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Posted by: Michael Salvador on November 26, 2014

It’s that time of year again when we all start to think about the things we are thankful for, including our data center blog fans who continue to read our blog every week. We remain thankful for the opportunity to provide you with useful, thought-provoking information on the latest and greatest technologies, standards and trends.

As I look forward to this Thanksgiving, and time with friends and family, I’m thankful that “hot pockets” are not on the menu. However, there are some things that do fit well in a pocket. And that has me remembering a few big things that I’m thankful I don’t have to deal with in the 21st century. Here are just a few I pulled out of the vault.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on November 26, 2014

Every year, Control Engineering selects a slate of finalists for its Engineers' Choice Awards. This year, four Belden products are in the running. The products nominated are:

• Belden 600V Tray-Rated Cat 5e Cord Sets

• Hirschmann Lightly Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch

• Lumberg Automation PROFIBUS I/O Modules

• Tofino Industrial Networking Security Appliance

Each product has unique strengths. Let’s take a look at each of them to see why you might want to include them in your control networks – and vote for them!

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Blog Category: Belden News

Posted by: Michelle Foster on November 21, 2014

Name: Kyle Mrkva
Title: Product Line Manager, Industrial Cable, North Americas
How long have you been with Belden?: 5 years
Platform: Industrial Connectivity
Products Managed: Belden Classics (Electronics Cable), Industrial Fiber Optic Cable (Loose Tube), MarineTuff, Lead Wire, Teck, Industrial Power, CIC, CSA Tray, LSZH Control and Instrumentation

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Michael Salvador on November 20, 2014

If you’ve ever bought a custom-tailored suit versus one off the rack at the local department store, you know just how incredible customization can be. The same can apply to your data center and LAN.

Whether you need lightning fast data center deployments, are faced with a unique or challenging application, or even just have your own preferences, choosing components from a vendor with the engineering and manufacturing expertise to deliver customized solutions can save you time and money – or even get you out of a jam.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on November 19, 2014

In Part 1 of this article, I introduced the Golden Rule of Industrial Wireless Security – Deploy Securely, Monitor Regularly. Following this rule ensures that unwanted access to your wireless LAN and the rest of your network does not occur.

But, how do you deploy securely? These days, most cyber security articles talk about using Defense in Depth, or a layered approach to securing industrial networks.

By implementing measures to address these seven key questions you will be building layers of protection that contribute to Defense in Depth for wireless applications. Let’s take a look at the questions in detail.

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Steve Lampen on November 18, 2014

I spend a lot of time in the fancy cable section of Belden. These are cables for high-frequency applications, such as digital video coax, or 10-gigabit data cables. These cables all use bare copper conductors. On the other hand, if you look at the Belden catalog from the 50,000 foot view, you will see a whole lot of cables we make use tinned copper. If you're an ancient engineer or installer (like me) you came from a time when tinned copper conductors were pretty much everything. Products like 8451 and 9451 and almost any analog audio cables are all tinned copper. Go back to the coax cables from long ago, and many of them are tinned copper. So what happened? And why is Lampen bringing up this issue now? Very simple. Belden has brought out a line of cables that are all tinned copper.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Michael Salvador on November 13, 2014

For those of you that have read my past blogs or white papers, you know that holistic data center design is one of my passions.

In my holistic design white paper, I discuss the benefits of deploying a modular approach that allows for a standard and predictable space, ultimately providing better scalability, cost efficiency and ease of operation. Having standardized configurations for cabinets and spaces also eases installation by eliminating surprises.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on November 12, 2014

There are many reasons to update your network from an ad hoc design to an industrial Ethernet infrastructure. One of them is that it allows you to separate applications that generate high volumes of traffic, such as physical security systems, from other network applications such as control systems.

Good network segmentation groups devices used for a common purpose or with common cyber security requirements into segments, making network management and expansion easier.

Today I am going to take a look at how to integrate physical security systems that include cameras, video servers, client viewing stations and other equipment into a well-designed industrial Ethernet network.

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