How Belden Helps Achieve Better Connectivity and Lower Latency


Belden Addresses Today's Connectivity Challenges

Belden’s data center solutions stayed and cemented their status as vital for business and everyday life, even though many things were put on hold during the pandemic.

Belden’s data centers made it possible for businesses of all sizes to develop remote operations fast. They assisted K-12 institutions and colleges when these organizations abruptly moved to online education. They provided food businesses with novel methods for interacting with customers and taking orders. Even remote doctor-patient connections were supported. Individuals also gained a lot of entertainment options while they stayed at home.

While other commercial real estate sectors suffered during the pandemic, data centers continued to thrive. In fact, Gartner forecasts a 6% rise in worldwide data center infrastructure investment this year.

Data centers must be able to swiftly add capacity to support remote IT, e-commerce, increasing video streaming, gaming, and applications like telemedicine, distant learning, and online collaboration. Data centers have established their value as essential infrastructure, and low-latency connectivity is vital to making this happen. A positive user experience depends on low latency or quick reaction times. 

Data centers have been evolving toward full-mesh, leaf-spine fabric design due to the need for data travelling through a data center to be communicated and processed more quickly. In virtualized server setups, where resources for a given application are located across numerous servers, this design minimizes latency. It also supports data-intensive and time-sensitive applications.

Achieving Low Latency with Belden's Cabling Solutions

To achieve low latency, connectivity is important. In a data center, fiber cabling permits the use of conventional cross-connects in distribution areas for flexible, standards-based connections between equipment, including connections from servers to storage devices and from spine switches to leaf switches and servers to servers.

Cross-connects, which derive their names from the cables and cords that directly connect two termination units, are the center of attention in this style of data center design. They can enhance traffic management, boost performance, lower latency, facilitate server growth in virtualized server settings, and enable server clustering. These are meant to achieve a more convenient sharing of computing and storage resources. 

At the cross-connect, new services are made rapidly available online. Permanent fixed links can connect spine switches in the main distribution area to the cross-connect, and unused spine switch ports at the cross-connect can be utilized to connect new leaf switches.

This is ideal for a colocation setting, where client equipment must instantly connect to service provider equipment outside the meet-me room without having to access equipment. It adds an extra layer of protection and assurance without interfering with operations. Customers can benefit from neighboring services, partners, carriers, and ecosystems by using a cross-connect. 

Cross-connect advantages are also present in equipment distribution areas found in the enterprise customer colocation facilities or on-site data centers. It is simple for new servers to connect to the End of Row (EoR) leaf switch at the cross-connect when new servers need to be added to a row. These cross-connects may be located anywhere in the data center because of the fiber-supported lengths.

As we work to achieve low-latency connectivity to support the demands that lie ahead, including remote IT, e-commerce, increased video streaming and gaming, and applications like telemedicine, distance learning, and online collaboration, Belden’s solutions have the potential to help data centers cost-effectively expand. 

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