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Posted by: on May 29, 2014

If you’re a regular Belden data center blog follower, you’ve probably seen several blogs in the past year that cover several of the key considerations for designing, deploying and testing today’s low-loss fiber networks.

We’ve covered everything from standards, connector types and loss values, to polarity, best testing methods and optimum multi-point topologies.

The good news is that I will be bringing all of these considerations together and covering each in much greater detail in my upcoming June 10th webinar, “Cabling the Hyper Data Center: Designing, Deploying and Testing Today’s Los-Loss Fiber Networks.”

Following are some of the key highlights:

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Posted by: on May 22, 2014

Maintaining a seamless appearance has not always been easy for middle of row (MoR) or end of row (EoR) distribution areas in the data center where dissimilar-looking copper and fiber patch panels typically reside within the same cabinet—especially with many data center managers preferring the use of angled copper patch panels that provide more intuitive routing and save space by eliminating the need for horizontal managers.

When looks are high on the priority list, some have had to forego the angled copper patch panels in favor of flat to better match the fiber panels in the same cabinet. It’s simply an aesthetics issue that the industry has had to deal with when distributing fiber from core switches to intermediate switches and then transitioning to copper for the servers within the same cabinet.

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Posted by: on May 15, 2014

In previous blogs on DCIM, we looked at strategies for getting buy-in from upper management and some key tips for configuring and implementing the system once you’ve gotten approval to purchase and deploy DCIM.

In this blog, I’ll delve a little deeper into the importance of open standards and integrated cabling infrastructure.

Open for Business


Early DCIM solutions promised a view of all systems and the ability to automate data center, facility and IT systems with one software package. Today, the industry recognizes that this is not a reality. For example, many facilities monitoring systems are mature and have specialized control and monitoring features.

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Posted by: on May 08, 2014

One of the more popular switching platforms for storage area network (SAN) backbones is the Brocade DCX Series switch that features 8 vertical slots for 64-port blades, providing up to 512 mini-LC duplex ports operating simultaneously at 8 gigabit Fibre Channel.

While these switches are ideal for connecting SAN backbones in larger enterprise networks, there are some considerations when it comes to patch cord and cable management options for these high port count fiber switches.

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Posted by: Paul Kish on May 01, 2014

It’s been about 7 years since 802.11n Wi-Fi devices operating in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency ranges hit the market, despite the fact that the standard wasn’t ratified until nearly 2 years later.

But now a new generation in wireless technology has arrived!

Operating strictly in the 5 GHz frequency range (5.17 - 5.33 GHz band), IEEE published the 5th Generation 802.11ac™-2013 Wireless LAN Specification early this year with current generation devices providing up to a 3-fold increase in throughput and the potential to eventually provide up to 10-fold at 6.77 Gb/s.

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Posted by: Paul Kish on April 24, 2014

Belden will once again be participating in the annual BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition taking place April 27-30 at the Vancouver Convention Center in British Columbia.

The 2014 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition features a wide range of quality technical presentations, more than 75 state-of-the-art exhibits and plenty of networking opportunities—and Belden is a part of it all.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on April 17, 2014

After its introduction to the market in 2009, bend insensitive multimode fiber (BIMMF) received plenty of attention. But some might not realize that bend insensitive singlemode fiber (BI-SMF) actually came first.

Due to smaller cabinets and longer wavelengths used in outside plant (OSP) and passive optical network (PON) applications, BI-SMF was introduced in 2007 under the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) G.657 standard.

However, splicing ITU G.652D standard singlemode fiber to newer G.657 BI-SMF fiber can cause some confusion.

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Tags: Data Center, Fiber Testing

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Posted by: on April 10, 2014

Believe it or not, virtualization has been around for longer than one might think.

In the early 1970s, IBM offered the first commercial main frame to support virtualization. In 1997, Apple used virtualization technology to run a copy of Windows on a Mac to get around some of the incompatibilities.

But mainstream adoption of server virtualization in the data center didn’t really take off until the late 1990s when VMWare began offering products, followed quickly by several other vendors.

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