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MX Series Applications

From the UK’s MTP® Specialists

For All Types of Data Centre Applications

Designed for all Network Topologies

The MX Series Fibre System has been designed to accommodate the networking demands of today’s data centres.

A wide range of component parts enable connectivity from 1GbE to 200GbE, high density patching fields, Top-of-Rack access and End-of-Row or Mid-Row distribution areas.

Explore some of the possible applications below. Our UK based technical support can answer your questions and provide assistance with network specification, product options and assist with getting the most from your infrastructure budget.

Data Centre

Spine and Leaf using the MX Series

As the volume of East/West traffic increases relative to North/South, Spine and Leaf Networks are becoming increasingly popular over more traditional 3 tier Core/Aggregation/Access networks.

Since the launch of the MX Series Fibre System, it has been deployed within a number of clients using Spine and Leaf topologies of various sizes.

An overview is given below.

A typical two tier spine and leaf topology is shown below along with a physical layout using the MX Series. Top tier switches in the Spine can be situated in end-of-row locations with each row containing lower tier switches and their related servers.
This type of physical layout works well for two tier and also for larger networks where “leaf pods” are created and then these are connected to a super spine.
High density MX fibre distribution panels in end-of-row locations ensure each leaf switch is connected to each spine switch with the same number of connections.
If required, Super Spine switches can be located separately and connected via diverse routing.
Spine to Leaf connections are typically 40GbE or 100GbE SR4 and use the MX Series 8 Channel Module along with M400 Series trunk cables and patch cords. Leaf Switch to server connections are 10GbE or 25GbE and use MX Series Modules with 12 x LC ports. MX 1U Housing Panels support Leaf switch to Server connections (Top-of-Rack) and MX 2U Housing Panels support Leaf to Spine connections to End of Row (or Mid Row) locations.
Top tier switches in the Spine can be situated in end-of-row (or mid-row) locations with each row containing lower tier switches and their related servers.
Multiple diverse cabling can provide resilience to the network. Multiple End-of-Row distribution panels can be connected across rows to enable servers to be connected to multiple spine switches.
Spine to Leaf connections are typically 40GbE or 100GbE SR4 and use the MX Series 8 Channel Module along with M400 Series trunk cables and patch cords. Leaf Switch to server connections are 10GbE or 25GbE and use MX Series Modules with 12 x LC ports. MX 1U Housing Panels support Leaf switch to Server connections (Top-of-Rack) and MX 2U Housing Panels support Leaf to Spine connections to End of Row (or Mid Row) locations.
Spine and Leaf - In Row 1
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MX LC 24 Fibre Modules
Leaf Switch to Server
mtp 8 way adaptor modular cassette
MX MTP Adaptor Modules
40GbE or 100GbE Spine to Leaf
MX 1U Panel Loaded OM4 Modules
MX 1U Housing Panels
Top-of-Rack
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MX 2U Housing Panels
End-of-Row
MTP trunk fibre cable 24 core multimode
M Series MTP Trunks
10GbE or 25GbE Channels
M Series 40GbE and 100GbE Trunks
Up to 144 fibre (8 Channels)
MTP - LC breakout harness cables
M Series Breakouts
For Direct Equipment Connections
LCLC Duplex Fibre OM4 Patch Cord Low Loss
M Series Patch Cords
Low Loss Bend insensitive

The first switches with 100G ports were 100GBASE-SR10. More recently 100G is now widely available using 100GBASE-SR4. This enables network managers to incorporate 100G using existing 40G fibre infrastructure. Where switches have the programming capaility, the MX Series can be used to connect existing 40G ports to new 100G ports.

As 10G servers are gradually upgraded to 25G ones, any MX Series network that is being used for 10G / 40G will still be suitable for 25G / 100G.

Re-use existing MTP trunk cables. Swap out 10G cassettes for 40G or 100G SR4 breakout cassettes or modules with 40G or 100G port presentation. Breakout 40G Core switch ports to 10G spine switch ports. Direct connect 40G core switches.

The MX Series offers answers to all these changes with a variety of different approaches depending on demands.

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Core Aggregation Access using the MX Series

Historically this has been the most common model used within enterprise networks and was adopted into data centres.

The main functions of each layer are typically as follows. The core layer provides two high-speed switching between the modules in the aggregation layer and connects externally. The aggregation layer is the L3 and L2 boundary. It consolidates L2 traffic and is the platform for network services. The access layer contains all servers and storage (or SAN).

