The (ODF) Optical Distribution Frame is a passive storage and distribution tool that enables efficient interconnections between cables for seamless communications. It is used to integrate the fiber terminations, end fiber adapters and fiber splices and excess cabling into a single modular unit. Thus, a passive optical distribution frame is an ideal device for efficient cable management, and also for protecting the cabling infrastructure from environmental extremities and manhandling. It is installed as a central cross-connection unit in the main distribution area from where the connections constituting the data center are stored and maintained. The optical distribution frame of passive type is available in various sizes and is mainly made of cold-rolled sheets that offer it beautiful structure and reliable locking mechanism. The ODF can be installed outdoors as well as indoors. The other popular materials used in manufacturing ODFs are thermo-set fiberglass and reinforced polyester body.
Wall or pole-mount passive ODFs: This ODF is a portable structure resembling a box in design and is fixed directly on a pole or a wall. The number of connections to be stored and maintained in the wall-mount ODF is fewer, and so, the fibers of smaller counts can ideally be secured in this distribution frame. The number of fiber counts to be stored in the wall-mount ODF is pre-determined.
Rack mounted ODF: This can be called an industry-grade ODF as it is capable of handling a large number of fiber counts. A large-scale fiber-optic network can suitably be terminated, spliced and managed in this rack-mount ODF. Mostly, it is available in a 19” rack mount design and can be fit into any standard transmission rack easily.
Why you need an ODF
A data center is the storehouse of a large number of optical fiber connections. The use of a large number of interconnects, splitters, extenders and adapters can easily convert a data center into a messy warehouse where the fiber cables are spread all over the place. Such scary sight is detrimental to the security of the connections too. The need to manage the cabling infrastructure and to ensure the longevity of the network can be best realized with the help of an ODF that does the job of fiber splicing and storing the fiber terminations securely in a tight-locked space.
Important benefits of an ODF are:
Some tips for choosing the passive ODF ideal for your need
Thus, ODF buying is an important process of network installation in a data center. The user should be well-versed with the product options available in the market so that the purchase process does not require undue repetitions. Correct knowledge and usage idea can help the buyer pick the option that complements his needs the best and offers him true value for the money.