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

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Patch Cords and Adapters

If you provide no other supplies in the Data Center, at least stock patch cords—pre-terminated fiber and copper cabling bearing connectors at either end. The patch cords should match whatever structured cabling exists in the server environment. That is typically 62.5/125 μm or 50/125 μm multimode fiber and Category 6 or 5E to each server cabinet location as well as a handful of singlemode fiber that leaves the Data Center from the main networking row.

While fiber patch cords are generally defined by their diameter (62.5, 50, or 8.3 micron) and type of connectors, copper patch cords are defined by their rating (Category 6 or 5E) and the orientation of the wiring pins within their RJ-45 connectors. A Data Center's copper ...

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