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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Cabling Costs

Because fiber optic cable provides greater performance than copper, you are probably assuming that it is significantly more expensive, too. In truth, the price tags of the two media depend greatly upon the distances involved and levels of performance that are needed.

Copper is generally the less-expensive solution over shorter distances, say the length of your Data Center's server rows, while fiber is less expensive for longer distances such as connections among buildings on a campus. That's because the copper cabling material itself is more expensive than fiber, but the electronic components used in the physical network—namely the network interface cards in each server—are more expensive for fiber than copper. Installations with ...

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