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A Tale of Two Fiber Optic Protocols and FiberPlex’ FOI-6010

As data security breaches escalate and IT budgets fall precipitously in government and private sectors, FiberPlex Technologies announces a new optical conversion product that extends the life and reach of secure fiber optic infrastructure currently in use by the vast majority of data centers and secure networks today.

FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010 frame with new optical modules targets corporations and government agencies wanting to add the range and flexibility of newer singlemode fiber optic transport  without replacing their existing multimode fiber optic infrastructure.

“We anticipate that this new product will address new network security requirements while saving agencies and corporations in the millions of dollars by preserving their existing infrastructure,” said Mitchell L. Abel, Director of Government Relations for FiberPlex, which manufactures a line of fiber optic communication products with a brand presence that dates back a quarter of a century as a leading global communications company, including an early leadership role in TEMPEST mitigation for the U.S. government.

Enormous bandwidth capacity, Fort Knox-like security and economies of scale are just a few of the reasons why fiber optic transport is in wide use by large corporations and government agencies, many of which acquired multimode optical cabling more than a decade ago as part of a government-wide mandate to secure communications.

Now, with new advances in cloud computing, server virtualization and high-speed ports requiring the greater reach and smaller scale of newer singlemode fiber technology to secure communications beyond the data center, FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010 offers bi-directional coupling between the two fiber protocols.

New singlemode optical technology introduced in recent years is able to pass data communications faster and further than multimode fiber optic cable and is therefore ideal for long distance, higher bandwidth applications.

FiberPlex’ new FOI-6010 is a universal SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable) frame that can interchange SFP modules for a variety of formats and uses, including interfacing new singlemode fiber cable into existing multimode fiber build-outs. The FOI-6010 frame has two cages for bi-directional coupling of singlemode to multimode fiber optics at data rates up to 10 Gbps per slot with complete noise immunity, complete electrical isolation, and virtually no latency.

In addition to optical mode conversion, FiberPlex offers fiber optic products for affordably increasing the capacity of existing fiber optic infrastructure. Its Active WDM multiplexer bumps capacity up to OC-48 data transfer rates to provide up to 16 channels over just two strands of optical fiber, effectively reducing acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

FiberPlex also offers an extended warranty program on FiberPlex optical systems for predictable fixed maintenance costs, according to Abel. “FiberPlex is all about providing companies and government agencies with options that offer the higher capacity and security they need now, without having to wait until they have acquisition budgets to pay for totally new optic installations,” he said.

The company introduced the FOI-6010 at InfoComm 2013 along with new SFPs for use in a variety of data and video applications. More than a dozen FiberPlex SFP modules are currently available for the FOI-6010 frame for a range of purposes, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. The frame also takes any standard SFP module by third-party vendors.

FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, k-12 and higher education.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

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