December, 20, 2017

2017 Gartner Data Center Conference: A first-timer's insight

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 50 Micron Fiber Cables are Created Equal. Or Are They?

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, 09, 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

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

Speed Up Cabling Installations Using Port Replication: The Need for Speed

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-Pathâ„¢ 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, 07, 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

Using Cable Colors to Organize and Improve Your Cabling

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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