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Posted by: on July 22, 2016

Whether you’re installing a brand new cabling system or attempting to troubleshoot a problem with existing cabling, testing plays an important role in verifying overall cable performance. Learn what guidelines ANSI/TIA-568.0-D, ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and ANSI/TIA-1152 provide when testing new and existing cable systems, as well as how often cable test equipment must be calibrated in this blog article!

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Tags: Copper Cabling

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Posted by: on July 21, 2016

What’s your definition of a “partnership”? For data center managers, is a “partner” a manufacturer that keeps product in stock and readily available for data center deployment? Does a partner deliver products on time? Does a partner give you access to “discounted” products?

Sure, data center deployment partners should absolutely do these things. But these things don’t add real value beyond what any other manufacturer can do; every manufacturer should already be keeping products in stock and readily available to best serve you. Any vendor can sell products at a lower cost. But, in our opinion, true partners don’t buy your business – they earn it.

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Tags: Data Center

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Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on July 20, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the way manufacturing is done by connecting more smart devices and sharing the information they produce to improve existing business models and enable new ones.

Underlying this transformation is the network of physical objects – sensors, actuators, machines, controllers – which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity for collecting and exchanging data. And, just as the technology is changing, so are the processes for using it.

For example, there is a growing expectation that an industrial networking or automation product can be simply connected and turned on - and it will work. This concept is called “plug-and-produce.”

Let’s examine why it’s important.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 15, 2016

LAN connections are on the move. Where they once resided in the walls of our buildings, they’re now relocating to the ceiling. With cabling and wiring located horizontally overhead, devices can connect to it there vs. at a LAN connection point on the wall.

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Tags: LAN

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 14, 2016

Although they offer several opportunities to save money, time and floor space, 2-post racks do present one major drawback: How do you secure an open rack where equipment is exposed? When devices, cable and gear are visible in these types of racks, access is tempting – and pretty easy. For this reason, 2-post racks are most often used in applications without high security requirements.

The most common way to secure network equipment in a 2-post rack is by installing a brace on the hardware – and then bolting the brace to the two posts. But there’s another way to secure the equipment inside a 2-post rack: Belden SecurePatch.

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Tags: physical security, Data Center

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Blog Category: Industrial Security

Posted by: Heather MacKenzie on July 13, 2016

As 2016 opened, news coverage of the cyberattack that led to the Ukraine power outage was prominent. It was a high-profile example of a cyberattack disrupting a control system, resulting in loss of power for thousands of people.

Whether or not this incident was a hot topic in your operational and management meetings, cyber security is a high priority for most industrial organizations.

The good news is there is an easy way for you to improve your ICS security knowledge and competency. That way is to attend our upcoming Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure (IEI) Design Seminar, being held Oct. 10-13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Read on to find out more about our ICS cyber security training and how you will benefit from it – plus learn some excellent tips for getting approval from your boss to attend it.

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 08, 2016

As you prepare your LAN to accommodate the demands of the IoT and PoE, consider scenarios where taking the "Direct-Connect" approach might make sense. Also known as a home-run or end-to-end connection, learn the benefits of this method, how to test direct connections and how to use a direct-connect method in combination with grid cabling - all discussed in this blog article!

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Tags: LAN, PoE, IoT

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Blog Category: Enterprise Networking

Posted by: on July 07, 2016

Sophisticated software tools can detect, alert and respond to outside threats, improving network security. But in the never-ending race to keep your network secure, it’s easy to overlook physical security. Protecting physical connections plays an important role in securing your infrastructure – and guarding the increasing amount of sensitive data being exchanged over today’s networks.

Physically discrete fiber connection systems are emerging, adding another physical layer of security that safeguards data...

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Tags: Fiber, physical security, Security

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