Fiber only in DataCenters?

Owen DeLong owen at
Mon Dec 17 18:01:15 UTC 2012

On Dec 17, 2012, at 09:14 , Andrew Latham <lathama at> wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM, James Wininger <jwininger at> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Looking for input from "providers" as well as "consumers" of data center space and facilities. Specifically speaking to the types of available physical cross connects.
>> Are there data centers out there that are "fiber only"? That is to say that the cross connects are fiber only and no copper cross connects are available?
>> I understand that fiber is great and all, but to my knowledge there are a lot of folks still using and needing copper cross connects. Am I wrong?
>> --
>> Jim
> In general the physical size and space needed for security make fiber
> a requirement.  Copper is very useful but ladder racks and managed
> cabling can make runs much longer.  Fiber is simply the next scale.

I have yet to see a datacenter that doesn't offer both.

That does not mean that all runs within any given datacenter can be done via copper, but I don't now of any datacenters that do not make copper cross-connects available to customers that wish to purchase them.


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