Category: FOTC

Sometimes a Change Just Makes Sense

Network and data center managers have their own favorite brands when it comes to connectivity, cabinets, PDUs and cable management. But every now and then, a brand fails to deliver. That’s exactly what happened at Humana, the 3rd largest health insurance company in the nation. Despite their brand loyalty on fiber connectivity, the jumpers they were using just didn’t cut it when it came to port access in high-density patching areas or needing to change polarity on the fly.

Gathering Clouds to Unleash a Flood of Data: How will Data Centers Cope?

Increasingly, applications at the network edge—Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communications and the like—are generating tremendous amounts of data. Many such applications demand ultra-reliable low-latency (mid, single-digit millisecond) performance. The challenges of coping with this growing flood of data—to and from the edge—are keeping data center managers awake at night. Here’s what we know.

Sometimes…It’s the Cable

Sometimes, when there are problems in the field, it’s just bad cable. We’re talking about cable that is bad, off the spool before the installer has even had a chance to touch it. This is not a common occurrence, but it’s something we’re prepared for and you should be, too. The vast majority of the time, it’s because someone cut corners and went for the budget special from some unknown manufacturer, but even reputable manufacturers have slipped up. Here’s an example that came into out Technical Assistance Center (TAC) just last month.

Podcast: 5G will come with abundant opportunities — and some caveats

In this podcast, TIA’s CEO David Stehlin, shares insights on how 5G promises to transform our lives and our economy by offering expanded network connectivity, speed, and capacity. Insights include: How the advent of 5G will change current network setups; Why 5G’s digital transformation is emerging at this time, and what is needed to ensure its success; the risks to the global supply chain as new technologies are added to networks; and how businesses can take steps to ensure a secure supply chain.

AFL unveils Xpress Fiber Management dual access module panel

AFL to launch Xpress Fiber Management (XFM-28) dual access module panel. Designed to maximize module capacity through both front and rear access in four rack units (RUs), the panel is billed as ideal for use where additional rack space is unavailable. The XFM-28 doubles the capacity of traditional 14-slot, front-access only 4RU panels and offers 28 slots to accommodate AFL’s LGX modules (14 front and 14 rear). Lightweight and robust, the panel offers routing flexibility.

Data Centers in a 5G Era

By enabling higher speeds, lower latencies, and more #M2M connections, the arrival of #5G #networking is already sparking a revolution amongst #datacenters. Entire industries are simultaneously planning for a new era of connectivity and bracing themselves for what is set to be one of the most influential roll-outs in technological history. And there’s more to come.