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Top Five Reasons to Build Intelligence into Your Data Center

Dave Tanis
Posted by Dave Tanis on September 19, 2014

Top5DataCenterIn today’s data centers, many key technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing have greatly improved efficiency and asset utilization; however, they come with a much higher level of network complexity.

It is time to implement intelligent connectivity systems − based on the AIM standards − in the data center to help manage this complexity and ensure that the physical layer is fully-documented and can automatically report all changes.

Time for 10G EPONs to Shine

Tom Anderson
Posted by Tom Anderson on September 18, 2014

Spotlight_imageCommScope takes another step (maybe it is closer to a leap) forward with the availability of its 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) solution set enabling network operators, whether they are operating public or private networks, to deliver bandwidth to users well above legacy EPON or GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) rates.

You might be asking yourself, “So what? Why would anyone need a 10G PON solution?” It is true that people hardly ever need anything that comes close to 1G, much less 10G. So, why do they need 10G?

First, while most consumers may not “need” 10G for standard Internet usage, commercial services and business users may require it. There are users that legitimately need services faster than 1G. A 10G EPON solution enables service to those with the benefits of PON technology. 

Let’s Talk Green Energy: Q&A with SCTE’s Derek DiGiacomo

Mark Alrutz_Blog
Posted by Mark Alrutz on September 17, 2014

SCTE_Energy_20_20If you think energy reduction, conservation or “green” energy is a fad, think again. Reducing everyone’s carbon footprint is at the forefront of every industry conversation, even in the cable industry.

Back in June, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced a multi-year campaign to provide cable operators with new standards, technology innovation and training aimed at reducing power consumption 20 percent on a unit basis. In addition to reducing power consumption, the Energy 2020 campaign aims to:

  • Reduce energy cost by 25 percent on a unit basis
  • Reduce grid dependency by 10 percent
  • Optimize the footprints of technical facilities and datacenters by 20 percent
  • Establish vendor partnerships that will impact hardware development

CommScope understands how important it is for cable operators to deploy the right solutions to reduce their energy consumption from both a CapEx and OpEx standpoint. We are a supporter of the SCTE’s Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI) program and additional educational programs.

Getting on board with wireless

Posted by Samuel Buttarelli on September 16, 2014

In-Train_DASIn July, it was revealed that the UK government would invest millions of pounds on mobile broadband on trains for passengers, with a new service that could be made available within the next three to four years and improving connectivity by 10 times. The upgrade will stop passenger’s connectivity being “constantly disrupted by poor signal,” as has been reported. The investment will mean trains will be upgraded to better pick up mobile signals that are then distributed via Wi-Fi within the trains. 

In some countries, such as Sweden, in-train connectivity has already been upgraded enabling commuting experiences with seamless coverage.  One country that has taken the lead in developing wireless access on its rail networks is Switzerland. InTrainCom, the consortium made by the Swiss mobile operators, has been focused on driving significant investment in broadband train connectivity in partnership with the national rail provider. Switzerland was one of the first countries to deploy wireless services on board trains, which has, in turn, driven the appetite and usage figures of wireless connections.

Sustainability by Numbers—and Images

Rick Aspan_1
Posted by Rick Aspan on September 15, 2014

sustainabilityinfographicshortHave you read the newly-issued 2013 CommScope Sustainability Report?  Can’t blame you—it’s been a busy week, time is fleeting and, well, you’ve had higher priorities.

I’m here to help!  Check out this infographic, which summarizes key information contained in the 28-page report in an easy-to-read format.  But don’t stop there.  Check out the complete 2013 report, titled “Investing in Our Future,” which provides a detailed look at CommScope’s efforts and progress to help make the world a better place today and, more importantly, in the future.  It tackles the questions of our future by capturing the essence of our long-term commitment to: 

Strengthening DCIM in the Data Center

Posted by Blake Van Scoy on September 10, 2014

stregtheningDCIMIt’s 4 a.m.; do you know where your servers are? Seems like a funny question to ask, but in today’s large and complex data centers and IT facilities, it’s a valid one. Many servers run for years without being touched by human hands. With the ever-changing work force, it’s not uncommon for a new IT manager to not know where some servers are physically located. 

Some organizations provision server names with location information and many use spreadsheets, but how can you be certain that information is up to date? Did the facility change names during a merger or acquisition? Did the machine get moved due to a rack-and-stack operation? All these things happen every day and it’s easier than you think to lose track of the physical asset and its associated cabling or patching.


DAS as a Prelude to the Future of Networking

Morgan Kurk
Posted by Morgan Kurk on September 9, 2014

ION-E enterprise wireless--compressedSince the first Distributed Antenna System (DAS) went into operation over 30 years ago, its name has remained the same, but seemingly little else with DAS has.

In its infancy and throughout childhood, DAS was a method to provide coverage in areas where there was none. This need bore two fruit: the active and the passive DAS. Both were fairly static, and while they improved coverage, did little for alleviating increased network capacity demands.

DAS has now come of age. Its features and functions have long since moved from a coverage enhancer to a capacity reliever. True to its name, DAS still distributes signals from one location to another, but this is where the future breaks from the past. Systems today are dynamic, with various matrices that facilitate the movement of capacity from one location to the next. As a capacity play, DAS does things that pico cells simply cannot. DAS can simultaneously make available all spectrum for use, rather than one or two RF channels inside 20 MHz. Moreover, how that spectrum is used is completely user defined. 

How Are We Investing in the Earth’s and Our Children’s Future?

Rick Aspan_1
Posted by Rick Aspan on September 8, 2014

CorpResponsibilityMost folks would love the ability to peer into the future and accurately predict the outcome of events far down the road.  Unless you’ve got some hidden superpowers, this isn’t happening.  Your crystal ball is as cloudy as mine.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have questions about tomorrow and beyond.  In fact, at CommScope, we ask ourselves key business questions every day so that we can become a better company.  One major area of our focus—and future questions—is Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.  What will the future say about CommScope?  What legacy will we leave to our children? 

How to Ensure Optimal Performance of Data Center Applications

Frank Yang
Posted by Frank Yang on September 3, 2014

DataCenterPerformanceToday’s data centers are evolving at an unprecedented pace thanks to technologies such as virtualization, various types of cloud computing and software-defined networking. These technologies bring tremendous value to customers but they also compound complexity. In this increasingly complicated data center environment, you may be wondering if applications are performing as they should. When a problem occurs, such as sluggish storage response, you certainly want to shorten the troubleshooting time and, whenever possible, prevent problems from happening. So the real challenge becomes how to help monitor your data center application performance and improve data center productivity.


The Problems with Overweight Cell Towers

Philip Sorrells 2
Posted by Philip Sorrells on September 2, 2014

Tower_WeightWhy is it important to focus on weight and wind load for a wireless tower? Four key reasons:

  • Performance
  • Revenue
  • Expenses
  • Safety

When you think about it, it’s easy to see how weight and wind can impact the performance of a wireless system on a tower. Improperly designed, configured or installed equipment on a tower—or even choosing the wrong mount—can cause mis-alignments and even total failure. Drawing a direct line from those kinds of impacts to revenue is easy.

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