PAUL HUNTER offers advice on how to make sure data cables are installed correctly and work effectively for years to come.

11 February 2019

Paul Hunter is technical director at iDaC Solutions.

Paul Hunter is technical director at iDaC Solutions.

Having visited many sites over the years, initially as an electrician and now as a BICSI RCDD, I have seen some dubious installation practices. Here are a few essential guidelines to help ensure professional and trouble-free deployments:

Storage: Cables should be protected from environmental influences, i.e. kept dry and within acceptable temperature ranges (refer to the manufacturer’s data sheet).

 

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Can ‘Zero Trust’ networking work for the public sector?

31 January 2019

Mike Thomas, MD, Innopsis

Mike Thomas, MD, Innopsis

The concept of Zero Trust is being lauded by the Government Digital Service (GDS) as the way forward for all of the public sector’s networking requirements.

Zero Trust originates from a theory that if you know who a person is, what device they are using and where they are, you can set a policy to allow or disallow them access to services and data. If one, or more, of these elements are missing, the user can’t be trusted.

 

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Patching software in a networked world is not enough: why flaky tests should not be ignored

28 November 2018

Dr. Greg Law, CTO, Undo

Dr. Greg Law, CTO, Undo

It is not uncommon that vulnerabilities are found once software is shipped.

For example in September, Cisco reported it had exposed 13 vulnerabilities in its IOS and IOS XE switch and router operating software, and said this should be patched within weeks.

 

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Cultivating long-distance Relationships

30 January 2019

Alan Stewart-Brown, VP sales EMEA, Opengear

Alan Stewart-Brown, VP sales EMEA, Opengear

The wave of transformation brought about by digitisation, the IoT, and decentralised hardware offers many efficiency benefits.

 

However, these changes have created new challenges for centralised IT departments managing distributed branches, production sites and private clouds to avoid the consequential costs of network downtime.

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Two gigs on the LAN are worth an ax in the bush

12 October 2018

Paul Routledge, UK&I country manager, D-Link

Paul Routledge, UK&I country manager, D-Link

Should we say a polite ‘no thanks’ to Wave 2 because there’s a better Wi-Fi standard due soon?

 

Wireless LAN buying decisions are a bit like trains at the moment. You have an agonising decision to make as you hang around the platform looking for signs of hope. Wave 2 has arrived and people are moving down the platform. But you’ve heard that a much more powerful, spacious and fast vehicle – the 802.11ax – is coming.

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