June, 03, 2016

Insights from the Arista Cloud Builders Seminar

The evolution of data center networking has been at the forefront of the data center industry for some time now – the players are changing and so is the game. Arista Networks has become a significant leader in the area of data center networking.

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May, 20, 2016

How Port Replication Became the Superhero Structured Cabling Solution it is Today

Like any good superhero origin story, the tale of port replication™ begins with some evil villains and how a hero decided to stand up to them. The villains? Lack of data center space, cabling confusions, and downtime. The hero? You guessed it – port replication!

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May, 12, 2016

How to Cable the Arista 7500E, 7500R and 7300X Series Switches

CABLExpress recently published a structured cabling application guide for Arista switches. The guide includes connectivity examples for the 7500E and 7300X Series switches, and includes the newer 7320X chassis. It also includes the recently released 7500R router.

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January, 21, 2016

Football and network cabling. Are they really that different?

Being in the midst of football season, we cannot help but think about the similarities between football and the cabling industry. We're especially thinking about its relation to the introduction of the Category 8 standard within copper patching. Data center cabling is much like a game-winning drive down the field in the final minutes of a football game.

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October, 30, 2015

How to Reduce Cabling Congestion with 28 Gauge Copper

Choosing a product for your network, navigating through the purchasing process can be stressful. Understanding all of the costs involved, as well as key factors for each product, will help you to make better informed decisions for your layer one infrastructure and will help you avoid costly network mistakes. 

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October, 05, 2015

5 Reasons Why IT Professionals Choose Fiber Optic Cables Instead of Copper

When assessing which type of network cable you want to install, which type should you go with? Copper has some advantages, including the fact that it already exists in many places and is less expensive to connect network devices. But while fiber optic cables are more expensive, there are several advantages that make it a more enticing cable infrastructure solution than its copper counterpart.

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August, 27, 2015

How to Offset Costs of Your Data Center Cabling

It’s time to upgrade your SAN directors in your data center. Costs can add up quickly, so carefully selecting the right cabling solution can make all the difference during your cabling installation process. 

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July, 27, 2015

Migration Concerns to the 16-Fiber MPO Connector

A recent discussion raised concerns that a 16- and 32-fiber MPO connector would be needed for 400G speeds. These connectors would not be compatible with currently installed 12-fiber MPO connectors, thus creating a significant challenge in migration to those speeds.

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July, 06, 2015

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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June, 16, 2015

How to Choose Quality Fiber Jumpers

Shopping for fiber jumpers can sometimes seem like a daunting task. As a buyer with so many options these days, how can you weed through the good vs. the bad vs. the ugly when it comes to quality fiber jumpers?

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