Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of power protection and connectivity solutions, has introduced a cutting-edge product for automating physical cross connections in data centers. The Robotic Fiber Panel System, or RFPS, employs robotic latching and remote management to optimally set fiber connections between network equipment.
Data centers and colocation facilities are scaling up to provide better data access, or “Bandwidth-on-Demand”(BWoD), to customers. At the infrastructure level, this means a denser layout with more layer 1 physical connections between equipment. Relying solely on hands-on management of these connections is an increasingly inefficient practice, but RFPS automation provides a solution.
“This technology gives colocation operators unprecedented abilities,” said David Posner, Tripp Lite’s Director of Product Marketing, Connectivity. “They can control connections on a reliable schedule. They won ’t have to guess which cables are being utilized and which ones are idle.”
The RFPS can typically re-configure a connection in 50 seconds, as opposed to the hours or days it often takes for on-site network engineering to arrive. “And the RFPS is more secure,” Posner continued. “The more hands-on switching that occurs, the more your infrastructure is at risk of error or physical damage. The RFPS is a fast and precise alternative.”
Any organization that provides large-scale data services can take advantage of the flexibility the RFPS incorporates into their infrastructure. It can be configured to accommodate almost 500,000 ports, singlemode and multimode fiber, all optical signals and all network protocols. This allows operators to adapt to new technologies without equipment overhauls.
The flexibility translates into cost savings as well. A more efficient infrastructure has less under-utilized equipment, which means less equipment to purchase, power and maintain.
Key Benefits of the Robotic Fiber Panel System:
• Efficient provisioning of physical connections;
• Secure remote management and audit capabilities;
• Faster, more effective disaster recovery;
• Lower CAPEX and OPEX;
• Passive, purely optical connections that are unaffected by power outages;
• Scalability for the future.
About Tripp Lite
Outstanding product reliability and exceptional service have been Tripp Lite trademarks for over 95 years. Tripp Lite's innovations include the world’s first UPS system designed specifically for personal computers and the world’s most trusted premium surge protector the Isobar® with more than 19 million in use. Tripp Lite maintains the highest level of ready-to-ship inventory in the industry with more than 4,000 different products, including UPS systems, rack systems and cooling solutions, PDUs, PowerAlert® software for enterprise-level system management and control, surge protectors, KVM switches, cables and connectivity products, inverters, power strips and notebook accessories. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Tripp Lite (tripplite.com) maintains a global presence with fully staffed offices worldwide. Additional information, including a list of Tripp Lite’s sales offices and authorized reseller partners, can be found by visiting Tripp Lite’s website.