Polarity needs to be determined during the design phase so that the right components can be purchased. Unfortunately, the confusion surrounding polarity often means finding out that you’ve ordered cables or patch cords with the wrong polarity. And since pre-terminated MPO assemblies and jumpers are typically made to order (and often nonreturnable), ordering the wrong polarity risks unexpected project delays and expense. Thankfully, the combination of being able to test for polarity and new MPO connectors that allow you to change polarity in the field is putting an end to the risk. This article takes a closer look.
The commissioning plan for a data center defines the guiding principles detailing schedules, responsibilities, full and accurate test documentation, and functional performance guidelines. Commissioning should help identify potential problems before they occur and result in less repairs, fewer moves, adds & changes, and prevent downtime.
According to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group, a slowdown in cloud capex growth rate weighed on the data center switch market’s growth in 1Q 2019. Year-over-year growth of data center switching revenue recently fell below 5 percent for the first time in almost five years, according to the analyst firm.
Organizations are maintaining their enterprise data centers largely to house and manage data they consider to be too valuable to place in the cloud or at the edge. This article addresses how to to leverage new technologies and design techniques to improve enterprise performance as the data center becomes the hub to an edge-to-core network.
Edge computing’s goal is to process data and services as close to the end user as possible. It’s an architecture that allows the compute and content delivery process to happen within 10 milliseconds or less of the user. According to a recent AFCOM State of the Data Center Industry study, edge solutions are one of the top areas of focus for data center end users. Forty four percent have already deployed some form of edge computing capacity or say they will be doing so over the next 12 months, according to the study. Look out over the course of the next three years, and another 17 percent of respondents have edge computing on their business plans.
The core advantage of pre-terminated cables is modularity. For an office with an open space concept, the pre-terminated cables allow quick reconfigurations such as additions or changes within the workspace. Additionally, you can avoid the hassle of storing the unused cable, cleaning of connector scrap and the need for tools for field installations such as crimping tool, tester. However, this takes up front planning and accurate measurements or you may end up with wastage — or worse — as no changes can be made on site.
Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera has inaugurated the last part of the Huawei undersea cable of the Southern Optical Fiber project.The international impact that the project may have, as well as the digital integration of the almost 300,000 inhabitants of Patagonia, includes the great potential of the far south of Chile for research and science.
Network TAPs (Test Access Points) are the absolute best way to gain access to network traffic, whether that be for network visibility solutions, network monitoring infrastructure, or network security auditing. When it comes time to begin building a TAP infrastructure there are several details to consider. Some are simple and obvious, and others may be subtler and more nuanced. This article is intended to be a primer on the main points to consider when searching for Network TAPs for your environment.
To ensure reliability, ‘future-forward’ networks need both macro-bending resilient and ruggedized fiber-optic cables. Downtime is a serious concern. According to a recent report published by Gartner, titled The Cost of Downtime, the average cost of network downtime is approximately $5,600 per minute. This adds even more pressure for data center operators and enterprise managers to keep their networks up and running 24/7/365.
Fluke’s Fiber Test and Troubleshooting — Optical Fiber Cabling for Data Communication Handbook is now available as an eBook! Learn about the fundamentals of how to inspect, clean, test, troubleshoot and document fiber cabling infrastructure installations.