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Used a fax machine in a while?

Posted by Craig Culwell on June 13, 2017

Convergence-circle-compRaise 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?


Fidget Spinner…Now Why Didn’t I Think of That?!

Posted by Kris Kozamchak on June 12, 2017

Fidget Spinner

If you haven’t heard, seen or played with a fidget spinner by now then you must be living on another planet.  

What’s 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.  

Amazing 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!


India’s Busy Time of Year: Are Data Centers Ready?

Posted by Ashok Srinivasan on June 11, 2017

Student_on_laptopApril 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.  

Examination

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 organizations available.  

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.


A Partner For Multi-Tenant Transitions

Posted by Rodney A. Willis on June 9, 2017

MTDC_2Ever 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 Alliance

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.


Location, Location, Location

Posted by Mark Alrutz on June 8, 2017

NG4_Access_ManWe’ve all heard the three key elements in real estate value are location, location, location. It is fascinating how similar or identical structures, built with similar materials, can vary in value based simply on where the structures are placed. And why is one location more valuable or desirable? Some factors are convenience to desired resources, ease of access, limited availability or a combination of security and stability. 

Let’s take this same concept into the central office/headend, a location that has immense value. Clearly the headend and hub provide convenience to desired resources, and have limited space availability. Additionally, the demands for services and connectivity in this costly space continue to grow. How can you best provide flexibility for growth in this space-constrained environment?


Ready to Teach and Learn in Orlando

Posted by Patrick Diepstraten on June 7, 2017

FTTH Connect 2017Our CommScope team attends FTTH Connect every year. And every year it opens our eyes to what is on the horizon for all things FTTx. I know from our perspective, we just see subscriptions continue to grow, especially when it comes to fiber. 

This year our big theme is convergence…bringing together wireless and wireline teams to better serve the communities where we live, work and play. Again, fiber is at the forefront. In fact, we’re talking about the path to 5G with fiber at the show. My colleague, Erik Gronvall, is speaking on a panel that talks about prep going into the 5G revolution. Fritz Amt is also talking fiber when it comes to rural broadband. And our booth will be chock full of our rapid fiber solutions, wall boxes, NG4 and our hardened drop cables.


National Utility Goes Broadband

Posted by James O’Meara on June 6, 2017

Utility PoleThe first step towards a solution, as they say, is recognizing there’s a problem. For one utility company in Europe, the problem was not the existing network. In fact, team members were smart enough to see a possibility for future growth by adding to that network. But the challenge was how to do it.  

This electrical utility already had a lot going for it. It had an extensive grid, rights of way, experience in outside plant deployments and a fiber backbone to lease fiber services. But FTTH, or fiber to the home, was new to the team. It wanted to build an open-access FTTH infrastructure and lease it to partners, but it had no idea who to turn to or how much it would cost.  

Obviously building FTTH on top of an electrical grid has unique challenges. The team didn’t want to disrupt service, and safety was imperative working so close to high-voltage equipment. The costs really started to add up when the team realized some of the grid maps were out of date. And the varying weather – frost one day, sun the next – didn’t help either.


IT Application Roadmaps Require New Data Center Design Approaches

Posted by Hans-Jürgen Niethammer on June 5, 2017

Data_Center_DesignTechnologies evolve so fast that it’s sometimes hard for the standards to keep pace with the latest performance and bandwidth benchmarks. It’s even harder for a data center manager to stay current with these fast-changing application standards.  

CommScope plays a big role in pushing the limits of speed and capacity, so we thought it would only be fair to share the latest data center application standards in the new white paper, titled “Data Center Applications Standards Reference Guide for Networking and Storage.”

It’s a useful roadmap that puts all the relevant standards in one place – for copper and fiber networks running applications from Ethernet to Fiber Channel to InfiniBand. A lot of these standards have been updated recently so this white paper is a worthwhile read for anyone responsible for delivering speed and capacity across applications in the data center and across the network infrastructure. 


Do Not Let Your Fiber Connectors Hurt Your Network

Posted by Joseph Coffey on June 2, 2017

This blog post is part of a new video blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

If you maintain things properly, then they will last for a long time. Let’s take a car—if you do the routine oil change and maintenance, then the chances of your car breaking down are minimal. 

Same concept applies to fiber connectors. If not taken care of, then the quality of your fiber connectors can affect your network. Like taking care of your car, you do not want engine build up obstructing your fuel line. So, in your network, you do not want optical signal degradation. The light must pass freely from one connector to another.

In this vlog, I explain why high quality connectors should have good polish and loss characteristics.

 


All Things Innovation…In One Place!

Posted by Alexy Luecke on June 1, 2017

We’re all about innovation here at CommScope. It’s one of our core values. We’re happy to compile everything inventive and unique into one neat digital package. And it’ll be coming next week at www.commscope.com/magazine. Check out my preview below! 

 

 


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