The Power in the Data Center is There — Use It

For many in the data center sector, one of the most pressing concerns is that much of the world’s data center infrastructure operates in a manner that is financially suboptimal and environmentally unsustainable. If a data center is only using a fraction of the available power, then the capital investment that is tied up in inflexible power infrastructure is impotent. The question is, who is paying for that stranded capacity and unused space?

Cabling for smart buildings – making smart choices

Smart Building networks have a number of extremely specific requirements, including the need for flexibility, the ability to scale up (or down) easily, PoE (Power over Ethernet) or PODL (Power over Data Lines) capacity and support for Internet of Things and Cloud applications. Picking the right cabling can make or break a smart building. The introduction of wireless access points combined with fixed access as well as PoE has made designing, configuring, and reconfiguring networks much easier and more suitable to Smart Buildings. 

3 options to use Kubernetes and containers for edge computing

As organizations pursue the idea of running containers in edge computing environments, they’ll look to extend their Kubernetes deployments outside the data center. Many enterprises have different views of edge computing, but few rule out the possibility they’ll deploy application components to the edge in the future, particularly for IoT and other low-latency applications and Kubernetes as the ideal mechanism to run containers in edge computing environments — particularly those who have already adopted the container orchestration system for their cloud and data center needs.

Webinar: A New Generation of Pluggable, 100 – 400G Coherent Optical Modules: Implementation and Testing

Evolving network requirements are driving an expansion of use cases that can benefit from coherent optical technology. This is ushering in a new era of pluggable coherent optical technology with 100 – 400Gb/s capacity, support for various interoperable transport standards and a wide variety of client payloads. At the same time, the options for pluggable client optical transceivers are also broadening with respect to form factor, client rates and types. At the nexus of these trends are transport and router platforms utilizing both client pluggable optics and coherent pluggable optics to support a range of different applications. These systems will leverage the capabilities of this new generation of multi-rate coherent pluggables to enable features like modularity, pay-as-you-grow, interoperability and flexibility.

Ohio municipality, Cincinnati Bell form smart city partnership to provide free public WiFi

Wyoming, Ohio is the first small city in Hamilton County to implement a smart city solution. Partnering with Cincinnati Bell to realize a “smart city” vision and ignite economic growth, and bring free public WiFi to the municipality as part of a broader effort to ignite economic growth. The municipality installed a smart city solution with WiFi coverage in the central business district, the village green, and the municipality’s Crescent Park. The community may log on through a splash page at “Wyoming Free WiFi.”

UC Berkeley, NTT partner on smart campus pilot project

UC Berkeley and NTT  announced a connected campus pilot project that will leverage technology to “smartly” transform the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation Department by analyzing use patterns, easing traffic congestion, and increasing pedestrian safety in the Bancroft Way area of campus. The pilot will incorporate NTT’s Accelerate Smart data platform and Dell Technologies’ modular data center infrastructure for edge deployments of high-definition optical sensors and IoT devices that monitor traffic-related issues.

Ethernet Alliance ‘PoE Survey’ infographic reveals deployment insights

The Ethernet Alliance’s recent Power over Ethernet (PoE) product certification survey reveals some 78 percent of respondents experienced difficulties with PoE deployments — but that 72 percent expect noticeable improvement with products certified through the Ethernet Alliance’s PoE Certification Program. Further findings from the survey are available in a newly released infographic, available at: https://bit.ly/EA-PoEInfographic2020.

The wireless explosion: A sign of the times?

With the entire world currently under “stay at home” orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone who is classified with “non-essential” jobs is now working from their homes or not working at all. In doing so, everyone is realizing the importance of the “4th Utility” — the Internet. Just like flipping on a light switch or turning a faucet on for water, network connectivity is an expected deliverable.