in the event of a fire, cables that are not protected may as a result of electrical failure, and in the event of a fire, cables that are not protected may perish in the fire, exposing live wires and presenting a further electrical hazard to evacuating personnel.

To protect against such dangers, all kinds of cable management kits and other products with flame retardant qualities are available. The Kopex Flexible Conduit provides a flame retardant cabling solution, featuring a galvanized steel core and a PVC cover, and is both flexible and versatile.

Trunking pillows, such as the Newlec Fire Protection Pillow, can also be used to reduce the risk of fire. These are made of fire-resistant compounds and are utilized to plug holes bored in walls and ceilings for the purpose of electrical cabling. This is vital, because in the event of a fire flames may quickly spread from room to room via any unsealed holes.

Effective And Efficient Cable Management

Effectively management cable is almost like an art form, if do well can save time and money in the long run, and protect your equipment and your workers’ unnecessary risk.

FS.COM Online offers a range of products from cable management (such as Cable Hook, Wire Marker, and cable ties) to lighting peripherals such as emergency lighting, bulkhead light and thorn lighting peripherals, and a range of other cable and electrical products such as cable trunking and cable management items from top manufacturers.

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