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Is Designing a Data Center as Painful as Building the Great Wall of China?

Posted by Laura Chen on May 31, 2017

Data_Center_NetworkOne popular myth about space exploration is that the Great Wall of China is the only human-built structure that can be seen from space. But of course, this is impossible with the naked eye. The myth probably stems from the long and vivid history of building the numerous walls and fortifications, which took millennia to complete. Nearly 400,000 people died during the wall's construction which began in 221 B.C., and many of them were buried within the wall itself, according to the History channel.  

Designing and building data centers may initially appear as daunting as building the Great Wall of China.  But rest assured, history doesn’t always have to repeat itself. 

Google Home and IoT for Beginners

Posted by Melissa Strait on May 30, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT)—which I think of as how smart devices talk to each other—is all the buzz. My Google Home device talks to my Pandora stations well enough, but if I ask it to play ‘music’ instead of ‘radio,’ it just can’t connect the dots. If it’s too noisy in the room, my soft voice can get lost in the confusion. My husband’s booming voice is easily recognized. Even with those struggles, a busy mom like myself loves the convenience it offers.

What Our Partners Have To Say About High Speed Migration

Posted by Joseph P. Depa III on May 26, 2017

If you know the movie “ Top Gun”, then you should be familiar with, “I feel the need…the need for speed!”  

It’s one of the signature lines from that movie. Speed is important to pilots and data center managers. With the announcement last week introducing our High Speed Migration platform, CommScope assists data center managers with building faster, more agile, high-density migration plans. Simply put, speed is important to the network in so many ways.  

Data center managers need to quickly grow their data centers’ capacity and CommScope’s platform provides a long-term strategy for supporting higher speeds and emerging applications.  

But don’t take our word for it. Listen to what some members of our PartnerPRO™ Network said about what High Speed Migration means to them and the importance of speed.



Ready for Action: CommScope Wireless Cables Meet CPR Standards

Posted by Mike Schaefer on May 24, 2017

CPR-wireless-cropTo help promote consumer safety, European regulators have created a set of common standards for fire retardancy in construction materials. As Koen ter Linde described in his recent blog post, “The Cabling Industry Invests In People’s Safety,” the EU standards for fire safety are found in the Construction Product Regulation (CPR).

I am proud to report that CommScope’s HELIAX and CNT fire retardant cables are already CPR compliant. CommScope has been printing the appropriate CPR markings on our HELIAX and CNT cable jackets since May 1st.


Is your fiber infrastructure ready for 100 GbE?

Posted by Frank Yang on May 23, 2017

What a difference a year makes. In 2016, I blogged about the 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology and the myriad of transceiver options that were available at the time. Fast forward to just a few weeks ago, and an impressive array of 100GbE gear made their way to the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit 2017. The products on display included high port density switches/routers, single and dual-port Network Interface Cards (NICs) and a wide variety of optical transceivers. 


Understand the Passive Infrastructure That Underpins Your Network

Posted by James Donovan on May 22, 2017

CIA_Passive_Infrastructure_EbookBy 2020, experts predict that between 20 and 30 billion devices will connect to networks thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). For anyone who works with passive network infrastructure (i.e., cables, connectors, antennas, panels, shelves or frames), this is huge news because it presents substantial opportunities for career growth, knowledge acquisition, and training.

What is Passive Infrastructure?

Passive infrastructure can also be called transmission media or physical layer. Whatever term you use, how data gets from A to B relies on the infrastructure technology used; whether it’s in an: 

  • Office building
  • Multi-dwelling unit (MDU) or single family unit (SFU)
  • Stadium, arena, or campus
  • Central office, head-end or data center
  • The many types of wired or wireless outside plant (OSP) networks

Where is Fiber Growth Expected and Why?

Posted by Dieter Verdegem on May 19, 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.

We all know the benefits of deploying fiber deeper into networks. In many applications, innovative fiber solutions are designed to maximize value across three factors: speed, simplicity, and savings

One way service providers can achieve the above is by leveraging their existing FTTH networks to also provide other services, such as wireless backhaul, small cell connections, and smart city edge devices. It goes without saying that such multi-service converged fiber network allows for faster, simpler and more cost-effective roll-outs, while at the same time minimizing disruption for citizens as result of civil works. 

In this vlog, I provide insight into where we expect to see an increase in fiber applications in such converged fiber network environment.


One Cabinet, 5,000 Configurations

Posted by Vincent Garnier on May 18, 2017

Migration PathI was recently in a meeting with colleagues when we started reviewing schedules. Someone said they’d be “out of pocket” for a few days and immediately received a look of pity from my co-worker in China. What was meant as “unavailable” became “broke.” She was ready to hand over a wad of cash! We got a laugh out of it, but it taught us all a lesson that every-day sayings and phrases can have very different cultural meanings.

Now imagine you’re a growing global multiple-system operator (MSO), rapidly expanding your subscriber base in additional countries. The network architectures and even standards practices vary drastically around the globe. How would this organization be efficient, yet comply with all the different regulations?

5G Millimeter Wave = 1 Gigabit x 20

Posted by Kevin Linehan on May 17, 2017

This post summarizes some of the content from the author’s “Usage of Millimeter Wave Frequencies for 5G Systems” presentation during the Antenna Evolution Focus Day at 5G North America in Austin, Texas.

The 4G throughput target of 1 Gbps is now being approached through the use of carrier aggregation and MIMO antenna technologies. For 5G, the new target is 10 or 20 times greater. To reach a throughput speed of 20 Gbps, larger channel bandwidths are required, and this means using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the extremely high frequency range above 6 GHz. In the US, the FCC is making mmWave spectrum available at 28 GHz and 39 GHz. At these higher frequencies, operators could see 400 MHz, 800 MHz, or up to 1 GHz of additional bandwidth for their networks. For comparison, the typical operator today has just over a 100 MHz of aggregate channel bandwidth in their network.

What Does High Speed Migration Mean to You?

Posted by Kenneth Hall on May 16, 2017

Twitter_Chat_HSMIt’s a big day for us at CommScope. We’re launching our High Speed Migration platform. Yes, there are new solutions. Yes, there are improvements on other solutions. Yes, we’re making a big deal out of it. But here’s the thing: we HAVE to. Because evolving networks won’t wait. Efficient speed is everything! 

What does High Speed Migration mean to us? It means working with our customers to ensure their networks are ready for 100Gb. 400 Gb. 1 Tb. It may be hard to imagine right now, but studies say it’ll be here in another five years.

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