The MX Series Fibre System has been widely used in Core/Aggregation/Access networks. The flexibility of the MX Series enables it to support the huge variations in network designs that are based on this topology and can offer a variety of ways to create main distribution areas, horizontal distribution areas and equipment distribution areas.

The ANSI/TIA standard 942-2005 is widely followed to create this type of network and the MX Series has components that enable connectivity at each point within this design

A multi-tier core/aggregation/access network is often created using a series of distribution areas that enable all switches to be connected to each other within the same tier as well as being connected vertically to switches in other tiers.
Diverse cable routing between distribution areas provides network resilience.
A separate Storage Area Network (SAN) can also be connected directly to the MDA via two diverse cable routes.
Core Aggregation Access
The physical layout of a multi-tier core/aggregation/access network is often created using a series of distribution areas based on the ANSI/TIA 942-2005 theoretical model
The main distribution area (MDA) is often located physically separately from other parts of the network has been commonly adopted as a starting point for these types of network designs.
Conversely horizontal distribution areas (HDAs) located at mid-row or end-of-row within the servers areas to are common. HDAs are then connected to the MDA via two diverse cable routes.
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Higher Fibre Port Density End-of-Row to Top-of-Rack

With capacity for 12 MX modules, this panel enables high density fibre ports for main distribution areas end or row distribution. Minimise rackspace requirements by housing multimode and singlemode ports next to each other.

The MX Series also allows the network manager to add Cat 6 and Cat 6a into the same panel as well as house network TAPS.

MX Xpress End of Row Distribution

Lower Fibre Port Density End-of-Row to Top-of-Rack

The MX 1U housing panel is ideal for connecting equipment to your network within access / server racks. With 5 slots for MX modules, a range of connectivity options is available with the ability to mix multimode fibre, singlemode fibre, Cat6/6A, Cat7 and 40G/100G ports within the same panel.

Each 1U panel will present up to 60 LC fibre ports. 20 Cat6 / 6A or Cat 7 ports or 40 40G/100G ports. The MX Series also allows the network manager house network TAPS within the same panel.

MX Xpress - Low Density

As the demand for higher data rates is pushed closer to the access layer, 40G ports are required across the aggregation layer and within storage servers. The ability to add these ports on an on-demand bases whilst ensuring capacity for further deployment in the future is paramount. The MX Series introduces a number of components including 40G breakout cassettes and conversion cables to enable this migration.

Similarly, being able to run 40G over incumbent fibre infrastructure originally designed for 10G can help minimise disruption and reduce costs. Again, the MX Series offers products that can achieve this and will not become redundant as further 40G adoption takes place.

MX Xpress - with 40G

Fabric Network

Migration from a Layer 3 Cluster to a Fabric Network

With the exponential growth of server to server traffic relative to server to user traffic, data centre topology needs to find new ways to cope and still provide resilience. One method is redesign the network to a Fabric Network. In this type of network, Plane Spine switches are connected to Fabric switches and then to rack switches via multiple parallel connections. This provides each server with multiple routes which improves resilience and manages data flow more efficiently between servers. Connecting Plane Spine switches to Edge switches provides the external connectivity.

The MX Series offers modules to enable the volume of 40G plane switch to fabric switch links as well as the top of rack server to rack switch connectivity. As demand grows, modules can be swapped out to accommodate the spread of higher data rates. Existing trunk cables can be re-used for these higher data rates or connected into other parts of the network.

More Options

Mix Multimode and Singlemode

For mixing multimode and singlemode within one panel

The MX 1U housing panel has 5 slots for moduler cassettes. The MX Xpress Series has OM3, OM4 OM5, standard singlemode (OS2) and bend insensitive singlemode (G657.A2) links. The Xpress system enables singlemode and multimode cassettes to be housed next to each other in the same panel.

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400G is Just Around the Corner

For most network managers 400G isn’t just around the corner but both the wider adoption of 40G switches and or 25G servers are. The MX Series is designed to meet emergent technologies from 25G duplex networking right up to 200G and 400G.

Ensure your infrastructure can adopt of new network topologies

The MX Series trunk cables and cassettes won’t become obsolete with the uptake of new technologies. With the ability to swap modules within the network and re-use components for different data rates all products purchased today will still have use during migration to higher data rates.

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