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DCIM—What a Difference a Year Makes!


iTRACSAfter CommScope’s acquisition of
iTRACS® a year ago, I wrote a blog comparing Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) to the autopilot feature in an airplane. Recently, some people have asked me if I feel the same way now that CommScope has spent the past year working in the DCIM space. Overall, not much has changed regarding our definition of DCIM since entering the market but I feel that the iTRACS open framework platform, along with the ourDCIM™ developer community, offers customers a unique and compelling approach to the challenge of data center mangement. Our emphasis on an open, scalable platform that can easily integrate with other systems is also helping to advance wide-spread DCIM adoption.

The Many Choices of Industry Standards

Dave Tanis
Posted by Dave Tanis on April 17, 2014

The Many Choices of Industry StandardsMost industries are governed by standards that outline such things as materials, designs and protocols. Standards are put in place to make things “easier” for the industry.  When asked about the proliferation of standards in the computer industry, Andrew S. Tanenbaum  is credited with saying, “The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.”

A similar level of complexity and frustration may be felt by some in the cabling industry given the numerous applications standards, regional cabling standards and unofficial guidelines such as multi-source agreements that all influence how cabling systems are designed and used.

 


Surviving the Data Tsunami Indoors

As the leader in distributed antenna systems (DAS), CommScope has visibility into what’s going on in all areas of the wireless RF path, especially indoors. Sharing our view on in-building wireless is what we try to accomplish in the Wrestling with the Data Tsunami Indoors” infographic that I blogged about recently. That infographic generated some interest from RCR Wireless, who recorded a 20-minute video interview with me where we dug a little deeper into the details.

   


Modern Fence Wars

Texas Fence WarsThe great state of Texas is where I make my home. It is a big state and the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” It is a place with a colorful and sometimes controversial history. The open range land stretching to the horizon was once big enough for farmers, ranchers and hunters to coexist without encroaching on each other. By the late 1800s however, good pasture and water had become scarce, coveted resources. That, and the invention of barbed wire, contributed to the heated and often violent battles known as the Fence Wars. The legendary Texas Rangers were called upon to settle the dust.

Deploying 4G in India: How to optimize your network?

India 4G networksThis post originally appeared on the TeleTalk blog on ETTelecom.com.
 

The outlook for data growth in India is extremely positive. Mobile data consumption is already exploding and is set to continue to accelerate. According to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, by 2017, India's mobile data traffic is expected to reach 900 petabytes per month, up from 15 petabytes per month in 2012. This growth will be primarily driven by video according to a report by Deloitte, in the next two to three years, video will drive 50 percent 60 percent of all the mobile data consumption in India. The burgeoning smartphone adoption (166 percent increase in the second quarter of 2013) and the growing number of mobile internet users (expected to have reached 130 million by the end of 2013) will only further drive the demand. This is where 4G will have its play in India.

Some telecom operators are already in full swing with the deployment of the infrastructure for 4G networks across the country. Other operators that recently acquired additional spectrum during the auctions are also planning to launch their 4G services soon.


Is Sector Sculpting the Answer for Wireless Capacity?

Six Sector Sector Splitting Twin Beam AntennasThis blog post is adapted from an article I wrote that was recently published in Voice & Data.

Wireless networks today are facing a massive capacity crunch. With a data hungry mobile society and its love for bandwidth-hungry applications, networks are constantly under pressure and struggling to keep pace, especially in LTE environments.

An effective way to solve the capacity problem is through sector sculpting. It is an ingenious approach to antenna pattern shaping that enables operators to carve out more capacity, improve coverage and limit interference.

Sector sculpting deals with all these issues and boosts network performance by controlling interference between sectors. It also helps in increasing the number of accessible subscriber channels.


A “Gain” in Microwave Capacity

Sentinel antennaMy colleague recently posted a good blog article previewing some of the course content from the CommScope Infrastructure Academy class titled “Microwave Radio Antenna Link Fundamentals.” Jim Syme presented the concepts of antenna directivity and gain in microwave systems, explaining how these characteristics compensate for the inherent losses within a microwave link. I’d like to expand these topics a bit to talk about how they influence microwave antenna size.

In general, antenna directivity and gain refer to the values associated with the boresight of an antenna. The boresight is the axis of symmetry of the antenna, which defines its maximum performance values. Gain is a measured value but directivity is computed. As such, gain is always less than directivity, reflecting the real-world measurement instead of a theoretical value.


How to Field Test for PIM

RCR Wireless PIMIn just a few short years, passive intermodulation (PIM) has gone from a vaguely understood but accepted nuisance to a major concern that wireless service providers seek to manage and minimize. PIM’s rise in importance coincides with the increasing complexity of today’s wireless networks, including the use of higher orders of modulation and more frequency bands. As wireless service providers add the most recent 4G/long-term evolution (LTE) capabilities to their networks, the incidence and effects of PIM on performance and profitability are on the rise.

CommScope CEO Looks Back, Ahead in Annual Report

Rick Aspan_1
Posted by Rick Aspan on March 31, 2014

AnnualRpt_ImageImagine bumping into someone you haven’t seen in a few years.  Inevitably, one of you says to the other, “So how have you been?  What’s new with you?”  Rather than exchange hours of minutia, usually quick pleasantries are exchanged and off you go.

Similarly, a company that has been away from the public financial markets has that challenge—how do you efficiently re-introduce yourself to investors and bring them up to speed on what you’ve done since going private?  If you are CommScope, your 2013 annual report serves that purpose quite nicely.

As you may recall, CommScope became a publicly-traded company again in October 2013 following its initial public offering, nearly three years after it went private when acquired by The Carlyle Group in early 2011.  CommScope’s newly issued 2013 Annual Report, titled “The CommScope Advantage,” is the company’s first in four years and available for viewing here in its entirety, complete with Form 10-K.


The Time is Right for Category 6A in the Building

Jason Reasor_1
Posted by Jason Reasor on March 27, 2014

The Time is RightRecently, Crehan Research released reports predicting that 10GBASE-T ports will see a 10-fold increase by 2017. We’ve all seen similar things before, but to this point we haven’t seen these predictions always come to fruition. So what might make things different this time?

Until now, the real value proposition for 10GBASE-T has been in the data center where bandwidth requirements can create the need for a Category 6A cabling infrastructure. The building, however, has been a different story. For the most part, Category 6 has been sufficient to meet the needs of cabling to the desk as well as other building connectivity. Category 6A as a future-proofing solution has been a good strategy for some, but others have been leery to move this way until applications require it. If applications are what we’ve been waiting on, we’ve finally reached the tipping point for 6A in the building. 


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