Best Practices in Media Conversion for Data Center
Key trends such as virtualization, big data, cloud access and mobility are increasing bandwidth demands exponentially on data center networks. With these new demands also comes new Ethernet variations, from 2.5 GbE to 40 GbE to even 400 GbE.
Rather than upgrading network infrastructure every time a new standard emerges within the industry, many data center administrators have turned to media conversion. But with all of the media converter options available, the purchase decision can be overwhelming and often times decisions are made based on data sheets or pricing, rather than true functionality.
To help data center administrators better determine what to look for in a media converter solution, Transition Networks wrote a series of blog posts for Mission Critical Magazine entitled “Best Practices For Evolving Data Center Networks Utilizing Media Conversion.”
The seven-part blog series features the best practices beyond the speeds and feeds with an eye toward other key factors to consider when adding or expanding a media conversion system. The best practices are:
- Convert Network Types at Physical Layer
- Leverage OTDR-equipped SFPs to Detect Fiber Breaks
- Keep Management Data Secure
- Create a Separate Network for Physical Security of Data Center
- Make Purchase Decisions Based on Uptime Not Initial Price
- Build a Consistent and Repeatable Cable Infrastructure
- Support for OAM Protocols
For more information on how Transition Networks can help with media conversion, visit https://transition.com/lines/media-converters/ and stay tuned for more great articles by Transition Networks experts.