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The Road to Green Data Centers: Part 2

Posted by Victor Lopes on April 27, 2017

Data centers are under constant change. Applications, as well as the IT equipment and infrastructure that support them, are continuously evolving to better meet organizations’ business needs. Therefore, the initial design of data center becomes almost obsolete the day after the installation and commissioning is completed.

There are definitely ways to make strides. In part one of this series, we discussed benchmarking a data center’s efficiency to reduce power usage effectiveness, or PUE. This is important when building or redesigning a data center. Now it’s time to talk processing. Ask yourself: is the data center mainly used for testing, production, internal processes, networking or something else? What is the primary business supported by the data center (e.g. financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, etc.)? What level of resiliency is required to support this business? Efficiency is also greatly affected if the data center operation’s scheme includes disaster recovery. All of these questions help determine the next steps.

MoCA: Coffee or Cable?

Posted by Mark Alrutz on April 26, 2017

Man_FiberIf you have been involved with radio frequency (RF) subscriber installations or troubleshooting, you have likely come across the term MoCA, often pronounced like a popular chocolate and coffee beverage.  So what is MoCA, and how does it impact the subscriber network? 

MoCA is an acronym for Multimedia over Coax Alliance, an international consortium that develops standards for networking over coaxial cable.  Since 2004, MoCA has been working to provide high speed networking protocols and standards that enable the existing coaxial cable and passives in the subscriber premise to interconnect devices throughout the home.  One example would be using the coaxial cables in the home to provide bidirectional communication between a “master” set top box and a series of “satellite” devices.

Innovation on a paper napkin

Posted by Dennis Kan on April 24, 2017

A paper napkin can serve a lot of purposes: protecting a table from water, blotting lipstick, occasionally slipping someone your phone number. But would you believe that one of our best innovations came to be by drawing a potential design on a paper napkin?

See the story below, and click here to read about this awesome success.

How will network operators use 5G technology?

Posted by Pedro Torres on April 21, 2017

Wireless operators envision 5G will help them to serve multiple customers from a unified, flexible network. Network slicing, enabled by network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined network (SDN) technologies, is what will make this possible. Fully scalable, programmable and flexible networks are the future with 5G. Check out this video for more information.

VoLTE – Now We’re Talking

Posted by Erik Lilieholm on April 18, 2017

Bread-rye-compThis is the first post in a new blog series based on the updated  LTE Best Practices eBook, which is available for download from the CommScope website.

I love bread – all kinds of bread from dark, dense sourdough rye to cloud-in-a-crust French rolls. Part of the pleasure comes from baking at home, allowing the mouth-watering aroma of a fresh-from-the-oven loaf to fill the house. And I get to decide exactly what goes into that loaf. As with many leisure pursuits, there is a risk of becoming too absorbed by the minutiae of the process, but I have a secret that helps me focus more on the result – I use a bread machine to produce several of my favorite varieties.

Six Ways to Deploy Broadband Services: Part 2

Posted by James Donovan on April 17, 2017

Deploying Fiber_FOSCConsumers are accessing the Internet in various ways. In my previous blog, I showcased three basic broadband technologies consumers are using—DSL, satellite and wireless. Each have positives and negatives, but for some of them, it depends on location and the operator’s reach.

In this blog, I will provide you with the final three technology choices for deploying broadband services to the end customer—, DOCSIS and optical fiber.

A Fixed-Line Fiber Network is Needed in Africa

Posted by Pape Ndaw on April 14, 2017

This blog post is part of our 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.

Who hasn’t heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)? If you aren’t sure what it is, then I suggest reading my colleague, Mike Wolfe’s, terrific CommScope Definition blog explaining this technology. 

IoT continues to evolve; however, it will likely involve different network requirements based on different applications because of increased bandwidth consumption. An emerging market for mobile operators is Africa. To support the continent’s bandwidth demands, mobile networks require a fixed-line fiber network. 

In my latest vlog, I discuss how the penetration of smartphones in Africa is driving people to consume more bandwidth, requiring African operators to deploy more fiber in their networks. 

The Cabling Industry Invests In People’s Safety

Posted by Koen ter Linde on April 12, 2017

CPR_SmallWhen building or decorating our homes, we want to make sure materials such as curtains, carpet or furniture fabrics are safe.  Checking the flammability of those items is highly advisable, given that our loved ones’ safety is at stake. However, we spend our time in other places too: the office, concert halls, public buildings, schools and hospitals.  But how do we know all construction products have properly been selected?

To address this, the European regulators introduced the Construction Product Directive (CPD) to classify fire safety in 1989, which later became the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) in 2011.

The Internet of Things and Network Convergence: How Consumer Use Will Impact Networks

Posted by Jessica Epley on April 11, 2017

Network_Convergence_IoTThis blog is part of a series highlighting current events, real-world examples of network convergence, and industry trends demonstrating why consumer habits will drive more integrated and efficient networks. Consumers expect quick and seamless connections so they can access the information they need wherever and whenever they need it to accomplish the things that matter most to them; therefore, leading to the necessity of network convergence.

Many times, when people hear the term “Internet of Things (IoT),” they either have no clue what it is or immediately think of the new Amazon commercials about the dad turning on his sprinkler system to get rid of an unwanted guest or the mom accessing information about poison oak symptoms. Generally defined as connecting normal objects to the Internet to be able to send and receive data, IoT is a relatively new concept, but is becoming vastly more important to the lives of many consumers. 

While most IoT topics focus on smart devices, many consumers are more interested in how these devices can meet their specific needs—such as saving time, accessing important information and creating more efficiency in their lives. As consumers increasingly depend on IoT devices—even perhaps without realizing it—network convergence plays an imperative role in helping operators meet consumer IoT demand.

Warranties From Iced Tea to Data Center Migration

Posted by Colleen Murphy-Gomez on April 10, 2017

I bought myself a fancy iced tea maker for Christmas. Two months later, I finally got around to taking it out of the box. As I was digging through all of the paperwork and parts, I found myself throwing away the instructions and warranty information without even looking at it. After about 10 minutes, I pulled it back out of the trash, curious as to what exactly was covered by a limited one-year warranty. In general I never read or care about warranties; they always sound like they’re written by lawyers, are extremely specific, usually only cover manufacturer’s defects and take 10 calls to customer service to find out that my purchase isn’t covered.

My iced tea machine’s warranty wasn’t really any different. It guarantees that the machine works as stated, but wouldn’t it be great if it guaranteed that it also made great tea? It would be something special if there was a company that put their money where their mouth was and not only covered the bare essentials (of course I expect my purchase to work), but also guaranteed a quality performance

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