Amsterdam, April 4, 2011 – Draka Communications, a global leader in the cabling and optical fibre industry today announces that its entire current range of UC-branded fiber cabling solutions with OM3 and OM4 multimode technology will be upgraded from this month to bend-insensitive fiber technology, giving greater value to customers for the same price. For cable shipments beginning April onwards, MaxCap-BB-OM3/4 technology will be included as a standard feature of the cabling solution, as well as bend-friendly replacements for OM2 assembly and distribution cables.
“Thanks to Draka’s strong fiber technology production base, today we are taking a leadership position to raise the standard of all LAN and data center cabling. Bend-insensitive technology represents a huge boost in functionality and solution quality for IT managers”, says Carsten Fehr, EMEA Marketing Manager, Draka Communications. “Our decision creates tangible value for end users as well as installers looking to future-proof cabling infrastructures.”
“This is effectively a free bend-insensitive upgrade for our customers. It will eventually result in end-users enjoying high reliability data centers, lower downtime and maintenance and savings in racks and housings thanks to higher cabling density”.
Bend-insensitive fiber technology provides recognised, measurable benefits in LAN and data center cabling, such as increased spare system margin that improves 10G and higher network reliability. It also stimulates the possibility of new, reduced-size cable designs that are lighter in weight improve cooling efficiency, and offer reduced environmental footprints – supporting the evolution to greener data centers.
Fiber deployment is growing exponentially in data infrastructures. With storage, server and edge devices moving in the direction of 10Gb/s speeds and beyond, a core network now needs to support much higher data traffic speeds. This has lead to the development of 40GbE and 100GbE standards, designed to address short reach transmission, through parallel transmission over multimode optical fibre cabling, with significant cost advantages over LAN WDM when compared with the use of single-mode optical fiber.
In parallel to the continued evolution of OM4 multimode fiber standards, bend-insensitive fibres have been developed to enable more compact cable cabinets – reducing ownership costs. In addition, smaller diameter, flexible cables increase cabling density, alleviating the pressure that massive optical cabling puts on installation practices by eliminating bending as a critical factor for data signal loss.
About Bend-insensitive fiber
Draka introduced the first versions of BendBright in 2002 and has since expanded the product family to five versions of bend-insensitive fiber, spanning both single-mode and multimode types. Today, Draka sees an explosion in demand, with single-mode bend-insensitive cables alone exceeding the 3 million kilometres production mark. The latest developments in BendBright technology leverage the versatility of Draka’s PCVD manufacturing deposition process, using a simple, robust all-solid Single-Trench-Assisted Fiber profile.
In 2009, Draka introduced MaxCap-BendBright-OM3/4, the multimode version of bend-insensitive fiber featuring high-end bending performance with full backward compatibility to standard multimode fibers.
Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has 9400 employees in countries worldwide and 2010 revenues of over € 2.4 billion. Draka has a presence in 31 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Draka’s activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Speciality and Communications. Draka Communications with its four business units, Telecom Solutions, Multimedia Specials, Optical Fiber and Cable Solutions is a global market leader in the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. More information at www.draka.com/bimm
Photo: As from April Draka customers get free bend-insensitive fiber benefits for LAN and data center cable solutions : All Draka UC-branded cables containing OM3 and OM4 fiber will be shipped from this month with bend-insensitive MaxCap BB-OM3/4 fiber technology as standard, at no additional cost to customers.
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