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Posted by: on January 29, 2015

When evaluating an access control system for data center cabinets, make sure that the system is flexible to meet your specific environment. For example, in a pod-based data centers where rows or groups of cabinets are segregated by function, you might want to require access for a group of cabinets rather than at individual cabinets. You might also want to support separate front and rear cabinet door access as different teams might be responsible for accessing the front and rear of equipment.

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Tags: Data Center, Security, Cabinet Access Control

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Posted by: Michelle Foster on January 29, 2015

Name: Vinod Rana
Title: Product Manager Backbone and Security
How long have you been with Belden?: 4+ years
Platform: Industrial IT
Brand(s): Hirschmann
Products Managed: MSP, MS Family, MACH4000, Eagle

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on January 28, 2015

When it comes to industrial networking today, many factories and process control facilities around the world are focused on upgrading to managed Ethernet networks. With the long, useful life of industrial devices, there is plenty of old equipment using legacy industrial protocols in active service.

Even given this reality, it is instructive to step away from current challenges and look ahead to the Factory of the Future. What will industrial production look like 5-20 years from now? What do I need to understand about where factories are going to guide my decisions today?

This article is the first in a series of articles on the Smart Factory that aim to advise you about where factory production and automation are going. It applies not only to discrete manufacturing, but also to automation in the process, energy and transportation industries.

Let’s take a look at what the Smart Factory is and what characterizes its communication systems.

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Michael Salvador on January 22, 2015

In last month’s blog on SDx, I introduced the buzzword “bi-modal IT” that has been getting a lot of attention in the industry—especially following the latest research by Gartner, which states that 45% of CIOs have already gone bi-modal and 75% are expected to go bi-modal by 2017.

To recap, a bi-modal IT approach is the coexistence of traditional and modern IT practices within the same entity where some applications remain in a traditional environment due to security or reliability issues while other less critical “fail fast” applications operate within a more digital, agile model that supports fast delivery and prototyping of new technologies.

Let’s take a closer look at bi-modal IT from an organizational perspective.

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Eric Byres on January 21, 2015

This blog is the last one from me as a member of the company that manufactures and sells Tofino Security products. Joann Byres (Tofino co-founder and Belden Vice President) and I are retiring from the Tofino Security group at Belden effective January 30, 2015.

As we reflect back on almost a decade and half in the industrial security business, we remember the wild ride it has been to create and grow both a SCADA security business and the industry as a whole.

We’re glad that some of our core beliefs have gained widespread acceptance. This includes the principle of “security simplicity” and the necessity of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) for industrial protocols.

Stepping away from industrial security is going to be a big change. We’re ready for the change, but first let’s take a look back …

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Steve Lampen on January 20, 2015

Well, another year is over. During that year I wrote 29 blogs. Did you miss any? Were there some you meant to act on, but other things got in the way? Or maybe you meant to send me an email and yell at me about something I wrote (I love those emails). Here's the list of all my blogs from 2014. Each one is a link. Just click on it to go to that blog. And, of course, you can always send a comment in the form at the bottom or send me an email directly (steve.lampen@belden.com). And if you have an idea for something else I should write about, I love those emails too!

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Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Michael Salvador on January 15, 2015

The need to optimize airflow in the data center is becoming increasingly important as heat load densities continue to rise above beyond the average 6 to 7 kW per rack.

While best practices like reducing cable congestion, using a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration or deploying a containment strategy are ideal ways to help manage passive airflow, cabinet doors play a key role.

And when it comes to choosing a cabinet, it’s important to look at all the features of the door.

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on January 14, 2015

In order to enhance the reliability and availability of data communication in hazardous operations areas, many are shifting to industrial Ethernet-based network designs.

You may think that Ethernet devices are suitable for control room use only. New technology, however, now enables network managers to place them in operations areas, even those under vibration strain or excessive heat.

In this blog, we will look at four key considerations when selecting networking products for an operations area: installation needs, industry approvals, environmental conditions and timing. A downloadable Application Note is also available, which details how this approach was applied to Belden’s recent work with a major European ship engine producer.

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