Eliminating Fiber Network Complexity

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Do you ever think back and wonder how your parents did it all? They juggled work, family, and life, all while constantly knowing how to turn complex situations into simple ones in a matter of seconds.

Now, take that same concept and apply it to your fiber data communications network.

Some of the inherent day-to-day fiber network complexities can resemble childhood situations where parents had to work through:

  • Competing priorities
  • Finding the root causes of key issues
  • Simplifying what had seemed remarkably complex
Let’s learn how to turn that complexity on its head and eliminate fiber network complexity.

Inherent Complexity When Selecting Fiber Network Solutions

Where does complexity in implementing fiber network solutions originate?

Scenario One

In a fiber network, there are multiple network solutions, and those solutions can be created through various combinations of network components, including:

  • Fiber panels
  • Cassettes
  • Splice cassettes
  • Adapters
  • Modules

These options would all need to be individually selected and, to some extent, configured based on any number of variables. Building from scratch is much easier because the network is designed from the ground up. That said, there will still be future moves, adds, and changes.

Scenario Two

When working with an older installed fiber network, which happens often, you likely were not part of the initial network design team.

This means you walk into the situation without pre-existing knowledge of previously deployed network components. Having little prior knowledge adds a layer of complexity when selecting the best and most appropriate fiber network solution to address network management issues.

Both of these scenarios beg the question: there has to be a better, simpler way, right? Right.

Satisfy Your Data Center or Campus Network Needs

When looking at fiber panel options, there seems to be an infinite number of ways to create a fiber network to satisfy a customer’s campus or data center needs. For example, you could use a combination of fiber panels, dedicated splice panels (or splice wallets), different modules, adapters, and splice cassettes to create the solution that best fits your customer.

If you are designing a new network, you can easily consider your options and choose what works best for the customer today while planning for future scaling of the network. You buy it, install it, and it is there when the customer needs it.

But what about when you are onsite at a customer’s location where a quick add, change, or replacement is needed, but you did not design the network? Do you go out to your van, grab whatever you find, and piece it together?

Whether it is finding a panel with the correct density, the most appropriate splicing option to work with the current panels, or the right cassettes, it can be challenging with only the inventory you have on hand.

Here’s where you can adopt the mindset of rendering the complex simple.

Simplicity must be the starting place, and modularity is key to meeting an almost infinite range of options. That means having the ability to deliver:

  • Faster solutions
  • Better productivity
  • More satisfied customers
  • Enhanced profitability

Modifying an Existing Network

When thinking about network modification, you should be looking at manufacturers and associated distribution partners who can offer modular components comprising an extensive portfolio of fiber panels, cassettes, splice cassettes, modules, and adapters.

This broader portfolio gives you the freedom to expertly render the complex and make it simple – saving time and money.

Moreover, modular network solutions should support in-panel splicing where you don’t need a dedicated splice panel and offer multiple options for density, polarity, and fiber count. This makes it easier when modifying an existing fiber network.

Imagine the modification ease you would enjoy if the network was based on these modular components – and you were able to anticipate and stock where, when, and what you needed in the future.

In real life, when working with moves, adds, and changes, the same rules apply. Have a modular set of panels, cassettes, splice cassettes, modules, and adapters that enable you to quickly and dependably complete the job.

Moving Forward 

We all know how complex a fiber network can be. Multiple components and different configurations require attention. Addressing fiber network moves, adds, and changes take time and effort.

Modular fiber network components change all that by eliminating fiber network complexity.

As you go forward and determine the sources from which you will fulfill your customer’s fiber network component needs, be sure to focus on manufacturers and distribution partners with two criteria:

  1. A long, rich history of providing cutting-edge network solutions
  2. The knowledge and expertise to provide a fiber network modular solution set

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CommScope’s G2 modular portfolio provides simple, flexible, and adaptable data center and campus solutions with a wide-range of application options, including:

  • Panels
  • Cassettes
  • Splice cassettes
  • Modules
  • Adapters

The opinions expressed in this piece are solely CommScope’s. They do not necessarily represent WESCO’s views.