Working with an experienced cabling specialist when designing data center architecture can reduce both initial and long term costs. A new white paper from Siemon explains that partnering with a manufacturer that offers high speed interconnects that are not only compatible with network equipment, but are high quality and high performance, can reduce costs by future-proofing, reducing installation times, and reducing cooling costs.
Network engineers may believe that they need to purchase high speed interconnects from the original equipment manufacturer. But in this paper, Siemon asserts that third party cable manufacturers can offer the same compatibility and reliability. The report highlights key factors to consider when selecting a cabling partner, other than cost. It also explains the pros and cons of direct attach cables (DAC), active optical cables (AOC), and high quality copper cables.