The Seabiscuit of network communications and Fiber Optic Cable Installation
Many of you may know about the depression era, thoroughbred horse, Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit, after an inauspicious start went on to win the Triple Crown in 1937, which includes winning the Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Preakness Stakes. Who would know that Seabiscuit had something in common with today’s Fiber Optic Cable Installation needs.
Seabiscuit was a small horse who went on to defeat some of the giant horses of the day including War Admiral. Although small, Seabiscuit was known to turn on the speed and outrun the competition.
You may or may not be aware of this, but your IT network has its own Seabiscuit. A small network part that powers your company’s network and allows network transfer rates of 10 Gigabits per second. That’s 10 billion bits per second. The part? An SFP transceiver, an under-rated hugely important, high speed network component, that is key to proper Fiber Optic Cable Installation.
The Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceiver is a compact hot pluggable module fiber transceiver. Without too much technical jargon, a fiber transceiver converts electrical signals into light pulses. These light pulses form light waves that are modulated to carry data across fiber optic cables. Fiber optic cables are high bandwidth, long distance, incredibly fast super highways used to transmit data in the form of light waves. Making sure you have the correct SFP Fiber transceivers are key to any good Fiber Optic Cable Installation plan.
You may see all the big pieces of network equipment in your data center, the War Admirals of networks like Cisco Network Equipment and Juniper switches, racks of Dell and HP servers. But the little SFP, the Seabiscuit of your systems, is the key to winning the performance race. An SFP transceiver is only about ½ inch tall, and 2 ½ inches long. And it has the capability of transferring all the works of Beethoven and Mozart every second in digital format.
Most of today’s enterprise network switches, servers and storage area networks have SFP ports built into their chassis. They also have Fiber Optic Cable Installation components. This allows you to plug an SFP transceiver into the SFP port of the device and have high speed fiber optical connections between servers, storage networks and other switches. As data needs grow exponentially fiber optics is key to providing a superfast backbone for network and cloud communications. And the proper SFP transceiver makes the difference. As does Fiber Optic Cable properly spliced and installed.
What would have Seabiscuit been without his horse whisperer Tom Smith? Tom Smith saw something special in Seabiscuit. Tom talked to Seabiscuit and trained him in a special way that helped him win races. Well it can be said that an SFP’s whisperer is its DDM (digital diagnostics monitoring) functions. The DDM interface can be used to talk to the transceiver and make sure its performing at its optimum. You can set speeds, thresholds, and output parameters of the SFP through the DDM interface.
It is very important that your network design include and take in to account the different types of fiber optic cable and SFP transceivers. It is also important that you have your Fiber Optic Cable installation done correctly. There is single mode and multi-mode fiber, that require different connectors. There are approximately 15 different types of SFP transceivers with different interfaces, that are made for different wavelengths, different distances, and bandwidths.
Having the right IT network pieces in place will make sure your IT systems perform and win you some races.
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