Episode 10 of the Cisco Optics Podcast is now posted! See below for episode notes.

Cisco Optics Podcast Episode 10

Cisco Optics Podcast Episode 10. Demystifying fiber cable infrastructure, with Brian Kelly. Part 2 of 6.

If you search on “data center” you’ll find many images that show rows and rows of equipment racks. The network gear in these racks need to be physically connected to each other, and that’s where pluggable optic transceivers come in. But you also need to connect the transceivers together with fiber optic cables. That cabling infrastructure can get pretty complicated, especially in larger deployments. In Episode 10, we continue a conversation with Brian Kelly, a fiber cabling infrastructure expert at Panduit. In this second part of our six-part conversation we hear about various types of cabling in data centers.

– Pat Chou, Cisco Optics Product Manager

Brian L. Kelly joined Panduit in 2012. In 2014 he joined Corporate R&D as a Solution Architect. Prior to joining Panduit, he worked for 14 years in the Telecommunications and Data Center Colocation industries. Currently, Brian manages Panduit’s Network Architecture team, which develops Reference Architecture content for the Data Center and Enterprise businesses. In addition, he manages the Panduit Labs Network, which provides secure connectivity and resources to their labs in Tinley Park, IL.

Brian has written well over twenty technical papers that have been published on the Panduit website, as well as partner websites. Brian owns a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Related links

Panduit cabling guides for Cisco optics
Cisco Optics-to-Device Compatibility Matrix
Cisco Optics-to-Optics Interoperability Matrix
Cisco Optics Product Information

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2:13      Copper
4:37      SMF and MMF
5:39      AOC and DAC
9:17      Pros and cons of AOCs. And DACs
14:56    Twinax copper rigidity and weight

Music credits

Sunny Morning by FSM Team
Upbeat by Mixaund

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Pat Chou

Product Manager

Service Provider - Transceiver Modules Group