Cabling Chronicles

Trends to Watch in 10GBASE-T and the Data Center

Network engineers need to pay attention to some emerging trends in the industry. In a report published earlier this year, “Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report,’ Crehan Research Inc. predicted that the data center switch market will grow to $16 billion by 2017, and Ethernet, including Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet, will become an ever-increasing portion of the overall market.

April 11, 2014

Fluke Networks Offers New Wireless Bundle

Cabling installers and contractors who provide wireless network deployments for businesses, government organizations and other customers can expect to see a rapidly growing market over the next several years.
 
Enterprises are moving away from traditional wired networks and replacing them with Wi-Fi networks, as more users are demanding access to the Web and corporate data and applications from their wireless devices.

November 18, 2013

Prevent Errors, Limit Complexity and Reduce Cost Associated with Cable Certification

Perhaps the last thing a buyer of cable test equipment thinks about when looking for a product is how to prevent testing errors—and that’s a big mistake. While issues such as cost, standards and specifications including bandwidth and test speeds are important, decision makers should not ignore the issues of project errors and the subsequent delays they can cause.

September 24, 2013

The Importance of ETL Verification

  If you’re in the cable testing business, you should know about ETL Verification.

July 10, 2013

Free Cable Test Management Software – Reaping the Benefits of LinkWare™

Testing advanced cabling plants today is so complex that a single Category 5e test report can include more than 400 data fields. With typical jobs including hundreds and even thousands of links, even if network engineers examine all the results and determine that they all pass, there are still critical questions remaining: How can you tell if an incorrect test specification or the wrong adapter was used? Were all testers using the right software? Did you get the margins you expected and were they consistent?

March 28, 2013

How to Increase Multimode Testing Accuracy with Encircled Flux

Anyone who’s ever tested a multimode fiber optic link with light sources from different equipment vendors will know that the loss measurement can vary by as much as 50 percent. Without proper controls, multimode light sources will inject light differently into multimode fibers.   Even light sources from the same manufacturer operating under different launch conditions, will produce diverse link-loss measurements, leading to different—and often confusing—test results.

March 11, 2013

Co-location Data Center Operators Testing Next Generation Cabling.

I recently had occasion to visit with several individuals from a high growth sub segment of our industry. Co-location data centers enable organizations to rent equipment space and bandwidth.

February 28, 2013

OTDR Troubleshooting in the Data Center? ...Yes we can!

The growing demand for higher bandwidth is affecting nearly every industry today, as organizations rely more on applications that support a variety of critical business processes. Whether it’s high-definition video, social media support, electronic medical records or other high-bandwidth applications, companies increasingly are facing a need to support higher capacity data transmission for their employees, customers and business partners. This trend toward greater capacity has in turn created an increased need for high bandwidth fiber optic cabling in the data center.

February 21, 2013