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MTP® Brand Connectors versus Generic MPO in Fiber Networks

Posted by Patrick Nixdorf on 6/15/17 8:00 AM

Generic MPO connectors have been the standard for network architects who require density and strive for shorter install times, as well as simplified cabling infrastructure for their 40G/100G data centers. Multi-mode MPO connectors can pack 12, 24, or 72 fibers into one ferrule, this increased density has bolstered its appeal, especially in the space-restricted data center market.

However, in higher fiber count MPO connectors, an additional loss penalty has come to be expected due to the difficulty in achieving physical contact across all of the fibers.

Learn how US Conec's MTP® brand connectors boast the lowest dB loss... 

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Topics: Data Center, Network Infrastructure, Network Visibility/Monitoring

[New Product] Garland Introduces Scalable Visibility with Passive Fiber Modular Chassis up to 100G

Posted by Chris Bihary on 5/18/17 9:00 AM

“How do you scale your network infrastructure to support multiple monitoring tools (at varying network speeds) without adding additional infrastructure - while still ensuring data quality?”

This is the problem we have been hearing in the last few years. Data centers (D1 & D2) and enterprise networks have many challenges and two of the big ones are providing the IT department anytime access to full-duplex traffic, while guaranteeing full packet capture. Now layer on top of that a stack of 1G legacy monitoring tools in addition to the migration to 10G/40G and 100G speeds.

To this problem, we introduce a solution:
Garland Technology’s new Passive Fiber Modular Chassis.

A flexible, scalable and affordable high density solution for managing up to 24 links in a 1U box at network speeds of 1G/10G/40G/100G.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Data Center, Events & News, Network Visibility/Monitoring

Garland Technology's Network TAPs are now Certified 'Cisco Compatible'

Posted by Mike Heiberger on 4/4/17 8:00 AM

So what does this mean to you? Well, when you are considering a connectivity strategy for your active, in-line appliances or security monitoring tools, it demonstrates that Garland's network TAPs were tested and validated with live data and performed to Cisco's standards.

What standards were tested? Interoperability, health check/failsafe check, full packet capture and zero packet loss.

Why should you care? Read on.

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Topics: Data Center, Cisco Solutions

The 101 Series: Filtering TAPs

Posted by George Bouchard on 3/14/17 8:00 AM

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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Topics: Network TAPs, Data Center, Network Design, The 101 Series, Network Packet Brokers

Network TAPs or Packet Brokers for Software-Defined Networks?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 3/7/17 8:00 AM

Centralized, programmatic control of the network—this was the major promise software-defined networking (SDN) offered when it first emerged. We’re getting there, but if the last few years have shown us anything it’s that realizing lofty SDN goals is anything but easy.

Now might not be the time to implement an a prior data model with an SDN protocol like OpenFlow, but you can still lay the groundwork for SDN in 2017.

The only question is how.

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Topics: Data Center, Network Visibility/Monitoring, Software Defined Networking (SDN)

How Feasible is SDN in 2017?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 2/21/17 8:01 AM

Whether it’s the proliferation of cloud applications or growing cybersecurity demands, data centers are being forced to change faster than ever. Pushing 1G or even 10G architectures to their limits won’t work moving forward.

That’s why SDN is slowly starting to become a commercial reality (albeit slowly). We’ve looked ahead to where SDN will be in 2020, but you could argue that that’s been SDN’s problem since 2013—we keep looking ahead and commercialization continues to be delayed.

As you’re scaling a 40G or 100G network, you need to know if SDN is available right now. Moving into 2017, is SDN really feasible for you?

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Topics: Data Center, Software Defined Networking (SDN)