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Posted by: Mike Peterson on July 30, 2015

Data centers make up a unique eco-system of their very own. Keeping equipment cool is a necessity – but too much cooling can lead to excessive energy costs. Properly separating hot exhaust air and cold supply air is also a must to prevent hot air from cycling back to the IT equipment intake, and cool air from returning to the cooling unit. The best way to determine the effectiveness of your CRAC is to constantly monitor three crucial areas. Here they are...

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Tags: Environmental Monitoring, Data Center, Thermal Management, Energy Efficiency

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on July 29, 2015

In the factory setting, the trend of connecting more and more devices to the network is called the Industrial Internet of Things, or the IIoT.

We’ve always had networks in factories, but the IIoT takes it a step further. When smart devices communicate with each other it can lead to enhanced functionality, improved operational efficiency and added value – all without any human interaction.

Many companies want to take advantage of the IIoT, but face a dilemma when it comes to wireless connections. They want the payback, data and efficiencies that wireless can deliver. However, they are skeptical because of a past bad experience or an outdated frame of reference.

The fact is industrial wireless technology has made great strides in terms of performance, reliability and security. The potential benefits, especially when it comes to network efficiency and agility, are huge.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Kristen Poulos on July 23, 2015

There are many acronyms used to describe shielded cables, from STP to F/FTP; while many are often used synonymously, nearly all of them have different meanings. This blog provides basic information about each style, as defined by ISO/IEC 11801:200, to clear up the confusion.

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Tags: Data Center, LAN

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 22, 2015

The days of connecting devices to the network but not really knowing the impact on security are limited.

Two trends are converging to make this practice extinct. The first is the heighted concern about security from both reliability and risk management perspectives.

The second is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) which is leading to connecting more devices and systems to the industrial network, thereby exposing it to more risk.

The good news is there is an easy way to improve your ICS security knowledge and skills. That way is to attend our upcoming Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar, being held Oct. 19-22, 2015 near Chicago, Illinois.

Read on to find out more about this event -- you don’t want to miss the early bird registration deadline of July 31, 2015.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Michael Salvador on July 16, 2015

DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) is an alternative to intelligent patch panels that tracks data from the entire IT infrastructure.

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Tags: DCIM, Data Center

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 15, 2015

The Internet of Things means more and more devices are being connected to industrial networks. And these “things” aren’t just the controllers and related computers “owned” by the OT department or the computers and network devices “owned” by the IT department.

The “things” might also include everything from physical security IP cameras and networked badge readers to HVAC systems and mobile devices.

Given the mammoth nature of this change, we decided to work with our corporate sibling, Tripwire, to poll IT and ICS security experts about it. We asked them:

1. How the IoT changes the dynamics between IT and OT
2. What practical tips they have for how the two groups can work together effectively

Today we present their responses and explain how they add up to news you might want to be sitting down to read –there are three ways OT and IT have to change.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Mike Peterson on July 08, 2015

3-phase voltage is often the power delivery method of choice in the world of data centers. With so much talk about voltage and power delivery, learn what makes 3-phase voltage so popular!

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Industrial IT Team on July 08, 2015

There are many factors that contribute to production uptime, but one that may not be top of mind during network design or upgrades is the importance of cabling. Research shows that the majority of industrial network failures are due to signal transmission issues, which makes selecting the right type of cable for the job critical.

If you need high-speed, high-bandwidth data solutions in demanding environments, then fiber optic cable is an excellent choice. For example, it provides high reliability at facilities with multiple buildings or outdoor production equipment, such as oil refineries and wastewater treatment plants.

Fiber optic cable is also great whenever you need a lightweight cable that is immune to electrical noise and is not a spark hazard. Let’s take a look at the advantages of fiber optic cable in more detail.

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