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5 things you need to know about multifiber push-on connector testing –

NTT-Advanced Technology Research cites that 80% of network problems are due to dirty connectors, and the No. 1 cause of network failure is contaminated connectors. For MPOs, inspection and cleaning become even more critical. Given that a single dirty or damaged connector can impact 24 fibers—or more—with MPO connectors, taking critical communications lines out of service for troubleshooting will cause service interruptions for numerous customers.
How can the performance of MPO links be ensured? It all starts with testing. There are the five essential things you need to do: connector inspection, proper cleaning, polarity-type validation, continuity confirmation, and choosing the right referencing method.

Hyperconnecting Here to There

As enterprise buildings and campuses grow more intelligent (think IoT, building automation and network convergence), facility and network managers are deploying massive numbers of new devices, sensors, controllers, and other devices. The challenge is adapting the data and power cabling infrastructure to keep it efficient, capable and flexible.

Tackling the weaknesses of smart buildings’ technology

The integration of IoT technology in smart buildings will bring benefits as well as more and newer risks. By 2020, 1.7B connected devices have already been deployed and used globally, and this number is expected to grow to over 3B by 2024. 97% of these IoT technologies and devices are vulnerable to medium and high-level potential cyber risks, and cyberattacks have already harmed several businesses, including critical infrastructure. To continue enjoying the benefits of smart buildings, we need to find ways to safeguard both the company’s IT systems as well as its mission critical infrastructure.

Sustainability initiatives seen driving data center physical infrastructure demand

A report from Dell’Oro Group states that data center physical infrastructure revenues are forecast to grow at an 8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2026, to above $31 billion and that data center sustainability has risen to the top of decision-making criteria in the industry, opening the door for significant technology transitions during this forecast period.

Carrie Goetz authors book offering guidance on data center careers

Information and communications technology (ICT) expert Carrie Goetz has authored a book with the intention of guiding professionals into careers in technology and data centers. Jumpstart Your Career in Data Centers is available for order in Kindle, paperback, and hardback versions. The book carries the tagline: Featuring Careers for Women, Trades, and Vets in Tech and Data Centers.
When announcing the book’s availability, Goetz said, “New to the industry, considering it, or want to know about the rest of it? This is for you—degree or no degree.” She added that the book is peer-reviewed and it “bridges the gap between IT and facilities. It takes a holistic approach to explaining mission-critical data centers, from site selection to the cloud and all things in between.

Senko’s SN Uniboot connector takes home Platinum ‘Cabling Innovators’ honors

Senko Advanced Components, Inc. announced that its SN Uniboot connector was awarded Platinum Cabling Innovators honors, as presented by Cabling Installation & Maintenance at the at the recent BICSI Fall Conference 2022 (Sep. 25-29) in Las Vegas.
The SN Uniboot is a connector with a revolutionary design that allows four SN duplex connectors to be patched simultaneously in one operation. As noted by Senko, unlike 8-fiber MPO connectors comprising single polymer ferrules, the SN Uniboot’s design utilizes eight ceramic 1.25 mm ferrules that deliver carrier-grade performance and reliability.
Originally designed for use in multi-channel 400G data center transceivers within spine/leaf architectures, Senko reports that “the SN is proving to be much more than just a high data-rate equipment connection. The industry is fast discovering that when deployed as a backbone trunk solution, the SN Uniboot has significant benefits compared with existing legacy solutions,” adds a company statement.