Gartner Inc. revealed its top strategic predictions for 2020 and beyond, examining how the human condition is being challenged as technology creates varied and ever-changing expectations.
“What’s driving everyone to the edge?” From an enduser perspective, the demands for faster data processing and delivery of content and services to mobile devices will be unceasing. The projections are literally at a steeper angle than the growth of our national debt. The current structure of the internet and cloud and mobile networks can’t even begin to keep pace.
According to the Sate of the Edge and Gartner research, while 95% of data is created and managed within centralized data centers, within within two years 75% will need analysis and action at the edge. The decision won’t be cloud versus edge; it will be cloud with edge.
For the second consecutive year, Cabling Installation & Maintenance is teaming up with Fluke Networks to administer a salary and compensation survey for professionals in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in the United States. The survey will stay open through the end of 2019 and into the first couple weeks of January 2020. All individual data collected in the survey will remain anonymous. You can take the survey here.
Fluke Networks demonstrated a prototype single pair Ethernet (SPE) adapter for its DSX-8000 at the Rockwell Automation Show. SPE is making waves in the industrial-automation world as a potential replacement for fieldbus architectures. The adapter is being made in very limited quantities and is currently only available to industrial automation and cabling manufacturers for their use in labs but has been released with the expectation that SPE will become widely adopted.
The search is on for a worthy candidate to be Women in BICSI’s sponsored competitor in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, which will take place during the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition. This is the sixth year that Women in BICSI has sponsored a candidate. The Winner of the Cabling Skills Challenge receives $5,000.
Fiber connectivity is essential for the physical infrastructure in any enterprise or data center network. While it certainly has advantages, there are also challenges that come along with fiber. Contamination is the #1 cause of troubleshooting in fiber networks, so it is critical that anyone working with fiber is aware of and implementing best practices when handling, installing, or testing fiber connections. During this one-hour session, we will take a closer look at fiber connectivity and educate attendees on the impact that contamination has on fiber connections and network performance. We will also provide guidance on best practices and standards that are in place to ensure clean connections.
Maybe you have heard that bidirectional testing is required for certification when using an OTDR, but do you know why? Check out this article to see what the standards have to say on the topic.
The Internet of Things is the future, but it’s also key to the past. Yes, its main function may be to make environments and objects more reactive to our needs through the use of various connected sensors, but increasingly these sensors are being used to monitor historic buildings and structures. And thanks to such monitoring, we’re getting better at preserving the world’s heritage, using future technology to keep us connected to our collective past.
Internet2, working with CenturyLink, Ciena, and Juniper Networks demonstrated the ability to transmit 400 Gigabit Ethernet traffic over a 1,367-mile circuit at the SC19 super-computing conference in Denver. The link connected the conference’s SCinet network in Denver to the StarLight data center in Chicago.