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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Choosing the right DCIM product!?

06 March 2019

Martin Hodgson, country manager, UK & Ireland, at Paessler

Martin Hodgson, country manager, UK & Ireland, at Paessler

Selecting, implementing and handling a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) product can sometimes feel more taxing than simply continuing without one. But that shouldn’t be, and is often not the case. The main purpose of a DCIM product is to alleviate the administrator’s workload, not add to it.

With various factors to consider – from environmental to physical security – DCIM organisations must safeguard their equipment, secure restricted areas and ensure those authorised are allowed appropriate access; all while upholding availability and preventing downtime. This is where network monitoring comes in.

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Kevin Drinkall on how to choose the switch that suits your network needs.

03 January 2019

Kevin Drinkall is EMEA wireless and cloud market development manager at Zyxel.

Kevin Drinkall is EMEA wireless and cloud market development manager at Zyxel.

The perfect switch is centred around individual requirements: from whether you need to power a device from the switch, reduce overheads in installation costs, or have specific application requirements. Consider the following features to simplify the decision-making process:

1. Ease of use:

There are different aspects to think about here. Unmanaged switches, for example, are plug-and-play but lack any form of control. At the top end of the spectrum, enterprises may prefer to deploy switches with CLI, which usually means a Layer 2 or Layer 3 model. Layer 3 switches allow for more advanced functions in a network.

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MARC GARNER on how to select the right PDU for your needs.

19 December 2018

Marc Garner is VP of Schneider Electric UK’s IT division.

Marc Garner is VP of Schneider Electric UK’s IT division.

A good methodology for selecting the optimal PDU for an IT rack is to follow this five-step approach that prioritises and simplifies the decision-making process.

1. Determine output plug type and quantity

The most common plug types in data centres are C-13 and C-19 connectors defined by IEC 60320. The best option is to choose a rack PDU with a combination of C-13 and C-19 outlets. This ensures there are more of each outlet type than is needed for the initial load, and allows for more equipment to be added later if required.

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MATT HODGETTS offers expert guidance about what to look for before renting test equipment.

29 November 2018

Whether you’re working on a short-term project or designing a leading edge system and need to easily refresh equipment to maintain competitive advantage, the decision to rent test equipment can be straightforward.

But there are other considerations many engineers don’t think of prior to doing this. To help make sure you’re prepared for your next equipment rental, Microlease’s application engineers have pulled together this unique checklist of top tips:

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