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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July, 06, 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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June, 15, 2017

2017 NY Tech Summit: A Cabling Guy's Perspective

When guests walk into the Turning Stone Resort and Casino for NY Tech Summit, their first impression (I asked many) is that it is well organized, comfortable and everyone is accommodating. The event seems to run seamlessly. Why? You know the answer – preparation!

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May, 11, 2017

What's New in the World of Telecommunications Standards: Fibre Channel, IEEE 802, and TIA

The telecommunications standards bodies can be hard to understand at times. Keeping up with the constant changes in our standards can be a full-time job. Let me try to help simplify the process by reviewing some of the recent changes to a few of our major guidelines.

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