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Posted by: on May 27, 2016

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is great for supplying electricity to a variety of networking, AV and computing devices – any device connected to the network – without an outlet or adapter. It also reduces the amount of building materials required to power and connect a device to the network by allowing a single cable to provide both services.

The type of cabling you select can make a major difference in terms of how heat inside the cable is managed, as well as how it impacts performance. Category 5e and Category 6 cable can be used to support PoE devices, but the consensus is clear: You’re better off using Category 6A for a number of reasons we’re going to cover here.

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Tags: LAN, PoE

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on May 26, 2016

The Open Rack – an initiative of the Open Compute Project – is a good example of what Open Compute stands for and how its hardware and software offerings are different. Although a rack is just one small component of a data center, an entire group of people is dedicated to discussing and developing Open Compute racks. When it first got together, the group had several goals for the Open Rack. Learn what they were in this blog!


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Tags: Hyperscale Data Centers, Data Center

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Germán Fernández on May 25, 2016

Electric energy operators around the world are working to increase reliability, resiliency and capacity with smart investments in new technologies. This includes Stadtwerke Karlsruhe Netzservice GmbH (SWKN), the municipal utility that provides electricity, gas, water and heating to the 300,000 inhabitants of the city of Karlsruhe in southwestern Germany.

In conjunction with replacing primary electric transmission equipment with new gas insulated switchgear (GIS), SWKN wanted to improve the reliability of its substations. Doing so included upgrading the control and automation system from legacy protocols to the IEC 61850 communication standard.

There is a lot than can be learned from this real-life example of how a utility updated its systems for real-time monitoring and control, aligning with the vision of the Smart Grid. Let’s take a look at how they did it.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on May 20, 2016

The industry had been pushing for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program to recognize structured cabling for a while. Did you know that LEED v4 has an easy way for enterprise data cable to contribute to LEED points?

Cable can help earn LEED points as part of LEED v4 certification processes when they have EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and HPDs (Health Product Declarations) behind them.

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Tags: Standards, LAN, Local Area Network

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on May 19, 2016

Used most frequently in high-fiber-count, long-distance applications, loose-tube gel-filled cable is known for being fragile due its bare fibers and gel filling, which must be cleaned prior to termination. These factors also mean that it’s the most difficult cable type to splice and terminate, and also costs the most to terminate correctly.

Did you know that it’s possible to eliminate the need for a breakout kit?

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Tags: Data Center, Fiber

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Jeff Lund on May 18, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing both automation systems and business systems. More and more data is flowing into and out of industrial control systems, leading to business benefits such as better asset utilization, lower energy consumption and improved supply chain management.

As I have described in a previous article, the IIoT is not a destination but a journey. What will this journey look like over the next 12-36 months?

One perspective is that of the ARC Advisory Group who published an interesting article “10 IIoT Predictions for 2016 and Beyond.”

Four of the ARC predictions in particular resonated with me. I hope that my comments about them will provide you with some insights on what to expect as you and your organization move forward towards Industry 4.0.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on May 13, 2016

MuTOA boxes provide multiple ports (typically between six and 24) for a variety of media types. They’re not just intended for RJ45 jacks – they can support multimedia modules and fiber cable and connectivity. But MuTOA boxes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering various numbers of port counts, sometimes making it difficult to narrow in on the right one.

Through customer feedback, we discovered that network managers everywhere were facing a real struggle in selecting a MuTOA that offered everything they needed. Thanks to the professionals who told us what they wanted, we were able to develop and launch Belden’s KeyConnect 6-Port Media Box.

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Tags: Customization, Customer Feedback, MuTOA

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on May 12, 2016

As you pursue goals to maximize density, capacity and performance, cable management can get out of hand. Not to worry! High-density fiber connectivity products are the key to making high density a reality without sacrificing streamlined, cost-efficient cable management. Here’s a breakdown of the high-density fiber connectivity components that make up a data center, and the features that can ensure easy cable management along the way.

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Tags: Fiber, Data Center, Data Center Infrastructure Management

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