In 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
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.
CommScope 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.
If 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.
In 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.
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.
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:
It’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.
Since 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.
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.
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?
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.
Why is it important to focus on weight and wind load for a wireless tower? Four key reasons:
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.