You may have heard plenty of buzz over the past few months regarding 25 gigabit Ethernet. It’s no surprise considering that several big data center and cloud computing providers like Google, Microsoft, Broadcom, Arista and Mellanox formed the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium earlier this year.
Shorter thereafter, IEEE formed a 25G Ethernet study group. And just a couple of weeks ago, Broadcom announced the availability of a new high-density 25G Ethernet switch for cloud-scale data centers.
Why 25G? It simply makes sense from a technology, cost, scalability and flexibility perspective. Let’s take a closer look.
The drive for productivity and high-availability manufacturing means you likely don’t have the time you would like to learn new things - even if doing so would ultimately save you time. In addition, you may be relatively new to industrial Ethernet networking and the equipment that comes with it.
If this is the case, you might be surprised to learn of the capabilities in managed switches, such as the Hirschmann RSP family, that make getting a switch up and running fast and easy.
Today, I am going to walk you through how to use features built into switches to speed up their commissioning and deployment. With only the time it takes to read this article, you will be able to make switches operational much faster next time.
Last week I was in Hollywood at the SMPTE yearly shindig. I gave my ultimate paper (so far) on 4K Video over Coax. With 500 people in the room, it occurred to me as I began that I had the perfect group to find out some things. So I began by asking my audience a question. "If I could make a single coax that would run 4K video as far as you want, how many people would put that in?" I waited for a couple of seconds. Nothing happened. No hands went up. None! An article in the TV Technology website by Deborah McAdams the next day said there were hands that were 'tentatively' going up, but I couldn't see them.
Last week, we hosted an event titled The “Next” Industrial Revolution. The panel event featured our CEO, John Stroup, along with Graybar CEO, Kathy Mazzarella and the dean of the Olin Business School at Washington University, Dr. Mahendra Gupta.
Despite the growing popularity of pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies and the common practice of fiber field termination using no-epoxy, no-polish, no-crimp field-installable connectors such as Belden FiberExpress Brilliance Universal connectors, fusion splicing remains a widespread practice for connectorizing fiber in many applications.
First of all, I need to apologize. A few blogs ago, I wrote my usual piece about where I will be travelling. I suppose I should always add "the best laid plans of mice or men" because, as I also believe, "this too shall change". That is the motto I go by. So if something good is happening, you'd better enjoy it because "this too shall change". And if something bad is happening, just hunker down because "this too shall change". Since I am on a quotation kick here, "There is nothing constant except change...except from a vending machine."
If you are a controls or process engineer you will have noticed the direct involvement of IT while designing and deploying industrial Ethernet. While the networks and technologies come together easily, the language, culture and standard practices used by IT are very different. Indeed, they often pose a significant problem in a production environment.
If you are an IT professional working in a production environment you’ve probably run into a ton of resistance and anxiety from others based on perceived differences. Take heart, your skills are still valuable and may just require a few new twists and tweaks.
In today’s article I hope to bring some understanding to both sides so that you can work together to better meet your company’s common goals.