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The ‘often overlooked’ importance of the Physical Network Infrastructure during Spine Leaf switch deployments

The ‘often overlooked’ importance of the Physical Network Infrastructure during Spine Leaf switch deployments

Is it really the end of the traditional Three Tier Network Switching model? YES it is. Are we starting to flatten this topology as we move from 1 to 10Gbps network backbones? YES you are. Can we eliminate a full switching layer, yet still implement speeds of 40Gbps+? YES you can. But what are the planning considerations that should always be made from the physical infrastructure perspective? DON’T KNOW!  That tends to be the most common answer!
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Why consider a Pre Terminated MTP Fibre Solution?

Why consider a Pre Terminated MTP Fibre Solution? Today’s modern Data Centre proposition continues to promote the hot topics around consolidation, reduced operating expense, flexibility, scalability and of course being as ‘Green’ as possible along the way.  That part is simple, but when you start digging in to what you actually need to achieve all of the above, everything starts moving full speed in to complexity overdrive.
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Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) Patch Leads – some simple facts to consider

Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) Patch Leads – some simple facts to consider

Over the past few years there has certainly been a lot of industry hype regarding CCA cable flooding in to the UK market.  Similar to the current arguments around British steel production and the cheaper inferior Chinese imports, we continue to see exactly the same problem in the IT cabling world.  Apart from plenty of industry talk around this potentially hazardous product, we have seen very few regulations or guidelines put in place, most alarmingly it now actually seems to be more readily available and accessible than ever before.  Well we thought it was about time that we added our ‘two pennies’ worth to try and provide some ‘simple’ clarity around this huge topic.
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