Category: Structured Cabling News

Webinar: Edge Data Centers

The characteristics that define an edge data center also inform many requirements for the infrastructure within the facility. High-speed networking, a compact footprint, little or no on-site staff, and high reliability are among the attributes of an edge data center that place exacting demands on data center systems. This webinar focuses on edge data centers and the cabling, power and infrastructure components needed.

White Paper – Get Connected: Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things

The world of smart building technology is uniquely positioned to benefit from IoT. But, how can organizations – whether they’re large multi-national entities or small to medium-sized businesses – best integrate IoT to deliver significant transformation over time?
The following smart building IoT best practices should be taken into consideration: 1) Start small. Test IoT in your building before expanding. 2) Build a solid plan 3) Include all stakeholders.

A Public Private Partnership Connects NYC’s Subway System

The New York City subway system is the United States’ largest transportation network, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But just a few years ago, more than 5.5 million riders who rely upon the subway system every day, had no access to cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity while traveling underground. A high-speed communications and IP infrastructure was needed to not only keep riders connected but also to support public safety and emerging smart city technologies.

Tips to Identify Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) Cables

If it sounds too good to be true, it might be. Don’t get too excited if you find Category 6 cable available online for practically half what you’ve been paying for that brand name. Even if it claims TIA-568-C compliance, includes the UL listing mark and even has a ETL verification legend printed right on the cable, make sure that cable isn’t made with copper clad aluminum (CCA). Cables made with CCA conductors are simply not worth the risk, even at the lower price. Not only are they non-standards compliant, but they often do not have a valid UL safety listing per the National Electric Not Worth the Savings or the RiskCode (NEC)..

Upgrading fiber. Which one to choose?

Q. We are upgrading a network at a brownfield site where most fiber runs are close to 100 meters, and we’re considering an upgrade from OM2 to either OM4 or single-mode. Which one should we choose?A. Customers prefer to stay with multimode, as the transceivers are generally cheaper. If your runs are 100 meters or less, OM4 would allow you to migrate to 400 Gb/s in the future, based on the draft requirements of IEEE 802.3cm. If your runs are over 100 meters, there are proprietary transceivers that would allow you to go farther at 100 Gb/s on OM4, but at this stage you should be looking at single-mode.

7 Reasons Test Access Points Are Critical to Network Monitoring and Visibility

 Whether you need to keep tabs on the endless wave of personal devices in the workplace, track the performance of third-party applications (or those in the data center), or ensure cyber criminals aren’t probing the network, the reality is that you can’t control what you can’t see. Having access to network traffic and properly distributing that data to the tools your business relies on is crucial for network visibility. That’s where the network Test Access Points (TAPs) come in.

Differences between OS2, OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, and OM5

When it comes to fiber optic networks, there are a lot of options in how a network is designed. Knowing which fiber cable to use for your project really comes down to distance and speed. We cut to the chase of what the main differences between fiber modes are so you can make the right decision. While the complete list of design differences could fill several books, you can understand the key variations in design in a few minutes. This quick guide will highlight the characteristics of OS2, OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, and OM5 fiber cables.