The inherent flexibility of structured cabling - the ability to move users within the system, or add new users to it easily and cost-effectively - is both a key benefit and a management challenge. Keeping cabling documentation up to date is a headache many network managers could do without. Now, new intelligent patching systems are appearing on the market which monitor networks in real time, bringing significant management advantages and cost benefits.
Every element of a Physical Layer One Network infrastructure goes through a lifecycle from planning, design, installation, maintenance and ultimately, retirement. The concept of ‘Lifecycle Management’ ‘ is not new to the world of IT but it is a new concept to apply ‘Advanced Physcial Layer Lifecycle Management’ (APLLM) principals to structured cabling. Cabling infrastructure is all too often considered a necessary evil, a burden on pathways and spaces, a limiting factor in implementing change, and according to some industry experts a not so infrequent source of network outages. Along with power, cooling and weight, cabling infrastructure was also recently classified as one of the four biggest challenges facing data centres today by Ron Hughes of the California Data Center Design Group.
IT security is a well documented and widely discussed issue, but despite the many technologies available, security breaches are still a major issue for all types of organizations. Security is a business problem not just an IT problem and it is not getting any easier. This wide and complex area includes the threat to sensitive information, business systems and hardware.
The Physical Layer, Layer 1 of the OSI model, is fundamental to the existence of any business yet ironically still often the most overlooked aspect when it comes to identifying crucial cost savings opportunities and improved efficiency targets. As both private and public organisations face flat budgets or even budget cuts within IT we are seeing more back to basics approaches to try and squeeze more out of existing infrastructures. This article discusses how advanced Physical Layer technology can work towards identifying and resolving these critical aspects within an organisation.
It is a widely accepted statistic that 70% of LAN failure is attributed to cabling**. This does not mean organizations are purchasing faulty systems, on the contrary, modern cabling is a stable system which seldom fails and is backed in most cases by comprehensive long term 25 year warranties. Network failures attributed to cabling are effectively management failings in the form of poor control and documentation practices that must be addressed.
The working environment has seen quite a transformation over recent years. Where once typewriters and telex machines formed the hub of the office, servers, email and Wi-Fi now take precedence. Today, even the fax machine is considered antiquated. But while the office space of the future will be shaped inevitably by technological advances, it will also be influenced by social factors.
Installation of a cabling system in healthcare facilities involves consideration of many factors. The healthcare field provides one of the most demanding environments for a structured cabling system. Facilities are designed to operate for 50 years or longer. Adoption of 10GBase-T Ethernet is rapidly increasing and is expected to be the standard for the foreseeable future in healthcare facilities.
This article discusses the best solution for the modern day healthcare facilty.
The need to deliver more user-friendly cabling networks has led to a change in the infrastructure model for structured cabling systems. This white paper examines some of the issues involved with the new architecture and provides guidance on design and testing of such systems to facilitate successful implementation.
With most of the new technologies that continue to flood the world today, there is a myriad of accompanying “best practices” that also emerge. Not surprisingly, managing all of the change wrought from new technologies is a tremendous task. New cabling media, wireless media, factory-built cabling systems and changing standards are placing an enormous amount of stress on designers, installers and end users. This stress comes in the form of new challenges.
This article looks at the effects of water ingress on data cables and how different cables may be affected by flooding. It discusses the issues that the IT manager and cabling installer should be aware of regarding the possibility of flooding of the cabling system and what measures can be taken to prevent damage.
In December 2009 Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum was officially re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen following a £61 million redevelopment program to double its display area and create 39 new galleries, an education centre, art conservation studios and Oxford’s first rooftop restaurant.
World Expositions have long been established as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as important platforms for exchanging innovative ideas and showcasing future trends. The 2010 Shanghai Exposition is the first registered World Exposition in a developing country and utilises advanced technologies from Molex to support the iconic event.
SRC Infonet, a leading Slovenian company in the field of healthcare and pharmacy system offering solutions that support the work of experts in the majority of Slovenian hospital install the first MIIM™ system in their on-site Data Centre.
Unicom Tower, the headquarters office of China Unicom Shanghai Branch, and Molex designed a Category 6 , Optical Fiber Cabling Solution and flexible PDS solution comprised of five subsystems.
Sutter Health has installed one of the first 50micron 10 Gigabit fiber optic cable installations in its new IT headquarters.
Molex Premise Networks’ PowerCat™ copper and Lightband™ fiber product ranges installed in The Department of Emergency Services’ new Data Center.
Cal IT chooses Molex Premise Networks system solution, which includes singlemode and multimode fiber optic backbone, plug-and-play fiber cassette termination and Category 6 cable for the horizontal.
Worcestershire Hospital selected a Molex Premise Networks shielded Category 5e computer cabling system consisting of five km of fiber optic cable and 300km of copper and a total of 4,800 points.
Established in 1951, Shangdong Provincial Agriculture bank rapidly became one of the biggest regional banks in China. Due to the quick development and growth of the bank, data security and stability became a key challenge. Therefore, a new offsite data center was established, with a Molex solution specified to support it.