If you have the time to study the relevant standards of the Telecommunications Industry Association or local equivalent then you most likely either have an immediate need to design an infrastructure cabling system or you are suffering from insomnia.
TIA-569-B "Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces" provides a detailed overview of the things to think about when designing and installing a cable pathway system, but in a more shortened form:
With the growing need for higher and higher speed connections and the push to cloud services (private, public, hybrid or otherwise) the number of network connections within data centres is constantly on the rise.
To combat the cost of usable rack space, data centre managers need to achieve ultra high density in structured cabling to accommodate this growing number of connections. Multimode fibre optics has become the de-facto medium of the future for satisfying the growing need for transmission speed and data volume over short distances due to the relatively cheap transmitter/receiver equipment.
Combining both ultra high density structured cabling and fibre optics has resulted in MPO/MTP fibre cables, which has ultimately led to the technology of Parallel Optics. These multi-fibre connectors bring together 12 or 24 fibres in a single interface just as compact as an RJ45 connector. It is a suitable solution for high-performance data networks in data centres.
Multiple-Fibre Push-On/Pull-off connectors have been around for a long time already, but only seem to be coming in to vogue now due to the increasing demands for higher bandwidth services and evolution in the active networking equipment available.
Offering typically 12 fibres factory terminated within the one cable, the MPO/MTP fibre system allows for quick deployment with an almost "plug & play" type installation (except for cleaning and testing).
Polarity of the MPO/MTP connectors and trunk cables is where the systems become tricky, but is the key to getting this "plug & play" solution to work for your current and future needs. As most applications today are still using 10Gb connections the MPO/MTP solution is simply a neater solution than your traditional field terminated FOBOT, however if it is parallel optics you need to facilitate those 40Gb or 100Gb links within your network, then careful planning is required to ensure that the investment you make today is still available to serve you with these applications tomorrow.
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