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Strategic Design of the Passive Network Infrastructure
The passive network infrastructure has been often viewed as an afterthought, as the simple nut-and-bolt building blocks onto which are hung the servers, switches, and other active network equipment as well as the cabling. But in today’s data center,the passive infrastructure commands attention for its role in increasing operational efficiency, enabling server consolidation and virtualization, maintaining network uptime and application availability, and extending the life of the data center and lowering the cost of ownership. Simply put, the selection and deployment of the passive infrastructure can either aid or detract from efficient data center operation.