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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.

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Tags: Copper Clad Aluminum, CCA, Guest Blogger

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: 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.

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Tags: Data Center, Fiber

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Posted by: 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.

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Posted by: Paul Kish on June 26, 2014

There are many reasons to purchase well-known brands of cable and connectivity from reputable manufacturers like Belden who have a strong industry presence.

Verified performance and a comprehensive warranty program like Belden’s 25-Year Warranty can help ensure that your network will perform as expected.

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Posted by: on June 19, 2014

With fast data center and LAN deployment critical for meeting customer demand for information anytime, anyplace and on any device, the old saying, “time is money” holds more weight than ever before.

At the same time, today’s evolving construction environment means that those actually doing the deployment need to do whatever they can to cut labor costs.

Consequently, our industry is abundant with fast installation and time saving claims. Let’s take a look at the drivers.

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Posted by: on June 16, 2014

In case you weren’t already aware, this week has been big for GoDaddy, the rapidly expanding web-hosting company. On Monday, Founder Bob Parsons resigned from his role as Executive Chairman, “to devote more time to his [other] ventures”, according to the company’s press release. Also this week, GoDaddy filed its Initial Public Offering with a $100 million placeholder, but no indication of share quantity or price range. However, thanks to the information from S-1 report for potential investors, we do have an indication of what the data center footprint of GoDaddy looks like.

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Posted by: on June 12, 2014

Since the beginning of mankind, color has always been the easiest way to identify, recognize and classify just about anything, and it has always been an integral part of our industry—from the colors of individual fibers and copper conductors, to the outer jacket of a cable and modular jacks.

Let’s take a look at how color today is improving performance, manageability and visibility from the data center to the outlet.

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Posted by: on June 05, 2014

When it comes to ensuring polarity so that the transmit signal (Tx) at one end of the channel matches the corresponding receiver (Rx) at the other end, there is one golden rule to live by:

Always use the same type of patch cord within a single facility


When fiber patch cords have different polarity schemes and gender, IT staff needs to be very careful when replacing patch cords in the field. Those that don’t understand polarity or are in a rush to get equipment up and running can potentially use the wrong patch cord and impact signal transmission.

In the case of multi-fiber MPO patch cords, using the wrong gender can also damage critical active equipment. Having the same patch cord polarity and gender throughout the facility eliminates these risks and facilitates inventory management.

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