How data sheet can be helpful in upgrading your network

A data sheet is a detailed overview of the fiber optic products that are faring well in delivering connectivity. User can make use of this data sheet to find out the products that fit their requirements perfectly. If there is the need of any additional support or module for the network upgradation, this product literature can help you detail out the purchasing list. So, here are some of the most important information snippets a data sheet is likely to contain.

  1. Basic characteristics

A user must know the difference between a 10GBASE-ER SFP module and a 10GBASE-ER SFP+ transceiver. This ability to tell one module from another can be nurtured by reading the literature like Cisco 10GBASE SFP+ Modules Data Sheet regularly. It is a well-known fact that the market of fiber optics is very vast. Since there is a home for every budget; the connectivity requirement for a Fiber to the Home solution cannot be the same. This is the reason why you find the term Cisco compatible transceivers, optical cables etc. everywhere. Every vendor including the OEM experts like Cozlink prepare the data sheet to give a complete overview of any connectivity solution they roll out.

So, speaking about basic characteristics, one can find out what products complying with the prevalent Ethernet standards are available with the vendor. A data sheet, while talking about the optical transceiver modules can provide quick overview of main features and benefits, such as:

  • 10GBASE – SR SFP Module: This module supports data transmission over a multimode fiber up to a distance of 300m where fiber is OM3 grade and up to 400m with an OM4 grade fiber. Thus, you must look for the fiber quality while choosing the module.
  • 10GBASE-LR SFP Module: If you require establishing a data link reaching up to a distance of 10kms, you need 10GBASE-LR module. The fiber should be single mode and type – G.652.
  • 10GBASE-ER SFP Module: On the same fiber type of single mode, if you use a 10GBASE-ER Module, the link length can be extended to 40km.

You expect your connectivity solution to meet the enterprise-class standards if your networking requirements are on an epic scale. So, SFP modules that provide something extra in low cost become your first choice. Once you have understood the module requirement, you must know about the cables that complement your interconnects intelligently. So, a data sheet can give you beautiful match of cable choices to go with the modules of your preference.

  1. Compatible cabling solutions

Active optical cable or direct-attach twinax cable – if you are confused between the two, the active ones have signal modifying, boosting, reading solutions built within, while passive direct-attach cables simply transmit the signal to any two end points that can be servers, equipment, NICs etc.

Transceivers and cables are miniscule part of a huge infrastructure called data centers. These information hubs have racks and racks comprising of servers with different capacities. The user has to find cabling solutions that go with the more easily visible components of data center architecture, such as, routers, switches and other similar platforms, in this case equipment with SFP ports. So, a compatibility matrix like this can give you answers to your connectivity queries.

For example, when you are on a spree to find which transceiver to choose for the switch or a router, this list of platforms helps you find the products that go with the connectivity solutions, such as Cisco compatible Cozlink 10G SFP+ Modules:

●  7600 Series Router

●  ASR 901

●  ASR 903

●  ASR 1000 Series Router

●  ASR 9000 Series Router

●  ASR 9000v Series Router

●  Catalyst 2350 and 2360 Series Switches

●  Catalyst 2960-S, 2960-X, and 2960-XR Series Switches

●  Catalyst 3100 Blade Switches

●  Catalyst 3560, 3560-E, and 3560-X Series Switches

●  Catalyst 3750, 3750-E, and 3750-X Series Switches

●  Catalyst 3850 Series Switches

●  Catalyst 4500 and 4500-X Series Switches

●  CRS Router

●  MDS 9000

●  ME 4500

●  ME 4900NCS 6000 Series Router

●  Nexus 2000, 3000, and 4000 Series Switches

●  Nexus 9000 and 9500 (modular) Series Switches

●  RF Gateway Series

●  SCE 8000

●  Shared Port Adapter (SPA)

●  Unified Computing System (UCS) Switches

You must make use of compatibility matrix to find the one-to-one compatibility.

  1. Industrial standards

A lot is at stake when networking decisions are taken. The process is actually nothing more than plug-and-play at the core, but the implications of such ease of use can be huge and devastating if the industry approved products are not used. Therefore, a complete list of standards is printed on a regular basis to allow the users to refer it for using the best possible products for deploying them to create truly dependable networks. Thus, this is the list of standards the product you purchase should be tagged with and is duly mentioned in a comprehensive data sheet.

Regulatory and Standards Compliance


●   GR-20-CORE: Optical Fiber and Optical Fiber Cable

●   GR-326-CORE: Single-Mode Optical Connectors and Jumper Assemblies

●   GR-1435-CORE: Multifiber Optical Connectors

●   IEEE 802.3: 10-Gigabit Ethernet

●   SFP+ MSA SFF-8431 (Optical Modules, Active Optical Cables, and Passive Twinax cables)

●   SFP+ MSA SFF-8461 (Active Twinax cables)


●   Laser Class 1 IEC60825-1

●   Cable jacket of SFP+ copper modules is UL #E116441 Compliant

●   Laser Class 1 21CFR-1040 LN#50 7/2001

Apart from these crucial information pieces, you come to know about the nomenclature of products as used by various vendors. If you come across term like ws c3560x 24p s, it is just a switch or a part number manufactured by Cisco. So, data sheet helps you know your networking elements better.


Upgrading needs expertise coupled with knowledge. As a networking expert, your job is to make the process happen in the most time-saving and cost-effective manner. Referring data sheet helps you find the best possible solutions for the networking requirements and provide you a clear insight of what is trending in the market.

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