Codecom delivers versatile copper and fibre solution for Micron21

Background

As Australia’s first Tier IV data centre, Micron21 sets the national benchmark for reliability, security and technological capability.

From their cutting-edge facility that features 2N+ topology, continuous power, cooling, physical and electronic security, Micron21 provides mission critical hosting services, co-location, security and managed services to all industry sectors – from the largest corporates enterprises to government and SMEs.

Micron21 also operates a global network, with over 700Gbit of capacity. It manages the second largest peered network in Australia and delivers 1.2Tbps of capacity to each and every rack. When Micron21 sought a structured cabling provider to fit out their new Melbourne data centre in 2019, they required a delivery partner that could meet the high demands of their network. They chose Codecom for their sound understanding of Micron21’s network requirements and capability to deliver a superior product.

Challenges

As a company defined by scalability, rapid growth, and superior technical evolution, Micron21 needed a delivery partner with a versatile range of solutions, outstanding technical know-how and with an innovation ethos that was equal to their own.

“We reached out to a number of fibre suppliers and Codecom was only one who met the brief. Their solution was the most versatile and specifically able to meet to our requirements.”

– Sheldon Dyer, Head of Commercial, Micron21

Specifically, Micron21 required Codecom to solve the ever-present challenge to maximise data centre space, while offering a combined copper and fibre solution to give them flexibility in meeting customer interface requirements.

“The speed and performance are better with fibre, so many data centre customers are moving to this technology – particularly in the enterprise space. However, the servers that support fibre are more expensive. Therefore, copper continues to remain a better option for customers who wish to continue working with their existing equipment.

Copper is also used for internal network monitoring, so we don’t see it under threat of being entirely phased out any time soon.”

– Andrew Purcell, Sales Director, Codecom

Solutions

Codecom presented their CXD 1RU Hybrid Fibre and Copper Modular Patch Panel as a hybrid / multimedia solution, as it allows for termination of both fibre and copper within the same 1RU chassis.

The LHS of the panel accommodates 3 x 24F LC/PC Cassettes (72ports of fibre), which were supplied as splice. However, these cassettes also come in MPO and Pre-term for both Singlemode & Multimode fibre options. The RHS of the panel accommodates a 12port Keystone Copper CAT6 interface.

The application of the CXD in this way optimises space within the rack, while delivering dual cabling technologies for diverse applications.

From a form factor perspective, the 1RU chassis is also extremely compact, compared to other bulkier options on the market. The integrated cable management was also a desirable feature.

Codecom were unique in their ability to provide this kind of hybrid solution, with the density of both copper and fibre required for their specific application in a minimal 1RU footprint.

“Codecom was the only supplier who could offer a fibre splicing solution that was scalable. Other products we found only offered a pre-terminated solution or ones that required two separate units, therefore taking up an additional RU of space at the top of rack.

Codecom also offer localised stock and support, and were always prepared to understand our requirements, deliver on what they promised and work with our installation team prior to and during the construction phase until completion.”

– James Braunegg, Managing Director, Micron21

Wrap up

As the second major project Micron21 has completed with Codecom as delivery partner, the installation was delivered on time and budget, to great response.

”We had no hesitation working with Codecom again, given our previous experience. We knew they had quality products and would commit to delivering a beneficial outcome for us – to the standards we were after.

Andrew has always been very patient, accommodating and responsive. The entire Codecom team seem to excel in the area of understanding their customer needs and providing a best-fit solution.”

– James Braunegg, Managing Director, Micron21

From Codecom’s perspective, the project was a fantastic opportunity to collaborate for the second time with such industry leaders on a landmark installation.

“To be presented with an opportunity to have our products deployed into Australia’s first Tier IV certified data centre was incredibly exciting for us.

Given the breadth of their services, we knew Micron21 required a solution that would cater to the demands of a diverse customer base, while maximising every inch of premium space. We’re proud to have delivered something that now guarantees them the precision, consistency and quality they seek to underpin all their operations.

James has always been a pleasure to deal with and is always up front with his requirements and what he is trying to achieve – both for Micron21 and, more importantly, their customers.”

– Andrew Purcell, Sales Director, Codecom

 

About Codecom

Codecom is a leading structured cabling design, manufacture and installation company working with the world’s leading telecommunications and technology companies.

With offices around Australia, in Hong Kong and the United States, we offer a broad range of leading-edge solutions combined with decades of industry experience. Given our core focus on innovation and R&D, Codecom is uniquely ability to support the desired outcomes of our customers, by customising solutions to suit their operational needs.

 

About Micron21

Micron21 is Australia’s leading data centre specialising in secure, always available, cloud services. 100% Australian owned and operated, Micron21 was the first data centre to achieve Tier IV status (100% uptime) in Australia. Micron21’s operates one of the largest networks in Australia with a world class DDoS protection platform that protects the likes of iiNET and Melbourne IT.

