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March 6, 2018
What Problems Does a Multi-Path™ Solution Solve?

It’s been nearly a year since CABLExpress released and deployed its Multi-Path™ solution. The Multi-Path™ solution seeks to deliver a simple, effective fiber path and polarity system that effectively handles multiple paths, such as duplex or parallel signals, with no disruption or added cost. Now with hundreds of installations under our belt, the verdict is in: the Multi-Path solution has more than delivered on what it promised.

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February 13, 2018
The Evolution of Ethernet and Fibre Channel Structured Cabling in the Data Center

In this decade we have seen a shift in structured data center cabling from copper to fiber and a hybrid mix of both. It’s important to note that managing a hybrid connectivity data center is complex, but can be done effectively with a proper structured cabling solution.

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January 19, 2018
Point to Point is NOT the Point

The average cost, per square foot, to build and populate a new small sized data center can be challenging. The cost per square foot can range from $200 to $1000 depending on renovations to an existing building, or starting from scratch. While power and cooling are primary topics of consideration, cabling is also important! So important, C-NET CDCDP Training reports the cost of cabling when building a new data center is 5% to 6% of the overall expense, when running point to point connections.

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December 29, 2017
2017 Gartner Data Center Conference: A young professional's insight

As a young professional in this ever-changing technology world, the ceiling of learning is endless. Ryan Steele, Strategic Account Executive, attended this year's Garner Data Center conference - and was not disappointed. It proved to be another reminder that staying current on the latest technologies trends in IT is crtical.

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December 20, 2017
2017 Gartner Data Center Conference: A first-timer Insights

Josh Taylor returns from the 2017 Gartner’s Data Center conference in Las Vegas, NV. As a "layer one" guy, Taylor was intimidated by the intense brain power at the conference, but amazed with the myriad of technological concepts and themes. Even though it was his first time attending, Taylor hopes it won't be his last. Learn about Taylor's expereince and his thoughts on the almighty cloud.

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December 15, 2017
Cloud and Infrastructure Agility: Insights from the 2017 Gartner Data Center Conference

Gartner again delivered another spectacular conference in Las Vegas this year, filled with many tracks to meet today’s relevant topics and informational sessions directed specifically at different categories in the data center space. Of the top five tracks, I focused my attention mostly on the cloud and infrastructure agility viewpoints.

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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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