Simplifying high-density fiber cable certification  The rise in fiber adoption by service providers is great for those who manufacture the cables, but it’s causing a headache for many who have to commission it. More and more, higher fiber-count cables are being laid, leading to a challenge for installers and contractors: how to manage, track and […]

In 2013, in a legal case that sent waves through the IT industry, Sears Holding Corp. filed lawsuits against two IT vendors involved in maintaining and providing equipment for the company’s data center. Sears alleged that, as a result of multiple power outages and ongoing issues, the company had lost an estimated $2.2 million in profits and […]

The growth of MPO adoption in the past few years is changing the game for network architectures around the world. In a previous blog, 5 Things to Know Before Working with Multi-Fiber MPO Connectors, I referenced some trends and growth projections for MPO connectivity from a recent survey by VIAVI Solutions that polled hundreds of […]

Doug Roberts from VIAVI discusses the challenges IT teams face as enterprises migrate infrastructure and services to the cloud. Hybrid IT networking has come a long way in the past decade, as enterprises have gradually come to embrace and trust cloud computing. Yet, despite the growing popularity of both private and public clouds, many enterprise […]

While the importance of effective VoIP troubleshooting may have faded from the headlines in favor of hot topics like cloud and security, this critical technology is the backbone of business. It’s estimated that the global VoIP market reached the 1 billion user milestone by the end of 2017. Even more impressive, the VoIP services market […]

400G - we're making the right mistakes

Con Houlihan, the great Irish sports writer from my hometown of Castleisland, once replied to a young poet who had shared his writing, “Keep going. You’re making all the right mistakes.” As a young boy, the words did not fully resonate with me, but now—a bit older and hopefully wiser—I can see the wisdom therein […]

5G New Radio (NR) connectivity for the enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) use case will transform the mobile experience for consumers and business across the globe. Delivering mobile data speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks, 5G NR will also offer huge improvements in latency (network responsiveness) and reach. It will enable high […]

Smart Link Mapper blog

This is the fifth post in a series on Smart Fiber and OTDR Testing – see links to previous posts below. OTDR Test Analysis Gets Smarter (and Easier) It’s a common belief that OTDR testing and analysis are difficult. In the past, OTDRs could be complex to configure and measurement results were often hard to […]

In just a few steps, IT professionals can build valuable cloud computing skills and improve their chances of getting ahead. If you’re a network engineer with cloud computing skills, you have a big advantage in the job market. According to a survey by Softchoice, 53 percent of businesses have struggled to find job candidates with […]

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