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Posted by: on February 13, 2014

In an era where loss budgets are more stringent than ever and most manufacturers are publishing both typical and maximum insertion loss values, knowing which loss values to base the design of your channel on is more important than ever.

The idea of a loss budget is to ensure that the application will function over the installed channel. Rather than using the best possible connector loss values, designers should be conservative and give themselves some margin.

In other words, play it safe and base your testing loss limits on the manufacturer’s specified “maximum” insertion loss values.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on February 06, 2014

When it comes to designing and upgrading a data center, ensuring a successful outcome doesn’t happen by accident—it is the direct result of diligently executing a strategy and taking a long-term view.

As pointed out in a recent letter to associates from Belden’s President and CEO, John Stroup, these are the same values responsible for many successful outcomes, including innovation achievements.

While some might name the likes of Apple or Facebook when asked which company epitomizes innovation, Belden is certainly doing its part within our industry. Recently ranked No. 1 Innovator in the industrial components industry by the Patent Board, Belden received the highest score for technology strength for the second consecutive quarter—bettering a list of impressive companies like Eaton, Schneider, Panasonic, Rockwell, Emerson, United Technologies, and Illinois Tool Works.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on January 30, 2014

Last fall, we featured a blog on raised floors by guest blogger Chris Ouellette, a Senior IT Specialist of Data Centre Services for IBM Canada, Ltd.

Chris did an excellent job at covering some of the key reasons why doing away with raised floors in the data center isn’t as straight forward as one might think.

As a follow up to that blog, I thought we’d take a look at some of the other drivers moving cabling out of the floor and overhead.

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Posted by: on January 23, 2014

BICSI will be holding its 2014 Winter Conference & Exhibition at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in sunny Orlando, Florida, February 2-6. Belden experts have pulled out all the stops with plenty of events, information and innovative products on display.

Exhibit Booth #1113 in the Exhibit Hall, Monday through Wednesday

This year, BICSI has expanded its exhibit hours to include Monday 4:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday 2-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Belden experts will be on hand at Booth #1113 to answer all your questions and demo the latest product innovations—from a working Belden X-Series server cabinet featuring our highly-effective Adaptive Enclosure Heat Containment (AEHC) system, to racks populated with high-density fiber and copper connectivity and our innovative DCIM-ready Traceable Patch Cords.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on January 16, 2014

Having complete visibility of a data center is no longer a luxury or something that can be accomplished via spreadsheets. Modern data centers need DCIM to logically manage and monitor data center infrastructure and assets (both physical and virtual) and gain a thorough understanding of current and future capacity.

While DCIM goes a long way in reducing downtime through automated processes, fully leveraging resources to improve the bottom line, and proactively planning for future business opportunities and new technologies, many are still of the mindset that DCIM does not offer enough value for its cost. Getting buy-in from all stakeholders and upper management isn’t always easy, but for starters, try these strategies.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on January 09, 2014

As we kick off another year of providing expert insight and information on the latest and greatest data center technologies, standards and trends, we wanted to take a minute to wish all of our Belden data center blog fans a happy and prosperous 2014 and highlight some of what we have to look forward to this year.

2014 promises to be an active year for standards as the IEEE 802.3 Working Group is hard at work on many initiatives. The 802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable task force recently received comments on the draft standard to define a four-lane 100 Gb/s PHY (4X25) over copper twinax cables with lengths up to at least 5 meters. Look for that standard to be published in the first quarter of 2014.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: on December 23, 2013

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the mesh,
Not a packet was dropped, not a single refresh;
The exhaust air moved up the chimneys with care,
In hopes that containment would rid the hot air.

The technicians and crew were snug in their beds;
Assured that DCIM would alert any dreads,
And the office in shutdown and the NOC at rest
Not a worry of disaster, no sign of distress.

When one of the CRACs just simply went dead,
Transmitted by sensor straight to my bed.
An alarm on my phone and an email on tablet
Made me spring from my sleep as fast as a rabbit.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Paul Kish on December 19, 2013

As its price and power consumption continue to drop, 10GBASE-T technology is facing off with SFP+ in 10 Gb/s rack-based data center environments that use top of rack (ToR) switches.

Let’s take a minute to review the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision and select the solution that best fits your need.
Power and Latency

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