CrossCage Plus

Solution Briefs

Instant Service Delivery

With no need to manually run cable or make connections, service request turnaround is only limited by how quickly the carrier or other managed service provider can approve the request. Service requests can be completed in minutes instead of days, an ability that opens up a world of options for offering tenants dynamic service arrangements. With CrossCage Plus, colos can offer their tenants the flexibility of expanding or downsizing as they see fit, which is an excellent value-add to a colocation center.

On-Demand Marketplace

Colo owners can also add value with an on-demand marketplace, enabling their tenants to offer services such as security, storage and other services directly to other tenants. Imagine a marketplace where service providers, tapping and security providers, and other services are listed in one place. From this one place, customers can log in and choose the services they want – and the colo can provide the connection minutes after the service is purchased. By utilizing CrossCage Plus, colos can create an automated marketplace that processes orders and brings up connections upon completing the transaction. Conversely, once a contract for a service is finished, the system can then bring down the connections. All of this can take place in minutes.

Business Interruption Security

One of a colo’s main tasks is to ensure its customers have a 100% uptime and protect them from business interruption. This is a difficult task when you have limited visibility into the physical layer of the network. CrossCage Plus allows colos to document what is happening in their physical infrastructure at all times. If a cable in a meet-me-room is disconnected, CrossCage Plus will send an alarm to notify of the interruption, and even if it is re-connected right away there will be a record in the audit trail. This allows colos to respond to outages faster and spend less time troubleshooting, ensuring maximum uptime for their customers.

Conclusion

Fiber Mountain’s CrossCage Plus solution allows colocation data centers to add intelligence and automation to its physical layer. Doing so adds value to the colo as a whole, as it allows the introduction of new features such as on-demand marketplaces, layer 1 security and dynamic cross connects.

 

Components of Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core:

  • AllPath Director is a centralized SDN orchestration system that provides real-time visibility and control of the network. This orchestration system is unique among SDN controllers because it is not confined to packet processing over a static infrastructure. AllPath Director ‘software defines’ the physical layer.

  • OPX Optical Path Exchange offers 160x10Gbps ports with dense MPO connectors and on-board optics. It has been measured at five nanoseconds port-to-port latency, enabling "bump-in-the-wire" optical switching with multicast support.

  • Sensus intelligent patch panels aggregate and break out duplex LC to MPO trunks. Each Sensus panel features an interactive management module screen that offers local or remote access for improved control and asset management. Two hot-swappable patching modules allow for dynamic breakout configurations.

  • L-Series Fiber Port Aggregators provide LC-to-MPO or MPO-to-MPO aggregation and QSFP breakout. Per-port LEDs and a variety of TIA-5638-D.3 2016-compliant fiber mapping options couple with AllPath Director and OPX to facilitate effective network control and visibility.

  • Super Premium Fiber Optic Cables ensure efficient and consistent data via a high-quality glass core and superior design. Cables equipped with ICID technology can be discovered by AllPath Director to provide visibility and complete control of the physical layer.

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