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Management System for ESCON Fiber Cables within a Datacenter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108906D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pellegrino, CA: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method for managing serial optical channel fiber cable such as that employed by the IBM Enterprise Systems Connection Architecture* (ESCON*) for use within the computer center or data center is disclosed. The method introduces a "zone" concept for partitioning the computer room and employs fiber distribution panels in each zone to connect all fiber-attached data processing equipment to a main fiber distribution panel where cross point connections may easily be made. Continued

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Management System for ESCON Fiber Cables within a Datacenter

       A method for managing serial optical channel fiber cable
such as that employed by the IBM Enterprise Systems Connection
Architecture* (ESCON*) for use within the computer center or data
center is disclosed.  The method introduces a "zone" concept for
partitioning the computer room and employs fiber distribution panels
in each zone to connect all fiber-attached data processing equipment
to a main fiber distribution panel where cross point connections may
easily be made. Continued

      Each data center (i.e., physical room) is logically divided
into ZONES of a predetermined radius of approximately 50 feet, and a
fiber patch panel is employed in each zone.  Each piece of equipment
attaches to the nearest zone panel using fiber jumper cables beneath
the raised floor.  The zone radius choice controls the maximum length
that individual fiber cables will need to be, and, of course, may be
modified according to specific need or local preference.

      The zone panels are connected to a single MAIN PANEL (i.e., one
main panel for the entire data center) using bulk fiber TRUNK CABLE.
Therefore, all long cable runs are accommodated within the zone
panel-to-main panel trunk cabling.  Trunk cable may employ,
typically, a strengthening member within heavy insulation which
combine to protect internal fibers from damage, and due to its
resultant rigidity prevent tangling and avoid excessive bend radius.
Therefore, trunk cable is suitable for under-floor installation
without using conduit or rigid raceway.  Alternatively, trunk cable
that does not employ ruggedizing elements (e...