Nikhef Patch Calculator
Eager to get your ERA-IX port live?
This tool allows you to easily calculate the appropriate length for the
We woke up feeling good and felt like being nice, so we've allowed calculation of distance between any two racks 😉
Fill in or click on the A and Z side racks of your intended cross-connect and let the program do the rest.
Please take notice of the spare on each side and where you need to be in each rack for the best results.
You will also be presented with a suggested trajectory for the cross-connect.
(rounded up from 20.22M actual distance)
This will leave 200cm at least on each side
(~439cm estimated spare per side)
Using the calculator
- Source Rack
- Commonly called the A-side for the cross-connect.
- Destination Rack
- Commonly called the Z-side for the cross-connect.
- How much fiber should (at least) be left on each side, given in centimeters.
Fill in your own rack number in the Source Rack field, fill in the remote
rack (you will be provided this rack through a LOA) in the Destination rack. Continue by checking if the
spare length will get you where you need to be in the rack.
Once filled in, click on Compute Length, the tool will perform the calculations necessary to ensure you get the correct fiber on the first try! Results are rounded up to the nearest 5M increment. On the floorplan the calculator will also display a suggested route.
Alternatively, you are also able to enter the racks by clicking on them in the floorplan.
Eager to learn more?
About NIKHEF Housing
NIKHEF Housing provides a great environments for networks to establish
themselves and through the availability of over 300 other
networks address their interconnection needs.
For this reason ERA-IX was initially launched within the facility. NIKHEF Housing is located in the Science Park in Amsterdam, in close vicinity to other datacenters such as Interxion AMS9, AMS17 and Equinix AM3, AM4. So close in fact that you should be able to order cross connects from them towards NIKHEF Housing.
In NIKHEF Housing, customers are free to install their own cross
connects. Free of charge, this is a big advantage compared to their neighbors 😄.
When installing cross-connects please follow instructions provided by staff and adhere to the Nikhef Housing Cabling Guidelines
When installing a cross-connect to ERA-IX, your patch will be connected on the hot side of our rack. Your fiber must go down the spillway to enter the rack, be routed through the cable loops on the right of the rack and enter the pre-cabling from the right.