Data Center Cabling Solutions
March, 18, 2020

Are IBM's Mainframes a Dying Technology?

Back in the day, IBM and its mainframe were the industry’s most stable, resilient and secure enterprise system. But is the mainframe a dying technology? Its flexible and adaptable platform has catered to customers’ needs better than any other. As IBM continues to reinvent around the evolving needs and requirements of its enterprise customers, it seems the mainframe has been and will continue to thrive with many new advances for years to come.

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March, 12, 2020

What is Fiber Optic Insertion Loss?

In its simplest terms, insertion loss is the amount of light that is lost as the signal arrives at the receiving end of the link. Insertion loss is measured in decibels (dB) and each passive connection in a system increases the dB loss for the system as a whole.

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March, 09, 2020

The Difference Between Rails with M6 and Rails with 10/32 Tapped Holes

Have you ever laid awake at night pondering the difference between rails with M6 and rails with 10/32 tapped holes? What does a tapped hole even mean? And what is a cage nut?

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February, 26, 2020

Planning a Refresh or Upgrade in your Data Center? Don't Ignore the Cabling Infrastructure!

It is always recommended to consider your cabling infrastructure before installing new hardware. If you fail to do so, your team is vulnerable to spending countless hours troubleshooting links and channels, only to discover it's a cabling issue that could have been prevented.

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February, 21, 2020

Cat6 vs Cat6A in the Data Center

Data center costs can add up quickly. Before spending extra money and wasting critical space on Cat6A cables, talk to your cable manufacturer and explore all your options to find the best fit for your data center.

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February, 17, 2020

Tips for Determining Transceiver and Fiber Cable Selection

When trying to determine what transceivers and fiber cable to use in your installation, determining the speed needed and the distance that the fiber cable needs to run are critical factors that must be taken into account when calculating your decision. 

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February, 13, 2020

TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee Meeting Recap

It was a productive and busy week at the first TIA TR-42 quarterly meetings of the new year and decade in New Orleans. It’s fantastic to spend a week with some of the brightest folks in our industry, collaborating on the latest and greatest fiber optic and copper technology. Here's my recap of the meeting.

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February, 03, 2020

The Top 4 Obstacles Facing Data Center Managers

Today, data center (DC) managers are confronted with a multitude of challenges when trying to successfully manage their environment. To help better understand the data center landscape, let's look at four of the more common obstacles.

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January, 29, 2020

Does 28-AWG Copper Cable Work with Power over Ethernet (PoE)?

Wondering whether 28-AWG copper will work with Power over Ethernet (PoE)? In short, the answer is yes! However, there are some important things to keep in mind when you are using these "mini" alternatives to traditional Cat6 cords.

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January, 27, 2020

TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee Meeting

It’s that time again (new year, new decade) and the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) TR-42 (Telecommunications Cabling Systems) committee is holding its first meeting of Q1 2020 this week in New Orleans! As a member of the TR-42 committee, I wanted to give you a preview of the subject matter of the meeting.

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