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Why Everyone Is Talking About Data Centres

Feb 27, 2008
The wide range of equipment required to stock your data centre can be extremely daunting. There are so many different products that are available that the uninitiated can very quickly feel overwhelmed by the wealth of options. The range of products that are available for your data centre is also made confusing by the lack of cohesion in the description of the product that you need. The area is littered with a wealth of jargon and confusing terms for items. Often the title that one company will give to an item can differ from the name another company give a similar product. Being aware of what the products are and what they do is extremely important if you are trying to organise your data centre. This article aims to be your jargon buster so that, even if you are as clueless as me, you will be able make sense of everything that is involved in your data centre.

Network cables

Network cables are exactly that cables that help you connect your networks. A cable is a combination of wires or optical fibres that are used to transfer data or electricity. In most cases, in fact in all cases in the networking area, cables are insulated with a plastic cover. So the plastic section of the cable is not the section of the cable that transfers the information it is simply a protective cover designed to protect people that touch it from getting hurt and equally to protect the wires and data transmission from being interrupted from external sources. Network cables are typically responsible for transmitting information from one computer to another. Network cables do this as part of a network so there are multiple devices that are attached together to form a network.

Structured cabling

Structured cabling is a structured way of managing your cabling needs. That is to say cabling is organised into a system that can make your cabling more efficient and improve the levels of data transfer efficiency. There are a number of smaller systems that cover the definition of structured cabling. Entrance facilities are those that are placed in a building that interfaces with the outside world. Equipment rooms serve the users inside the buildings by hosting equipment. Telecommunication and data equipment is often housed in a telecommunication room these can be seen as the backbone of a structured cabling system and can be utilised to connect the horizontal cabling sub systems. The signals between entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunications rooms are covered by backbone cabling. On the other hand horizontal cabling deals with networking the telecommunications centre with individual outlets on the individual floor. User end equipment is connected to outlets of horizontal cabling equipment through work area components.

The design and installation of structured cabling is governed by a set of standards that inform people on how wiring a data centre should be done. These guidelines ensure that the work is done, effectively and safely to ensure that it does not become a hazard to the user. The installation guidelines determine how these installations should be installed in offices and apartment buildings. It tells the person installing the cabling system how to do so in a star formation so that all outlets terminate as a central patch panel. From here it is easier to work out how the connections will be used and as a result the structured networking is beneficial.
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Shaun Parker has been involved in the networking equipment and data centres industry for several years.
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