Data Center Test and Measurements

What you should know to choose a data center OTDR

With the technological evolution occurring in datacenters, test requirements dramatically changed for the ber networks that connect mission-critical servers, networking and storage devices. Selecting the proper OTDR to test your network not only strengthens its reliability, but also improves how quickly and ef ciently the job is done, as well as documenting the quality of […]

Data Center

FIPT-400-MF Automated Multifiber Connector Inspection Tip from EXFO

EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF) has unveiled its FIPT-400-MF Automated Multifiber Connector Inspection Tip. The tip, which is compatible with the company’s MF-ready fiber inspection probe series, aims to make it easier and faster for technicians to inspect the cleanliness of multifiber connectors. Multifiber connectors such as the MPO and MTP have become more […]


Lime Green OM5 New color by R&M

MILPITAS, Calif., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — When people set out to ignite business revolutions, the last thing on their mind is MPO polarity management. However, R&M’s OM5 fiber solution, set for introduction at this year’s Data Center World, Los Angeles, will spark a revolution in simplifying network infrastructure. With internal data center traffic expected […]


Mobile industry targets intermediary 5G standard in 2019

Leading mobile operators and equipment vendors have announced plans to accelerate the roll-out of 5G, proposing an intermediary standard to allow large-scale deployments already in 2019. A work plan will be unveiled at a meeting in early March. Under the current schedule, the 5G New Radio specifications from 3GPP are not expected to be ready […]

4G & 5G

What is 5G, and when do I get it?

LOOK AT THE top corner of your phone screen. Right now, it probably reads 4G LTE, and you’re probably fine with that. But soon—and we’re talking years, not months—your phone will say 5G there instead. The mobile industry is buzzing about this next generation of high-speed wireless service, and you can expect the chatter to […]

Data Center

3 mistakes some electricians made installing data cables at our jobsite

The following Youtube video from HSM IT Services (Edmonton, AB) notes how “electricians are often contracted to run data cable (Cat5e, Cat6) while installing electrical wire. Many times, they do a bad job and we have to clean up the mess,” observes the Canadian structured cabling installer firm. Why exactly do they say this? “Several […]

Test and Measurements

II-VI offers pluggable OTDR

II‐VI Inc. (NASDAQ:IIVI) has introduced a pluggable optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) for embedded network monitoring of carrier and data center networks, particularly within the context of software-defined networking (SDN). The second-generation device, designed to be plugged into XFP ports, is in the sampling stage, with general availability slated for the third quarter of this […]

Copper Cabling

Is 100W 4PPoE just a subtle blowtorch for RJ45 panels?

1.) What effect will 100W 4-pair PoE have on RJ45 connectivity? As put forth by a recent technology white paper from Panduit: “The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) document, TSB-184, Guidelines for Supporting Power Delivery Over Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling provides guidance for installing cables that run PoE with currents up to 600 mA on two pairs. […]

Optical Cable

Tarluz Loose Tube Type Air Blowing Cable

Tarluz offers loose tube type air-blowing cable, the fibers are positioned in a PBT loose tube, the tube filled with water resistant filling compound, The loose tubes are stranded around a central plastic central strength member. The cable is completed with an outer sheath. Fiber Count Configuration Fillers Outer Diameter (mm) Cable Weight kg/km Tensile […]

Data Center

OM5 Fiber for data center application

ISO/IEC decided to name WBMMF Wideband Multimode Fiber as OM5 in Oct. 2016, this decision was made by ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1)/Subcommittee 25 (SC 25) Interconnection of Information Technology Equipment. At a spring 2016 meeting of JTC 1/SC 25’s Working Group 3 – Customer Premises Cabling – the working group was unable […]