Micron21 offers a range of services, including website hosting, VPS, high speed data communications, secure backups and the latest in VMware hyperconverged cloud servers. With a dedicated 24/7, onsite and highly rated support team, let Micron21 look after your cloud and data requirements.

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Why a visual fault locator is an essential tool

If your business uses fibre optics, you need a visual fault locator in your toolkit. It’s that simple. This nifty little tool can help you to quickly and easily inspect any optical fibre, patchcord or cable to identify breaks or damage. It can also help you to pick up where there might be ineffective fusion splicing in single/multimode optical fibres.

Visual Fault Locator

How it works

The visual fault locator uses a powerful red light laser beam which is injected into the fibre. This allows for the tracing of fibres and quickly illuminates any breaks or defects that may be present. The Codecom visual fault locator can detect issues up to an 18km range and is suitable for both multimode and singlemode fibres.

Why it’s so important to have one on hand

Fibre optic networks use an infrared light which the human eye cannot see. Additionally, the jumper, connector and optical fibre network is both integrated and complex, also making any fault locations challenging to identify. The visual fault locator swiftly and adeptly pinpoints issues that may otherwise take an impossible amount of time to find or may be invisible to the naked eye. The key benefit then to the visual fault locator is the timeliness and efficiency in identifying and thus addressing issues that this tool allows.

Difference between a visual fault locator and a fibre continuity tester

The key difference between a visual fault locater and fibre continuity tester is the light source. As discussed, the visual fault locator uses a red laser beam while the fibre continuity tester uses a high intensity green or red LED light. The laser is much more powerful which means that the visual fault locator provides much more information to the technician than when they use a fibre continuity tester. Here’s the testing reference guide as outlined by the fibre optics association.

Codecom Visual Fault Locator

Different types

There are numerous types of visual fault locators—from pen-style, to handheld to portable. The Codecom product is small, portable and easy to operate. It offers a multi-adaptor that will connect with almost any adaptor type.

In short, the visual fault locator is a highly effective and quick tool to help you troubleshoot, test and measure your equipment to either isolate or prevent problems—both large and small. Its quick detection abilities and precision will boost productivity while minimising loss. We can’t recommend this product more highly.

Structured cabling solution considerations

When it comes to structured cabling for your business, one thing you don’t want to do is cut corners. Considering the cabling is the linchpin of telecommunications and data-based businesses, investing in forward-thinking structured cabling solutions will allow your business to scale to meet future demands. Here are some of the key considerations when planning and implementing structured cabling solutions int your business.

Think long term

Data is one of the fastest growing industries so if you’re not planning for growth, you’re only hurting your business potential. Save yourself the time and future resources by building in scalable structured cabling solutions upfront.

Types of structured cabling solutions

What you choose to use in your business will be dependent on various factors but let’s quickly review the most common types used.

Fibre

Considered to be one of the securest structured cabling solutions, fibre cables consist of light which allows for the seamless and uninterrupted carrying of signals over longer distances. As fibre cabling has become a more popular choice over the years, the costs associated with this superior cabling solution have come down, making them more accessible to more businesses.

Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP)

UTP cabling supports both data and voice applications so it’s a widely used structured cabling solution across the industry. Comprised of insulated copper wires which are twisted around each other so as to decrease electromagnetic induction and crosstalk, they are often used where lower bandwidth needs are required or as legacy equipment.

Which is best for you?

The best structured cabling solution for your business will depend entirely on your unique requirements. Are you mostly a data centre? Do you offer telecommunications? Do you have any scope of future growth and development? These are the questions to consider when looking at implementing new structured cabling solutions—and if you have no idea they’re questions we can help you to answer!

Want to learn more about which structured cabling solution is right for your data centre? We’ve compiled a list to help guide you.

What makes a good Fibre Solution?

Connectors

With the increase of fibre being used in different cabling applications, it can sometimes be difficult to identify the exact products you require to suit your set-up.

At Codecom, we provide turn-key fibre optic cabling solutions including:

  • Fibre Termination
  • MTP Products
  • Fibre Ducting
  • Cleaning Products
  • Multi Core Cables
  • Patch Cords
  • Fibre Management

We’ll work with you to identify exactly what solutions you need; not just for today but for the future too.

We can also:

  • Provide you with technical support and local design capabilities, allowing for customised products to suit particular applications
  • Provide you with in-depth understanding of what our products are and where they’ve come from.
  • Work on future mapping plans from 10G to 40G/100G
  • Understand polarity methods for 40G and 100G
  • Help you understand the key differences between Polarity Method A, B and C and advise which method best suits you
  • Provide you with training on a wide range of different fibres and the benefits of using each solution for different applications

Contact Codecom to find out more about good fibre solutions for your cabling.