Field testing of screened cabling systems has always required that the tester verify that there is continuity of the screen to the remote end of the test, however some field testers can incorrectly report screen continuity and fail to highlight potential problems with the cabling system. This article discusses the issues with measurements of screen continuity, how it can influence other cabling test parameters and how the Fluke Networks shield integrity approach can correctly assure compliance of cabling installations according to the Level 2G requirements of TIA 1152A
“Category 8 will play a major role in data centers and mission-critical environments upgrading to 25/40GBASE-T, says Mark
Dearing, Senior Product Manager at Leviton. “Cabling manufacturers are now engineering solutions with additional quality and
flexibility to meet these demanding new applications. But even the most advanced infrastructure relies on high-quality installation
practices to ensure the network will operate at its best. Proper testing and certification in the field translates to less chance of
disruption, downtime, and unforeseen costs in the future.”
This paper highlights the silo approach in which organizations tend to focus on a single issue within different groups, even if there may be huge implications across the entire organization ranging from the end user to the CEO. The performance management approach brings these disparate issues, views and groups together and focuses on providing a holistic view to improving overall performance of critical resources, applications and staff. This document will focus on key attributes and best practices for organizations looking to successfully deploy performance management strategy across their enterprise.
The IT network is at the heart of most enterprises, supporting business-critical applications, providing the data on which business decisions are made and facilitating communications with customers, partners, suppliers and co-workers. More than ever before, it is a strategic asset to the business, and any downtime or degradation in network or application performance will directly impact the organisation’s bottom line.
Proactively improve and Optimise Performance
To deliver the service levels agreed with the business, the challenge is two-fold: proactively improve and optimise performance to ensure that the network delivers what users require, and resolve any problems that arise as quickly as possible to minimise downtime. This White Paper looks at methodology of solving network and application performance issues and outlines a new approach to getting to root cause more quickly.
End-face contamination is a leading cause of fiber failures in data center, campus and other enterprise or telecom networking environments. See how easy fiber inspection becomes with the IEC 61300-3-35 compliant Fiber Inspector from Fluke Networks.
As the industry moves to higher data speeds, more stringent loss budgets and new multi-fiber connectors, proactively inspecting and cleaning fiber end-faces is more important than ever to ensure network uptime, performance and equipment reliability. However, relying on subjective human inspection of fiber end-faces often produces inconsistent results.
Here is a list of the various ways fiber networks can become contaminated:
- Accidently touching a fiber end-face
- Dirty, dusty construction environments
- Brushing an end-face on clothing (can contain body oils, lint or other substances)
- Dust in the air
- Contamination also easily migrates from one port to another every time a connector end-face is mated
- In fact, any time an end-face is exposed to the surrounding environment, it is subject to contamination
There are discussions that we have with almost every customer we meet: evaluating the cost of performance degradation. Even if the cost is not obvious, after going through some simple steps, almost every customer realizes how big the operational loss induced by performance degradations is important. Here is a sample discussion we had with one of our customer, which could almost be any of our customers.
INFRASTRUCTURE: DO MORE WITH LESS
In a difficult economic context, the organizations interviewed in our survey consider their IT department as a support function for their core business. For half of them, infrastructure projects find their motivation in improving the user productivity and reducing costs.
Recent changes in application behavior and usage patterns have steadily eroded the protection that the traditional firewall once provided. Users are accessing any application, from any location, often times to get their job done. Many of these applications use non-standard ports, hop ports, or use encryption to simplify and streamline user access and to bypass the firewall. Cybercriminals are taking full advantage of this unfettered application usage to spread a new class of highly targeted modern malware. The result is that the traditional firewall, with its reliance on port and protocol, can no longer identify and control the applications and threats
traversing the network.
vAssure Gigabit Copper Failsafe whitepaper
Session-based / Flow-aware Load Balancing increases user control of traffic distribution amongst multiple monitoring tools, increasing output capacity while maintaining session integrity. Packets from a unique session flow will be balanced to the same tool port, always, using up to 10 balancing criteria, e.g. source and / or destination MAC address, EtherType, IP address, TCP/UDP port, and GTP TEID. Standard Load Balancing allows users to balance traffic based on up to ten criteria.
VSS Monitoring Uniquely Defends Against Today’s Advanced Cyber-Attacks and Scales for Big Mobile Data Explosion with New Network Packet Broker Platforms
Accesses traffic from full-duplex networks, making them available for network intelligence tools and are the foundation for Network Intelligence Optimization system building. All VSS’ TAP Series products are failsafe for 100% guaranteed network uptime. Features such as aggregation, replication, regeneration, and L2-L4 filters provide a wide range of options for accessing Ethernet networks.