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The State of Industrial Ethernet and Industrial Internet of Things in 2018

on 3/15/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Industrial Ethernet
Lack of budget, unclear path to ROI, imperfect strategic vision, interoperability problems. These are just a few of the reasons why the shift to Industrial Ethernet has been slow. But while industrial leaders could make do without Industrial Ethernet in the past, it’s becoming increasingly essential.
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Design-IT Solutions: How to monitor your 100G network with incompatible tools

As networks continue to grow and threats become more pervasive, the need to react quickly to changes in the state of your network is higher than ever.  One way of making your control over your network more agile is through Software Defined Networking (SDN).
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Fiber Optical Networking

Greater Data Speeds but New Challenges to Consider As we begin seeing much higher bandwidth speeds for data communications using fiber optical connections and enter into the non-linear world of photonic communications, many things will change from understanding the basic physics of non-linear photonic communications to the increased need for better plant build-outs, an understanding of optical budgets (referencing signal to noise requirements), maintenance, and a much higher requirement for documentation and record keeping.
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5 Reasons to TAP your Network

on 3/1/18 8:00 AM By | Timothy Schmidt | 0 Comments | Network TAPs TAPs vs SPAN
Why do I need TAPs?  That’s a question I hear a lot from people in the field.  Either they aren’t familiar with TAPs, or even if they are, with a low utilization, they may think there isn’t an application that makes sense for them.
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Surprise—Copper Cables Still Dominate Industrial Networks

on 2/27/18 8:00 AM By | Patrick Nixdorf | 0 Comments | Network Infrastructure Industrial Ethernet
We’ve been talking a lot about the security implications of the Industrial Ethernet as traditionally closed networks adapt to demands for improved bandwidth and open connectivity. However, cyber attacks aren’t the only things that can bring an industrial network down—you have to make sure you have the right approach to network connectivity as well. Let’s take a look at why copper cabling is so popular for Industrial Ethernet and how network architects can best approach their connectivity options.
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The 101 Series: Filtering TAPs

In our 101 network TAP series, we have explained the functionality of the various network TAPs that are available to gain access to the traffic that is typically found in a network. We have reviewed passive fiber TAPs, copper network TAPs, aggregation TAPs, SPAN/regeneration TAPs and the bypass TAP.   Now we have a new 1U or 2U Chassis System that supports our filtering TAPs – which for you, means an affordable 1G Packet Broker System that can do it all in one box.  Read on to see what filtering can do for your network…  
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