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Posted by: on April 29, 2016

As today’s world becomes more connected, and the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, the physical security threats we face will also change.

As a result, a new standard that will advance commercial building security and reduce the possibility of telecommunications infrastructure disruption has recently been approved for publishing by the TIA TR42.1 engineering sub-committee: the ANSI/TIA-5017 Telecommunications Physical Network Security Standard. Let's take a closer look at this new standard...

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Tags: LAN, Standards

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on April 28, 2016

There are three levels of network intelligence you may have to choose between when it comes to data center management. These levels don’t represent good-better-best scenario – instead, they signify different levels of network intelligence intensity. Not every data center will see a return on investment from full-blown network intelligence, so take the time to weigh your options and determine which level you truly need.

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Tags: Data Center, DCIM, Data Center Infrastructure Management

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Oliver Kleineberg on April 27, 2016

This week a major step forward in Industrial Ethernet is being demonstrated at the Belden Booth at the Hanover Fair (Hall 9, Booth D11) in Germany.

It’s a live demonstration of Hirschmann Ethernet switches using the IEEE 802.1 time sensitive networking (TSN) standard to allow the simultaneous transmission of critical control plus best-effort background traffic. This demo signals the delivery of an important capability which is deterministic, time-critical packet delivery.

It transforms standard Ethernet from an “I’ll get it there as soon as I can” communications technology to one that provides timing guarantees for mission-critical applications.

Time sensitive networking will play an important role in communications infrastructure as greater numbers of devices are connected under the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 revolution. Read on to learn the 4 important things you need to know about it.

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Posted by: on April 22, 2016

Transmitting power and data through a single twisted-pair cable – known as Power over Ethernet (PoE) – is one way to for schools to reduce project installation costs and support integration. A new PoE standard is in development and will address this issue: IEEE 802.3bt will support up to 100W of power per cable. To support power requirements greater than 30W, the IEEE 802.3bt standard calls for use of all four wire pairs vs. just two pairs, which is what the current PoE standard calls for.

Here are three ways that 4-pair PoE will impact school cabling infrastructure – and advice on how you can head off potential problems.

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Tags: PoE, Ethernet

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on April 21, 2016

In the past, enterprises invested in massive, centralized data centers, relying on networks to quickly and reliably carry large amounts of data to end-users. Now, the trend is moving in the opposite direction. Instead, enterprises are choosing to establish smaller, regional data centers in locations of high data consumption. This eliminates the need to wait for data to travel across the country (or farther), placing information on servers much closer to end-users – shortening the distance the data must travel before it reaches its final destination.

These small data centers are called “edge data centers”; the concept is also known as “fog computing” or “edge computing.” Let us answer some common questions about this emerging trend...

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on April 20, 2016

Who hasn’t been frustrated when traffic comes to a standstill or the underground breaks down? Such frustration is a very real human emotion that lets us know that our highways, subways, light rail transit systems etc. are vital for our lives to run smoothly.

Why then have some critical infrastructure industries, such as the energy sector, been better at adopting cybersecurity practices while the transportation sector has been lagging in this area?

The answer, I think, is that never before has the transportation industry been under such pressure to increase capacity and at the same time become more efficient.

Let’s take a look at how, in this challenging environment, passenger rail and public transportation systems can improve their Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on April 15, 2016

When it comes to RJ45 terminations, speed and accuracy can make or break a project. This blog serves as the second in a three-part series about the importance of termination reliability, ease and versatility.

When talking about termination ease, what factors determine whether an RJ45 termination is “easy” or not? How can we improve the process and make our own terminations quicker and easier to complete? Here are five tips we recommend to make the most of your RJ45 termination time.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on April 14, 2016

Data centers are only effective when they run – and a layer of visual management can drastically reduce the opportunity for human error, which leads to money-wasting downtime.

Using color codes allows technicians to get immediate information about network connections literally at a glance – a very powerful tool in making sure mistakes aren’t made during maintenance or fixes. Although the print legend on the cable will tell you what grade of cable you’re working with, it can be extremely hard to locate and read.

Color codes offer a universal way to identify and separate nearly anything. Let’s take a closer look at how color codes can be used in data centers to reduce human error and make maintenance easier.

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Tags: Data Center

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