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Posted by: on July 01, 2016

With so many types of advanced external network security options, such as firewalls and encryption, many hospitals and healthcare businesses may think that physical security in the data center as an added layer of network protection is simply “nice to have” vs. being a crucial part of protecting information.

In this article, we discuss why physical security is essential to protecting your network and how it can be achieved.

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Tags: Standards, physical security

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Posted by: on June 30, 2016

With the broad range of data centers in existence, how can the industry develop standards that provide useful guidance to all types of data centers?

By collaborating not just at the project level, but also on the development of data center standards, we are making this industry better. We are serving our market more effectively. Change and evolution are more easily accommodated. Options can be weighed and measured. Through collaborative efforts, we can succeed in our endeavors.

It’s important that you know: We need you. We need your input, your suggestions and your criticism.

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Tags: Data Center, Leadership, TIA, Standards, Standardization

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on June 29, 2016

A common best practice in any field is to benchmark performance or results against industry norms. In the case of industrial control systems (ICS), security breach benchmarking is a challenge.

There isn’t a lot of data available and the data sets that are available are not as extensive or as granular as one would like.

Having said that, there is some ICS security breach data available and it is worthwhile to obtain it, review it and reflect on it. This article provides a list of freely available information on the state of industrial security and provides some context for each source.

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Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on June 24, 2016

If one thing is certain about the future of IT, it’s this: IT is completely unpredictable. Today’s IT departments must be ready for anything. No longer is IT around just to serve the present-day needs of employees and network users; IT departments have the ability to drive initiatives that accelerate the profitability of businesses.

Here are three strategies that can help you address the constantly changing workloads and applications driven by the challenges faced by every future-ready IT department....

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Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on June 23, 2016

Data center environments are dynamic; just like the technology they support, they must be flexible and adaptable. This is true for managers of enterprise, hyperscale/cloud and colocation/multi-tenant data centers, alike. Learn how a simple but effective CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis tool combines IT asset data, physical architecture, power, cooling, networking and airflow simulation to help data center managers better implement changes, regardless of what type of facility they are managing.

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Tags: Data Center, Hyperscale Data Centers

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on June 22, 2016

It’s not surprising that Ethernet has migrated from office environments to industrial environments. After all, the use of open, standards-based communication technology has made it easy to connect the plant floor to enterprise systems resulting in many business benefits.

There is a downside of Ethernet standardization though --too often office-grade cable is being used in industrial and harsh environments. This jeopardizes uptime and safety and can cost organizations far more than what they “saved” by installing commercial cable in demanding environments in the first place.

What are the applications that require industrial-grade Ethernet cable versus the office-grade Ethernet cable used in enterprise networking? There are more of them than you might think. Let’s review the situations where Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is reduced by specifying industrial-grade cable for Ethernet network infrastructure.

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Posted by: on June 17, 2016

As LEED v4 begins to permeate the commercial buildings market, you’ll be hearing more about Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs). In this blog article, we will discuss what HPDs are, what they disclose, HPD 1.0 versus 2.0, earning LEED points and how Belden approaches HPDs.

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Posted by: Stéphane Bourgeois on June 16, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming fast, and is set to reshape everything from healthcare to manufacturing. A 2015 IBM survey of more than 5,000 business professionals from 21 industries found that 57% of C-suite executives place IoT in the top three most important near-term business trends.
But without a reliable connection to the network, these intelligent IoT devices are simply “devices.” They can’t monitor the surrounding environment and make instinctive adjustments. They can’t provide data to us for better decision-making. If network connectivity isn’t dependable, then business processes will suffer – and the investment an organization makes in IoT won’t be worth it.

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Tags: IoT

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