goal is to consistently deliver an excellent user experience on
commscope.com. The web is a living thing,
and to respond to our customers’ changing needs, we constantly review user
behavior and make ongoing improvements. Our Digital Marketing and IT teams work
closely to drive these efforts.
Get a load of these
numbers from Joanna Ofiara, manager of web productivity solutions. Our website
has 85,000 parts and tens of thousands of pages and assets. That’s a lot to
Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are
two linked technologies that have the potential to boost network capacity,
improve customer service and enhance network profitability. They do this
through increased automation and efficiency, each at its own infrastructure
It’s no wonder that they’re such an
important topic among wireless operators, original equipment manufacturers,
system integrators, third-party software developers, standards bodies and open
source initiatives. There’s a lot of interest.
But as the world’s networks move to a
more virtualized, edge-based delivery model, what happens to the central
offices? The short answer is that it’s forcing the rapid development of a new
architectural approach characterized by two related trends. First, the use of
small data centers (sometimes called “pods”) in strategic edge locations; and
second, the adoption of higher-performance fiber-optic infrastructure to
connect them. The end game is a network so deeply virtualized that the
distinction between wired and wireless networks will no longer apply.
you didn’t hear the news, CommScope announced last week the formation of a Multi-Tenant Data Center (MTDC) alliance. You may ask why
is this important?
simple: the amount of data we consume daily and the continued outsourcing of data centers is
increasing the need for MTDCs. A shift has taken
place where companies are increasingly outsourcing IT needs to shared
environments such that data centers can be viewed as an operating expense.
MTDCs are a smart way to grow the
capabilities of your colocation IT infrastructure and control costs at the
same time. The formation of the MTDC Alliance
as part of the PartnerPRO™ Network is
crticial because members will be able to offer optimal network infrastructure solutions
from CommScope to
customers who need to deploy this technology in multi-tenant environments.
personal fact: when I’m not playing a network nerd at work, I love outdoor
photography. The scenic vistas where we live make for some really dramatic
shots. Early morning sunrises, fog-shrouded
I decided to treat myself to a new piece of photo equipment: a drone. Not just
any drone, but— much to my wife’s dismay—
a top of the line DJI Mavic Pro. It’s got 4k video, OcuSync transmission with
7km range, GPS and GLONASS positioning—the works! That
first Sunday morning with my new toy, I was like a kid on Christmas day. I
unpacked it, charged the battery, opened the manual and…ah, who needs a manual?
I’m a guy, I can figure this out.
as soon as it was in the air, I was out of my depth. There was a mind-numbing
array of controls: camera rotation, forward speed, in-flight connectivity,
obstacle sensors, altitude, subject tracking and more. It was far more complex
than expected. As I watched my $1,300 toy fly toward the nearest tree, I
thought, “it’s like trying to manage today’s enterprise data center.”
This blog post is part of our blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some
insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.
Can you believe how far communications has come in the past several decades? Rotary phones gave way to cordless and smart phones. Basic television (where you had to adjust the rabbit ear antenna) gave way to cable television and streaming any content you want, any time you want.
One thing that has helped with the evolution of communications has been the deployment of fiber optic cables. Fiber has turned the mobile phone into a portable computer that can not only make calls but take and share pictures, stream video and other amazing things.
In this vlog, I explain how fiber optics have changed communications and the world we live in by providing us the data we so desperately require.
It’s an accepted truth in the industry
that data center bandwidth requirements are expected to increase 25 to 35
percent per year for the foreseeable future. Ready or not, that means high
speed migration is here, and if you’re not in the middle of it now, you soon
Switch speeds are the
key. 40G ports supplying four 10G server connections are increasingly
overwhelmed, which is the main reason data centers are making the move to 25G
and 50G switches to keep up with demand.
Raise your hand if you’ve used a fax machine in the last week. Or dial-up Internet. Or a land line at home. I’m guessing you haven’t used any of these things in a long time. All of them had their moments in the sun, and all were innovations in their time. But with a networking world that is becoming more converged, change happens fast, and there’s so much yet to look forward to…
The ironic thing is that as the world becomes more wireless, the more fiber networks are needed. It becomes essential to merge wireless and fixed networks. But is your network ready? Can you keep up with demand?
you haven’t heard, seen or played with a fidget spinner by now
then you must be living on another planet.
so interesting about this phenomenon is that the origins are sketchy with
stories of it being invented for ADHD, or to entertain a child and promote
peace, or by a guy who was restless in IT meetings.
that at this point there isn’t a patent on file for this device. And because
there isn’t a patent, there are variations of the fidget spinner on the market
and even videos on how to create your own using everything from a bearing and zip ties to Legos. Imagine inventing
a toy that causes such a stir that some schools have banned them!
April to June is a
critical time for many families in India with people taking exams, getting
results, and planning a vacation. For each of these important activities, the
network is somehow involved.
First, this is the time of
the year when students across the country prepare and appear for high school
exams. These exams decide their future academic direction. The network plays a
vital role in helping students prepare through distance education, online
videos, virtual classrooms, etc., for which there are many resources and
Just to give a number perspective,
in one Indian state there were over a million students who wrote Central Board of Secondary Education papers
online. And across the country, 1.1 million students wrote entrance education papers online for the field of medicine, which
is 41 percent higher than last year.
Ever had a great coach that tried to look out for you off
the field as much -- if not more -- as on?
Someone that focused on you versus the position on the field, on the
track or on the court. It’s kind of how we think of ourselves with our new MTDC
Our Alliance – part of our exclusive PartnerPRO Network
– helps customers transition from their own enterprise to a multi-tenant data
center (MTDC). There are thousands of MTDC in the world, some of which we think
are the cream of the crop. We’re happy to have Equinix as the first partner to sign on with the Alliance.