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2.5 & 5Gb - A step too far? You decide

23 February 2017


In the last few weeks we have seen a major announcement coming out from the IEEE, followed by the supporting marketing hype from certain switch technology vendors, making several very bold claims which border on the irresponsible.

Back in 2013 the IEEE set up a task force under the designation of NGBase-T which set out to investigate getting higher and higher speeds over copper twisted pair cables. The first task was to try and get 40Gb Ethernet over what has become Category 8 cabling. This was given the designation 802.3bq, the background of which was more about the economics of copper vs fibre interfaces in the switch, rather than anything around a performance upgrade.

High Density Fiber

22 December 2016

Executive Summary

Growing demand for faster access to larger volumes of data, coupled with emerging high-speed network standards and rapidly advancing technology, is having a profound impact on network infrastructure. As 40 Gb fiber becomes a standard option in data centers, the challenge of connecting 40 Gb switches to existing 10 Gb equipment moves front and center. Adding further complexity, it’s clear that organizations of all sizes also need to be prepared to integrate speeds of 100/120 Gb and beyond. Custom breakout cables filled a pressing need when there were no other options available, but they also increase costs, delay projects and present an unpleasant scenario for upgrades and repairs. The emergence of modular patch panels provides a mature and highly scalable alternative to custom breakout cables. Modular patch panels conveniently integrate equipment of different network speeds to meet your connectivity needs today and cost-effectively future-proof your network for tomorrow.


Next Generation Connectivity for the NHS

13 October 2016

A clear strategic vision

The strategic vision for the future of the NHS has been set out clearly by the Department of Health in the Five Year Forward View and the National Information Board’s Personalised Health and Care 2020. It is a vision which has at its heart a commitment to patient-centric care and quality of care – the provision of services which meet the specific needs of each individual, and which allow citizens to manage their own healthcare decisions with ease and clarity.

How monitoring systems reduce human error in distributed server rooms and remote wiring closets

06 September 2016

Surprise incidences of downtime in server rooms and remote wiring closets lead to sleepless nights for many IT managers.

Most can recount horror stories about how bad luck, human error, or just simple incompetence brought their server rooms down.

In this paper, Dennis Bouley, senior research analyst at Schneider Electric's Data Centre Science Centre, analyses several of these incidents and makes recommendations for how a basic monitoring system can help reduce the occurrence of these unanticipated events. 

Power and cooling capacity management for data centres

17 August 2016

High density IT equipment stresses the power density capability of modern data centres.

Installation and unmanaged proliferation of this equipment can lead to unexpected problems with power and cooling infrastructure including overheating, overloads, and loss of redundancy.

The ability to measure and predict power and cooling capability at the rack enclosure level is required to ensure predictable performance and optimise use of the physical infrastructure resource.

Addressing cyber security concerns of data centre remote monitoring platforms

18 July 2016

Digital remote monitoring services provide real-time monitoring and data analytics for data centre physical infrastructure systems.

However, with the cost of cyber security crime projected to quadruple over the next few years reaching $2 trillion by 2019, there is concern these systems could be a successful avenue of attack for cyber criminals.

In this paper, Schneider Electrics' Torben Karup Nielsen and Patrick Donovan describe key security aspects of developing and operating digital, cloud-based remote monitoring platforms that keep data private and infrastructure systems secure from attackers. 

Campus Network on Demand Data Security and Privacy

11 July 2016

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Campus Network on Demand Service (NoD) is a flexible service that allows our Business Partners to integrate our LAN and Wi-Fi® services into managed service offerings to their customers. Managed services offer a financial alternative for businesses that do not want or are not able to acquire these services in a capital purchase model. Campus Network on Demand allows our company to centrally meter usage of the equipment and provide our Business Partners with a centralized network management system to support customer networks. While this new connection-oriented architecture model delivers flexibility and control, it must also ensure the highest security and privacy levels. Campus Network on Demand is built upon state-of-the-art security technologies, rigorous control measures and processes developed to deliver best-in-class data security and privacy to customers.

On-Demand, Always-on, or Hybrid?

06 July 2016

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have caused severe service interruptions and financial damages to organizations throughout 2015. Radware’s 2015-2016 Global Application and Network Security Report revealed that over 50% of organizations have experienced some type of DDoS attack in 2015. Yet, as much
as 50% of the organizations cited that they are unprepared for such attacks. DDoS attacks are increasing in quantity and severity as these attacks become increasingly complex and persistent. Typical DDoS attacks have evolved to include simultaneous multiple attack vectors that test simple mitigation techniques. Attacks using dynamic IP attacks that challenge mitigation through simple blacklisting are now ubiquitous. Volumetric network-level DDoS attacks at staggering throughput rates of hundreds of Gbps and hundreds of millions of packets per seconds have become commonplace, disabling organizations’ network and infrastructure. SSLbased and application-level DDoS attacks that are effective in exploiting bottlenecks in the IT architecture of enterprises have become more prevalent.

Stratus Extends Leadership in Building Management and Security with Always-On Infrastructure for Smart Buildings

01 July 2016

Stratus Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of continuous availability solutions, today announced that it is extending its commitment to building management and security worldwide with the Stratus Always-On Infrastructure for Smart Buildings.

The advent of Smart Buildings drives the need to monitor and control many separate systems ranging from security, to IT, to lighting, HVAC and more. Using a virtualised platform is the only cost effective foundation to do this, but virtualising can also mean a single point of failure making fault-tolerant virtualisation an imperative. Providing a proven, always-on foundation for Smart Buildings, Stratus’ industry-leading downtime prevention software, everRun® Enterprise, combined with performance monitoring delivered through everRun Monitor powered by Sightline Assure® (everRun Monitor) enables a simple way to virtualise disparate multi-vendor solutions and easily monitor the entire building management network – from servers to virtualised applications, to cameras, door locks and sensors.