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March 23, 2017
Custom Trunk Staggers: What You Need to Know

When you read the title of this blog post, you probably asked yourself, “What is a custom trunk stagger?” and “Why do I need one?” Large director-class switches require a lot of cabling when fully populated. Fiber jumpers are great for patching in short distances but not for this environment. Learn how multi-fiber assemblies, also known as harnesses or trunks, will help speed up your install.

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March 13, 2017
Data Center Downtime: The Little Details Matter!

I was just reading about how Amazon’s massive outage in February 2017 was due to human error, specifically blamed on a “mistyped command.” I’m always simultaneously amazed and frightened at how much money is at stake during downtime, but a few other things struck me about this story as well.

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March 3, 2017
Quality vs. Cost: The Threat of Low-Cost Cabling

When it comes to data center cabling, we at CABLExpress cite some simple equations and things to keep in mind that prove price can’t be the only deciding factor when investing in cabling. Quality counts!

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February 21, 2017
Spine and Leaf is All the Rage!

Have you been hearing a lot about spine and leaf topologies lately? Sometimes it’s also called leaf-spine cabling. If you have, it’s not surprising. Spine and leaf is changing the complexion of data center cabling in today’s structured environments.

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February 15, 2017
The ABCs of TIA-568

Layer one technology is all about the quality of the overall product. Fiber light path is a key component that needs to be managed properly to avoid downtime. To ensure your data center can support higher data rates, there are three methods defined in the TIA-568 standard referred to as methods A, B, and C.

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January 18, 2017
Cabling the Arista 7500E Series

It’s a month into the New Year, and you are just unwrapping your new Arista 7500E Series switch you spent that year-end budget on. You already know that the Arista 7500E Series offers more than 30Tbps of total capacity for 1,152 ports of 10GbE, or 288 ports of 40GbE and/or 96 ports of 100GbE.

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December 28, 2016
The Race to 400G Ethernet

As data center operators, we mostly concern ourselves with the front side of the optics. But it is still important to understand all aspects of different optics available for a connection. This way, your knowledge will best help an operator select the best transceiver at the lowest cost for the desired link. This takes us to 400GE. Find out what the data center industry has been working on behind the scenes with this benchmark for a couple years with two standard organizations.

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December 22, 2016
What we learned at the 2016 Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference

Our data center architects were in Las Vegas earlier this month for the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. They want to share the insights gleaned from the countless conversations with attendees they had and the invaluable content sessions they attended.

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November 28, 2016
Insights from the Arista Cloud Builders Seminar in Columbus

The Arista Cloud Builders roadshows provide attendees with a great platform for Layer 2/Layer 3 discussions, best practices for designing and deploying data center networks, and much more. I attended my first Cloud Builders event back in June, and I found the recent event in Columbus, OH to be no different.

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November 21, 2016
The World's Most Powerful Network Runs on CABLExpress Fiber Optics

The SC16 conference in Salt Lake City is known in the computing industry for hosting the fastest performing network in the world – SCinet. Thousands of attendees and exhibitors gather to this must-attend event to rely on that network alone to showcase their latest research in high bandwidth-driven computing and networking systems. The best part? It’s run over CABLExpress fiber optic cable assemblies.

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