5 Tips for an Effective BOM

Low-voltage cabling infrastructures are becoming more complex than ever. LANs have more connected devices in more locations and data centers are shifting to fully-meshed leaf-spine architectures where every switch is connected to every other switch via redundant pathways. With these complexities come a wider variety of copper and fiber cable and connectivity components and associated racks, cabinets and cable management needed to build reliable, high-performance networks-and that means more extensive and diverse project bills of material (BOMs).

Broadband is critical for unlocking the lockdown

The global crisis created by COVID-19 will have a profound and long-lasting impact. Broadband has played a vital role during this crisis as people work, study and shop from home. These changes in digital behavior have had a seismic effect on our networks. Until now, broadband operators have been using growth models that predicted a gradual increase in bandwidth demand of 30-40% over the next 3 or 4 years. COVID-19 has generated 30-40% growth overnight. We’ve seen huge spikes in usage across online gaming, VPN, streaming services, social media and video conferencing, to name a few.

Innovative Shared Research Computing Storage Project Takes Shape in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) brings together the major research computing deployments from five Boston-area universities into a single, massive data center in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The 15-MW, 780-rack data center is built to be an energy- and space-efficient hub of research computing, with a single computing floor shared by thousands of researchers from Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and the entire University of Massachusetts system. Because the data center is run by hydro and nuclear power, it leaves nearly no carbon footprint. By joining together in the Holyoke site, all of the member institutions gain the benefits of lower space and energy costs, as well as the significant intangible benefits of simplified collaboration across research teams and institutions.

Austin, TX teams with NTT to speed smart city deployment

The City of Austin, Texas and NTT will partner on an NTT Accelerate Smart pilot project that will use new smart city technologies to analyze vehicular traffic patterns, ease congestion and support community planning in Austin. NTT’s Accelerate Smart data platform, as well as modular data center infrastructure for edge deployments, will monitor traffic-related issues in downtown Austin using Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed at the intersections of Cesar Chavez Street and Trinity Street and Neches Street and 8th Street.

Senko marks major advancements in SN connector, transceiver adoption

The SN connector is a new, duplex optical fiber connector using LC style 1.25mm O.D. Zirconia ferrules, designed for next generation hyperscale data center interconnect (DCI). This connector was designed to provide individual and independent duplex fiber breakout at a quad style transceiver (QSFP, QSFP-DD and OSFP) that Senko contends is not only more efficient, reliable and scalable than the MPO connector but also at a lower in cost to implement. The SFP-DD has also adopted the SN as their independent duo style interface, mainly for the wireless fronthaul applications.