Global Laboratory/Diagnostics Manufacturer Data Center Structured Cabling

Global Data Center 1Connectivity Point recently completed the design and installation of a structured cabling solution within a new 8,000 s.f. data center of a global laboratory and diagnostics manufacturer. The data center MEP was designed by Boston-based Integrated Design Group, Inc., and was part of the customer’s multi-million dollar expansion of their corporate offices.

Connectivity Point was hired to design the Category 6 copper and optical fiber structured cabling infrastructure between cabinets within the data center and connections to the telephone switch room, the network switch room and existing data center.

Once the design was complete, the construction manager issued an RFP to several vendors.
The ‘design/bid/build’ format is a familiar one for Connectivity Point. Connectivity Point’s installation team participated in the bid and was subsequently awarded the project. Time frames necessitated Global Data Center Image 2
an immediate start with a hard completion date fast approaching.

Corning ‘Plug and Play’ OM3 optical fiber and Superior Essex DataGain enhanced Category 6 UTP cabling was chosen. After review of several vendor options, equipment cabinets manufactured by Chatsworth Products, Inc., were selected. Specifically, Chatsworth’s “Zero U” capability was specified for the bulk optical fiber connections to the brocade switches.

All cabling was installed in overhead cable tray. A separate tray system was installed for the copper and optical fiber cabling; space under the raised floor was left for power and HVAC services to facilitate cooling efficiency. A typical cabinet received 24 strands of OM3 optical fiber and 24 Category 6 cables. Corning OM3 optical fiber assemblies in 24 strand increments were deployed to each cabinet requiring fiber optic connections. By utilizing the ‘plug and play’ system, it has already proven beneficial by enabling the cables to be moved and relocated as the needs arise.

Corning OM3 brocade cabling harnesses were utilized to provide clean patching at the brocade switch which would easily allow for service and replacement of the switch blades as needed. The brocade ports were all patched to an optical fiber patch panel in the fiber distribution cabinet so as-needed connections can be made without accessing the brocade switch cabinet.

Cable management was integrated into the network cabinets by Chatsworth to help organize all the patch cables from two Cisco 6509 core switches to the patch panels connecting to each cabinet. Connectivity Point technicians installed both copper and fiber patch cords so IT staff could focus on the complicated task of moving and re-installing equipment.

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