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November 20, 2017
All Fifty-Micron Fiber Is Created Equal. Or is it?

From small mom and pop shops looking for a single fiber jumper, to fortune 500 companies looking for robust structured cabling solutions – we see and hear it all. Due to the variety of end user types in our wheelhouse, we’re tasked with answering questions from all across the board. Sometimes technical in nature, other times cost related - or a common question we are often fielding that combines both. If OM2, OM3, and OM4 are all 50 micron why wouldn’t I just buy the cheapest available?

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November 9, 2017
CAT6 Cabling: What is the BIG DEAL about AWG (American Wire Gauge)?

Wire gauge is an index that indirectly (inversely and logarithmically) tells us the cross-sectional area of a round wire. You may be asking, “Why does the gauge matter in my network’s racks? I mean, I use standard CAT6 cabling, and it works for me!” If you’re cabling up 48 ports of CAT6 that doesn’t seem like a ‘big’ deal. However, consider this. 

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October 31, 2017
Chicago Dell EMC Forum: A game-winning look into the company's future

The Chicago Dell EMC Forum resembled more of a packed pep rally than a traditional technology forum. Founder and CEO Michael Dell, took center stage to a room crammed with customers, vendors and onlookers. It’s been a little over a year since the completion of the Dell EMC merger. Michael Dell’s decision to acquire the struggling EMC now has the same feel as to that of a game-winning, Hail-Mary pass in a championship game. EMC was strapped with debt, but held trophies from their development of VMware Inc., Pivotal Inc., and RSA Security LLC, in their trophy case.

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October 26, 2017
The Need for Speed: Using Port Replication to Speed Up Installations

Just like Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, we all "feel the need for speed," when it comes to making our data centers run faster and more efficient! Deployment and installation of new switching hardware in a data center is a daunting task. Everything needs to happen in a specific time window, and that window is typically small. Reducing the amount of variables (or things that can go wrong) is always a good idea in these instances. Port replicationeliminates the need for a very time consuming task!

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September 26, 2017
Multi-Path™ System Offers a New, Standards-Based Fiber Optic Cabling Migration

So what keeps you up at night? Maybe - just maybe - it’s trying to figure out how you are going to achieve a seamless and cost-effective fiber optic infrastructure migration to 25G/40G/50G, 100G, or even 400G. The possibilities are many, but before answering it is important to understand what is going to be your best solution. 

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September 7, 2017
The Race to 400G Ethernet Part 3

This post is part three of a series meant to track the technology advancements in the move from 100G to 400G Ethernet speeds and their effects on structured cabling. The TIA-942-B data center cabling standard was released in August 2017. This standard includes the 16-fiber and 32-fiber MPO-style connector, as well as the standard TIA-492-AAAE. The TIA-492-AAAE introduces wide band multi-mode fiber (WBMMF), also known as OM5.

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August 18, 2017
Insights from the Arista Cloud Builders Seminar - Chicago 2017

Arista’s recent updated offering of Cloudvision and container-based EOS (cEOS) solutions provide users from all sectors with a vast array of solutions. These solutions support the current spine-and-leaf architecture. There was a lot to learn in the Universal Spine and the DevOps integration discussions.

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July 11, 2017
Cables - Taste the Rainbow

When purchasing new equipment, it can be easy to find yourself in a mess of cables if you don’t pay close attention to the project at hand. You will thank yourself later if you take a step back and spend time thinking about the best way to cable everything up! Trust me, you’ll be happy you did.

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July 6, 2017
Measure Twice, Cut Once

Do you remember when a cable was a cable, and a connection was just a connection? Point-to-point was the cat’s meow, and it didn’t matter how long the cable was, as long as you had one to plug in. Times have surely changed, largely due to the ever-evolving world of technology.

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June 27, 2017
Rethinking "Plug and Play" and Testing

At CABLExpress, we believe in the philosophy that you should Respect Layer One®. In fact, it pretty much drives our whole existence! With that in mind, we realized that maybe we all need to re-think the term “plug and play.” This terminology is a cabling industry buzzword that implies simplicity with fiber optic connectivity infrastructure.

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