In This Issue: Cisco Original 1000BASE-LX/LH SFP Module | Understanding MPO/MTP Cabling Systems in Data Centers | News to Start Your Day
Happy National Eat Your Veggies Day! Everyone’s favorite day, right? We’re supposed to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day, and some of us can’t even begin to fathom consuming that many vegetables in a full year. Grab your favorite vegetable and enjoy!!
The CK Daily – Get out of the rut
Being in a routine has been my friend for as long as I can remember. If I didn’t have my daily routines I would chase squirrels so many times during the day it would be ridiculous. Plus, I would never get anything done. My ADHD can get wild sometimes. My routine has served me well with getting everything done around the new house, at work, and with my family, but sometimes you just need to shake things up to gain a different view or perspective on things.
I have noticed lately that my routine has gotten me in a rut and with that has come some negative effects primarily in my thinking, especially about my health, working out, eating, and just the way I have felt overall. I thought a lot about this all weekend and week and decided I needed to get out of my “rut”. I have just felt “blah” lately and I don’t like it. I feel like I have gotten complacent and just been on autopilot with a lot of things. If you have ever been in a rut, you know what I am talking about.
I am working on a list of things that I want to change along with getting my mind right and getting positive about stuff is the first step. I got a view of where I want to be and started working towards that. Motivation is key. I decided to start working on my mindset, positivity and getting active again. I hurt my arm a while back so working out and exercising has been a bit of a challenge, so I am starting with baby steps again. I have also switched up my working environment and have been listening to music while I work instead of having the news or sports on in the background. Been trying to surround myself with stuff that makes me feel good and that I enjoy. So far, so good.
What kind of things do you do to get out of a rut or shake things up when your routine has made you feel “blah” overall?
Product Spotlights & Updates:
Happy Friday-eve! We hope you’ve been enjoying all the great deals we’ve been highlighting this week. Good news though, we’re not done yet! Today we’re spotlighting the Cisco Original 1000BASE-LX/LH SFP Module, GLC-LH-SMD.
Cisco’s industry-standard SFP is a hot-swappable input/output device that plugs into a Gigabit Ethernet port/slot, linking the port with the fiber-optic network. SFPs can be used and interchanged on a wide variety of Cisco products and can be intermixed in combinations of IEEE 802.3z- compliant 1000BaseSX, 1000BaseLX/LH, or 1000BaseZX interfaces on a port-by-port basis.
The Cisco GLC-LH-SMD fully complies with the IEEE 802.3z 1000BaseLX standard. The GLC-LH-SMD also operates with digital optical monitoring. However, their higher optical quality allows them to reach 10 km over single-mode fiber (SMF) versus the 5 km specified in the standard.
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Understanding MPO/MTP Cabling Systems in Data Centers – CK Learning Center
When it comes to maintaining a data center, the job is never-ending. As soon as the last upgrade finished, new technology arrived to force a new round of improvements. Some networks are still installing 10G fiber optics, even while 40/100G is essentially the new standard. It’s just part of the game. If you want to give yourself a fighting chance to keep up with these paces, you need fiber optics that are scalable and efficient. Those two words form the entire design philosophy behind MPO/MTP systems. If you haven’t already explored this option, it’s time to start learning.
What is MPO and MTP?
The short answer is that these are high-volume data cables. MPO is a multi-fiber push-on. MTP is short for multi-fiber termination push-on. Both cables utilize the same connector type and serve a lot of the same functions. We’ll get into the main differences in a minute. For now, let’s look at the basics of why these systems are so popular in data centers.
MPO/MTP are pre-terminated and support speeds from 10G up to 100G. Both cable types use connectors that are the same size as SC, and these cables support 12 or 24 fibers per cable. The sheer information density within these cables is massive, and considering how much space the compact design saves, it’s easy to see why they’re so common in data centers.
A few design elements really shape the functionality of MPO/MTP cables. They perform parallel optical communication. This allows simultaneous transmission and reception (like a simple duplex cable). The difference is that these cables handle a lot more than a single fiber pair at a time. With so many strands pre-arranged in the cables, the volume and capacity of these systems is achieved with far less effort on-site.
MPO vs MTP
For the most part, the design and advantages are identical between the two systems. We’ll be discussing those advantages at length. Before we do, let’s talk about the defining difference. In many cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. While shopping around, you’ll find this is commonplace, but there is a minor distinction that we can make now.
MPO is a generic fiber connector type. Any manufacturer can conceivably make MPO cables and equipment. MTP is trademarked by US Conec. So, technically speaking, any MTP cable is from a single manufacturer. This is akin to calling a tissue a Kleenex or a guide dog a Seeing Eye Dog (that’s a bonus fact for you). It doesn’t really matter which term you use as long as you understand why both exist.
Bridging the Gap
While MPO and MTP cables are common in data centers, MTP cables perform a special service. In particular, MTP-LC breakout cables are the key piece to bridging gaps between older 10G equipment and newer 40/100G systems. The breakout cables have an MTP connector on one end while the other “breaks out” into groups of LC connectors (6 or 12 in total). This allows 10G equipment to piggyback off of 40/100G systems with minimal investment. A single breakout cable is sufficient to combine the systems. This takes cost, strain, and stress out of upgrading or transitioning 10G systems to keep pace with modern data demands.
Want to read more of this article, head on over to the CK Learning Center to do so!
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- Facebook announced that it will begin testing advertisements that will appear within the company’s Oculus virtual reality headsets. The Oculus headset ads will first appear in the shooter game Blaston from Resolution Games.
- Google provided a peek inside its first retail store a day before it opens in New York. Customers can come to try and buy all of Google’s products and services. The store will also offer support for devices and software.
- Reports of new Covid-19 cases have decreased in every region of the world except Africa.
- The Department of Education announced Wednesday it has approved the cancellation of about $500 million worth of federal student loans held by 18,000 borrowers who attended ITT Technical Institute. The borrowers will have 100% of their loans canceled.
- Amazon is calling on social media companies to help it curb the spread of fraudulent product reviews. Amazon said bad actors are turning to outside platforms to solicit fake reviews, which has made it more challenging for the company to stamp out the activity on its site.