Category: FOTC

Big Data and the IoT’s effect on Data Centers

Technology usage patterns have evolved considerably over the decade. Today’s consumers are creating and churning data at an unprecedented rate. Mobile phones and tablets equipped with multiple sensors are constantly transmitting data. In the home, various automation devices like Nest thermostats and Dropcams are also contributing to the data glut. As our lives revolve around data, so the data center has become a virtual storage vault for this critical asset. 

Webinar: Scaling to 400G – The Need for Speed

As transmission speeds increase in data center and enterprise networks, it becomes increasingly important to adopt a cabling-infrastructure strategy that considers multiple generations of network evolution. Deploying a cabling system that can support current and future needs requires thoughtful planning, and also requires an approach that is both robust and flexible. This webinar will describe in detail how to plan and implement a fiber-optic cabling infrastructure that supports port breakout for today’s applications.

The Road to Connectivity is on the Backbone Pathway

Business owners and IT managers know high-speed internet is essential for productivity in the work place. A building with little or no connectivity does not work, literally. The typical means of connecting to a service uses optical networks for a single company or multi-tenant building. Cables or fibers run into optical connections located in the entrance facility (main telecom room). These rooms are also referred to as MPOP or the DMARC (DeMARCation) point. At that point, the service provider supplies a router as a handoff point somewhere outside the building. But this leaves a gap in service from the handoff point to the building and a backbone pathway is needed for connectivity.

New High-Density Fiber Connectors Challenges

In response to the need for higher density in data centers, a couple of new fiber connectors have recently been introduced to the market. Because these connectors are new, test equipment with these interfaces has not yet been introduced, which presents some Tier 1 testing challenges and a shift from the traditional recommended 1-jumper reference method. Let’s take a closer look at these connector types and how to test them.

Multi-tenant data centers are key to managing data without breaking the bank

A multi-tenant data center (MTDC), also known as a colocation data center, is a facility where organizations can rent space to host their data. MTDCs provide the space and networking equipment to connect an organization to service providers at a minimal cost. Businesses can rent to meet varying needs—from a server rack to a complete purpose-built module. The scalability of usage provides the business benefits of a data center without the high price.A future-ready MTDC will offer scalability, flexibility, modularity, and stringent SLAs.

Creating building-to-building connections

The digitization of everything is creating opportunities for businesses to create more value from the network infrastructure. Smart organizations are now placing the network infrastructure front and center in the planning process because it is crucial the network is set up to scale with the applications needed today and tomorrow without major and expensive add-ons. Measure twice, cut once, is the saying. For example, is your customer ready for advanced applications using WiFi, small cells, cameras, and more?

Copper cabling’s future stretches far beyond the data center

Twisted-copper cabling may not be used in data centers for much longer, but there are plenty of applications where twisted pair cabling is emerging as a strong contender. Increasingly, building applications are connecting to their facilities’ IP networks. This means connecting, integrating, controlling, and powering non-traditional IP devices such as lights, cameras, and many others to the network for maximum efficiency. Embedded sensors in these devices will collect billions of data points that will produce actionable analytics to drive productivity improvements. Copper cabling’s ability to deliver power to end devices is providing the medium with opportunities to serve multiple building systems. PoE is emerging as the most important enabler of devices that use structured cabling in enterprise buildings today, which is critical as IT managers look to drive more value out of their installed copper cabling plant and connect more devices.