CPR

Connecting with the law

30 August 2018

A year after the EU’s Construction Products Regulation came into force, how can you tell if you’re on the right side of the law when it comes to data networking cables? RAHIEL NASIR finds out.

The EU’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR) came into full effect on 1 July 2017. Regulation 305/2011 lays down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products.
 
It states that construction works as a whole and in their separate parts must be fit for their intended use, taking into account in particular the health and safety of persons involved throughout the life cycle of the works. 

Those “separate parts” include power, control and communication cables which, amongst other things, must follow stringent guidelines in terms of fire and smoke safety.

 

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network monitoring

Joining the dots

17 July 2018

When asked exactly what should be monitored on the network, many specialist vendors say the answer is simple: everything. For example, ExtraHop claims its platform uses real-time analytics to auto discover and classify every asset in the enterprise, map all connections and dependencies, and monitor traffic flow at up to 100Gbps.

When asked exactly what should be monitored on the network, many specialist vendors say the answer is simple: everything. For example, ExtraHop claims its platform uses real-time analytics to auto discover and classify every asset in the enterprise, map all connections and dependencies, and monitor traffic flow at up to 100Gbps.

When it comes to network visibility, a good monitoring platform should start with the needle and not the haystack, according to one specialist firm we spoke to. RAHIEL NASIR finds out more.

Many network managers have a lot more than usual on their plates at present. 

As well trying to lasso networks that seem to be carrying a non-stop supply of traffic fed by an ever-growing number of devices (both authorised and unauthorised), there’s the never-ending quest to keep on top of security issues, facilitating ongoing digital transformations as well as other projects, and all while dealing with day-to-day issues and trying to please the taskmasters.

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SD-WAN

Looking for the promised WAN

21 June 2018

Many IT managers are said to currently have very little control and visibility over their networks or applications – that’s where SD-WAN comes in.

Many IT managers are said to currently have very little control and visibility over their networks or applications – that’s where SD-WAN comes in.

SD-WAN has been described as the biggest trend in enterprise networking today. So should you now migrate and, if so, what do you need to look for? RAHIEL NASIR seeks expert advice from some of the biggest names in the SD-WAN field. 

When asked what makes SD-WAN so special, two words repeatedly come up: visibility and agility.

Many companies that have traditionally specialised in WAN optimisation technologies are now currently in the SD-WAN vanguard – Riverbed Technology is one of the key players here. 

It believes SD-WAN represents the new generation of intent-based networking, giving the modern enterprise an agile platform that can be adapted quickly to business requirements. 

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