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Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on July 20, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the way manufacturing is done by connecting more smart devices and sharing the information they produce to improve existing business models and enable new ones.

Underlying this transformation is the network of physical objects – sensors, actuators, machines, controllers – which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity for collecting and exchanging data. And, just as the technology is changing, so are the processes for using it.

For example, there is a growing expectation that an industrial networking or automation product can be simply connected and turned on - and it will work. This concept is called “plug-and-produce.”

Let’s examine why it’s important.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 15, 2016

LAN connections are on the move. Where they once resided in the walls of our buildings, they’re now relocating to the ceiling. With cabling and wiring located horizontally overhead, devices can connect to it there vs. at a LAN connection point on the wall.

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Tags: LAN

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 14, 2016

Although they offer several opportunities to save money, time and floor space, 2-post racks do present one major drawback: How do you secure an open rack where equipment is exposed? When devices, cable and gear are visible in these types of racks, access is tempting – and pretty easy. For this reason, 2-post racks are most often used in applications without high security requirements.

The most common way to secure network equipment in a 2-post rack is by installing a brace on the hardware – and then bolting the brace to the two posts. But there’s another way to secure the equipment inside a 2-post rack: Belden SecurePatch.

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Tags: physical security, Data Center

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 13, 2016

As 2016 opened, news coverage of the cyberattack that led to the Ukraine power outage was prominent. It was a high-profile example of a cyberattack disrupting a control system, resulting in loss of power for thousands of people.

Whether or not this incident was a hot topic in your operational and management meetings, cyber security is a high priority for most industrial organizations.

The good news is there is an easy way for you to improve your ICS security knowledge and competency. That way is to attend our upcoming Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar, being held Oct. 10-13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Read on to find out more about our ICS cyber security training and how you will benefit from it – plus learn some excellent tips for getting approval from your boss to attend it.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 08, 2016

As you prepare your LAN to accommodate the demands of the IoT and PoE, consider scenarios where taking the "Direct-Connect" approach might make sense. Also known as a home-run or end-to-end connection, learn the benefits of this method, how to test direct connections and how to use a direct-connect method in combination with grid cabling - all discussed in this blog article!

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Tags: LAN, PoE, IoT

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 07, 2016

Sophisticated software tools can detect, alert and respond to outside threats, improving network security. But in the never-ending race to keep your network secure, it’s easy to overlook physical security. Protecting physical connections plays an important role in securing your infrastructure – and guarding the increasing amount of sensitive data being exchanged over today’s networks.

Physically discrete fiber connection systems are emerging, adding another physical layer of security that safeguards data...

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Tags: Fiber, physical security, Security

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 06, 2016

Do you require VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) cable for on-machine applications, where it will be in constant motion? Or what about needing it for installation in tight spaces?

Up-to-now, these situations have been hard to address. On the one hand, construction-grade VFD and standard THHN building wire or tray cable do not provide adequate VFD system protection or the pliability needed. On the other hand, high performance Belden VFD cable has not had the extreme flexibility needed.

The good news is that high performance AND high flex Belden VFD cable is now available. Let’s review the VFD applications that require very flexible cable and see how our new offerings make installation easier without sacrificing any of the crucial elements needed for high performance.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

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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