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CommScope Definitions: What is Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)?

William Bloomstein
Posted by William Bloomstein on April 24, 2015

DCIM101This blog post is part of a new series called CommScope Definitions, in which common communications network and data center industry terms are explained.

The time span between the emergence of new generations of technology is growing shorter and this phenomenon is especially apparent within the data center. Most data centers started as connectivity technology housed in wiring closets, then quickly started requiring entire floors. Today, many data centers are in their own buildings comprised of hundreds of thousands of square feet housing hundreds of millions of dollars in IT and facilities investments.  

The Cost of Noise and the Value of Silence

Posted by Erik Lilieholm on April 23, 2015

Cabin-in-the-woodsHidden in the woods, miles away from city lights and busy highways, there is a 100-year old cottage to which I return every year. As night falls and the wind dies, the absence of noise – both acoustic and optical – becomes very noticeable. Or rather, I notice what I can then hear and see, like a faint creak in the timbers, an owl hooting in the distance and a million stars against the blackness of space. I highly value this experience which no money can buy in the urban environment I otherwise inhabit.

The above illustrates the importance of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). How well we perceive is not determined just by absolute loudness or brightness but more importantly by the contrast of an object or signal against its surrounding environment. In a radio receiver when noise levels rise, weaker signals cannot be reliably received and eventually become undetectable. Merely amplifying does not help at this point because the levels of signal and noise are equally raised and SNR does not improve.

This Product Bulletin is for You

Crystal Thomas
Posted by Crystal Thomas on April 22, 2015

New_Arrivals_imageThe Internet has certainly changed the way we shop and conduct research. In the past, when you wanted to buy a car, you had to go to several dealerships to test drive a few cars and collect all the product information. Nowadays, shoppers do most of their research online.

They research the types of cars, compare prices, review safety records and other benefits, all before they go to the dealership. Customers have educated themselves about the car before they even speak to a salesperson.

CommScope continues to update its website about the solutions we manufacture for the enterprise and wireless industries. We want to provide you with the most accurate information on those solutions.

A Small Solution to a Big PIM Problem

Posted by Mike Schaefer on April 21, 2015

What’s the big deal in passive intermodulation (PIM)? PIM robs a network of the speed, efficiency and coverage needed to keep up with today’s wireless device users.  Think about this—a one decibel (dB) degradation in uplink sensitivity equates to around 11 percent reduction in coverage!  A poorly performing connector, for instance, can easily contribute much more than 1dB of PIM interference, and cause a hefty hit on network coverage.  

Enter CommScope’s new 4.3-10 small connector series.  The 4.3-10 connector interface certainly is smaller than the globally dominant 7-16 connectors used across the wireless space, but we’ve done small before.  Type N connectors are small.  The 4.1-9.5 connectors are small.  So why do we need another interface?

Due to their rock-solid PIM performance and, yes, their small profile, 4.3-10 series interfaces are being adopted by a number of the biggest operators, and are being seriously considered by many more.

The Future is Here−Chances Are Your Building’s Cabling Isn’t Ready

Jason Reasor_1
Posted by Jason Reasor on April 20, 2015
FutureBuildingsThe future is finally upon us. For the past several years, industry pundits have predicted that bandwidth needs in the building will exceed 1 Gigabit (G), and that infrastructure decision makers would need to be ready to support this requirement. To properly prepare for this reality, CommScope has long recommended Category 6A for new installations. Since Category 6A enables 10G speeds up to 100 meters, it is a prudent way to prepare for future bandwidth needs.

The Latest Ethernet Standards – 40 Years in the Making

Dave Tanis
Posted by Dave Tanis on April 17, 2015

EthernetStandardsLoThe last couple of years saw Ethernet celebrate its 40th birthday, with a lot of reminiscing about the early days and Bob Metcalfe’slegendary Ethernet drawing that got it all started.

At the recent 2015 Optical Fiber Communications and Conference Exposition (OFC), the Ethernet Alliance presented its 2015 Ethernet Roadmap, which reviewed the Ethernet standards activities to date. More importantly, the roadmap looked to the future – where speeds of 1 terabit per second and beyond are forecasted.  

The Importance of Accurate Tower Equipment Data

Posted by Donald Gardner on April 16, 2015

Product-SpecificationsThe relentless growth in demand for wireless data services means that mobile networks are getting ever denser. Network operators are deploying cell sites of all sizes and putting more equipment on existing sites to meet the demand. The cost of acquiring and building a new site is considered only when all other options have been exhausted. Companies operating and leasing cell tower infrastructure want all assets operating to their full potential.

These market forces put a major responsibility on the structural engineers tasked with assessing existing towers for additional equipment. Too conservative a judgement results in lost revenue or unnecessary money spent on strengthening the tower. It is therefore essential that engineers have accurate weight and wind loading information for the tower equipment provided by manufacturers.

How to Achieve a Connected and Efficient Data Center

Jennifer Roback
Posted by Jennifer Roback on April 15, 2015

ConnectedDatacenterWhenever there is talk about data center efficiency, energy is usually the first thing that comes to mind, especially server power and cooling efficiency.  However, there is so much more to an efficient data center.

Efficiency should be thought through and achieved across the entire physical infrastructure of the data center. Some key components of the data center’s physical infrastructure are:

Tailoring Our Cabling Specs to Your Needs: Part One

Ricardo Diaz
Posted by Ricardo Diaz on April 14, 2015

Tailor_Tape_Measure_DiazIn my previous blog post, Calculate Your Fiber’s Performance, I explained how calculators and tools are a cornerstone of the support that CommScope provides to the industry; however, tools are not the only useful assets. We also make available a lot of technical documents for designers to better evaluate our products for solving their customers’ problems.

In the Enterprise arena, we have always provided cabling performance specification documents. These are greatly appreciated by customers because these assets outline what can be done (and not done) with each CommScope solution.

We all know technology changes at the speed of light. New applications are invented every year. Our research and development engineers are constantly updating our technical document library. We run the proper tests to assure our customers that our solutions will support their needs.

How to Achieve High Efficiency in Connectivity

Frank Yang
Posted by Frank Yang on April 13, 2015

ConnectivityWhen people talk about connectivity, they usually refer to bandwidth and the trend of network traffic. Bandwidth is certainly an important aspect of connectivity; however, bandwidth is not the whole story. It’s crucial to understand that efficiency is another important aspect of connectivity.

I have the honor of speaking at this year’s Ethernet Technology Summit in San Jose, Calif. The event is April 14-16 and my presentation will take place April 15 at 8 a.m. My topic, “Build a Solid Cabling Foundation for High-Speed Ethernet,” will cover what I believe are the most important aspects to achieving better efficiency in connectivity. 

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