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Posted by: Michael Salvador on July 24, 2014

Everybody these days seems to be talking about software defined networking (SDN) and what it means for the future of data centers.

While giants like Google and Amazon are already using some form of SDN, others are just starting to experiment with the technology. While there’s no doubt that SDN will eventually make its way from larger hyperscale data centers and cloud service providers to the enterprise, I believe we are still at least a year away from any significant adoption.

While you might not be ready for SDN today, getting a handle on the benefits and considerations can help prepare you for the inevitable.
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Tags: Data Center, Software Defined Network

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Steve Lampen on July 22, 2014

Just watch a crowd anywhere, at the beach, at a county fair, at a ballgame and what are people wearing?

Branded merchandise…t-shirts, baseball caps, jackets, all sorts of things. If it's a game, half the crowd is probably in the team colors and team logo to show support.

But it's amazing how we now pay for the privilege of advertising for our favorite brands, Coca-Cola, Nike, not to mention rock groups, concert tours and thousands of other products or events.


Tags: Brands, Broadcast

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Paul Kish on July 17, 2014

Editor's Note: This week we have a post from a guest blogger! Greg Deitz is a networking cable product manager for Belden.

Last month, Paul Kish blogged about counterfeit cable and connectivity, the risks and how to identify these subpar components. As stated in that blog, purchasing well-known brands of cable and connectivity from reputable manufacturers like us is the best protection against counterfeit components.

Purchasing Belden cable is also the best protection against copper clad aluminum (CCA) cables, which unfortunately have become a growing problem in the market.


Tags: Copper Clad Aluminum, CCA, Guest Blogger

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 16, 2014

Texans have a well-earned reputation for being some of the friendliest and most welcoming folks in the country. So as a Texan let me extend a big Texas-size welcome and invite you to attend this year’s Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure Design Seminar to be held in Houston Sept. 21-24.

The seminar is all about learning practical, no-nonsense, “I can use this immediately when I get back on the job” tips to improve your Ethernet network design skills.

Read on to find out about the overall seminar and then I’ll provide a few words about a new part of the seminar dedicated to what Houston is known for—oil and gas.


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Blog Category: Belden News

Posted by: Michelle Foster on July 15, 2014

Ninety years ago, the Ottoman empire ended. What’s now known as IBM was formed. Walt Disney created his first cartoon, “Alice’s Wonderland.” It was the first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The first Winter Olympic Games were held in the French Alps.

All of these things have had had a lasting effect on our culture, but our vote for most interesting and exciting event from 1924 was the formation of Hirschmann. Ninety years of reliable and unsurpassed quality. What an accomplishment!

Hirschmann has made many contributions to the world of industrial networking, including pioneering the development and use of Ethernet as a standard for industrial control systems.

Our friends from around the world took a moment to congratulate Hirschmann on all its success over the last 90 years.


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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Dwayne Crawford on July 10, 2014

Supported by both TIA commercial and data center standards, fiber zone cabling has been around for a while as a viable means for improving manageability, flexibility, scalability and security in a variety of applications—from the casino floor to the data center.

Let’s take another look at the practice of fiber zone cabling and its benefits, applications and considerations.


Tags: Data Center, Fiber

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 09, 2014

Time to Pay Attention to the NIST Guide to ICS Security

About 6 months ago I wrote an article for this blog about the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. The article described how the framework came to be, what it is, what it is supposed to do and what you should do about it.

If you have any interest in industrial cyber security you will want to download the latest version of the framework and have it on hand for reference. If you are in a critical infrastructure industry your organization needs to go one step further and become familiar with its content.

In this article I am going to discuss the newly revised ICS Security Guideline – NIST 800-82 Rev. 2 – and offer some useful thoughts on it.


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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Michael Salvador on July 03, 2014

With the increase in consolidation, intensive virtualization and outsourcing, the traditional data center environment with common brand-name equipment and conventional architectures is quickly shifting to the “hyperscale” data center of tomorrow.

These hyperscale data centers put the demand for customization on the rise. Let’s take a look at this trend worth watching.

The White Box Affect

Typically associated with cloud computing and the super data centers owned by the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon, hyperscale computing environments often encompass millions of stripped-down virtual servers that are customized for specific needs.


Tags: Trends, Hyperscale Data Centers

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