Rosenberger OSI is now cooperating with the data transmission and connectivity specialist FiberCon

Fiber optic experts bundle competences to develop an MTP®/MPO version of the CrossCon® system

Augsburg, January 21, 2020 – Rosenberger Optical Solutions & Infrastructure (Rosenberger OSI), manufacturer of innovative fiber optic cabling infrastructures in Europe, announces that an extensive cooperation has been signed with the company FiberCon. Both companies want to benefit from the joint know-how in fiber optics and interconnect technology and further optimize data center operations. The goal is the joint development of an MTP®/MPO version of FiberCon's CrossCon® system.

FiberCon GmbH is a specialist in the field of optical data transmission with more than 20 years of experience in research and development of new connection technologies. The company is constantly working on high-tech solutions together with leading experts in the research field of fiber optic technology. The portfolio includes new and patented products with optimally matched components in the form of micro-optical interconnecting logic for the entire telecommunications and data center sector. "With FiberCon we have found a perfect partner for innovative data center infrastructure solutions. With now more than 25 years of in-depth experience as a pan-European assembler of innovative solutions for data centers, local networks, telecommunication and industry, we are very pleased to be able to combine our know-how with another cabling specialist," says Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director of Rosenberger OSI.

 

Innovative plugging scheme thanks to the CrossCon® system

One of FiberCon's proprietary innovations is the patented CrossCon® system for structured data center infrastructures. As an integrated 19" rack unit, the CrossCon® system ensures standardized, structured and yet flexible data center cabling at all times. Thanks to a new type of plug-in scheme, the system enables any connected rack terminal to communicate with any other rack terminal of the entire cross-connection scheme in the data center. The CrossCon® connection core displays its full potential in terms of scalability, especially in modern data center topologies such as the fully crossed Spine-Leaf architecture.

 

Reduction of plugging processes in Spine-Leaf architecture

The fully meshed Spine-Leaf architecture is increasingly used in modern and powerful data center infrastructures. In this scheme, each router or switch in the upper layer is connected to all routers, switches or servers in the lower layer, resulting in very low latency, high reliability and easy scalability. The disadvantages of the new architecture, however, are the increased space requirements and the massive operational effort that results from the high number of physical connections and complex cross-connection topologies. This is where CrossCon® comes in.

In contrast to the classic structure of a Spine-Leaf architecture, there is no need for complex cabling here, since the signals are crossed within the CrossCons® and are only routed to and from the CrossCon® with patch or trunk cables. This new type of signal routing can drastically improve the documentation of the cable routing and reduce the number of necessary plugging operations. Complex work processes during the initial installation and the subsequent extension of further routers are thus avoided and a statistical source of error is reduced.

 

In focus: Standardized MTP®/MPO version of the CrossCon® system

The aim of the cooperation is the future joint development of an MTP®/MPO version of the CrossCon® system. Because the advantages of the MTP®/MPO connector are obvious: MTP®/MPO is an internationally standardized connector system and therefore manufacturer-independent, which is advantageous for future extensions and system reconfigurations. In addition, MTP®/MPO connectors can accommodate 12 or 24 fibers, resulting in considerable space savings on the PCB and in the rack. "With our joint product, we are focusing on an internationally standardized connection system based on MTP®/MPO, which will revolutionize data center operations in the future," says the Managing Director.

Interested visitors can find out more about the solution at the LANline Tech Forum Munich, which takes place from 28th - 29th January 2020, at the Rosenberger OSI stand.