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What’s a WAP?

Monday, May 7, 2018 | by Rudy Montgelas

WAP , did you say? I have wireless access points in my building that connect me to the Internet. “Wouldn’t think of not having Waps to allow me to use all the Apps I need…”

Connecting with OFC 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | by Rudy Montgelas


You probably remember, from a CTD that I did last year, that “The OFC (Optical Fiber Communications) conference is the largest fiber optics and optical communications technical conference in the world, drawing many of the top optical scientists, companies and experts in the field of optics and optical communications”.1

Nanotechnology and The Invisible Man

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | by Rudy Montgelas

Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could become invisible? 1…Hmmm…

What would that mean? Would we all have to walk around with infrared goggles on to see each other? Nanotechnology might get us there in the near future. This issue of CTD explores Nanotechnology, and the world of the very, very small, even smaller than the period at the end of this sentence…

It also looks at how designed objects, of microscopic size, can significantly impact and shape our lives.

The Importance of Airflow Management in Your Physical Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | by Danielle Russo

Won’t you step into the freezer…It’s gonna be cold, cold, cold…or not?

Welcome to 2018!  With 90% of the US bringing in the new year in below freezing temperatures, what better time to discuss one of my favorite topics: Cooling and Airflow Management!  While it is crucial to keep ambient operating temperatures cool in your mission critical facility, we are not looking for the deep freeze temperatures that most are experiencing outdoors this week. 

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been tracking and defining allowable temperatures for data centers over the past 14 years.  Data published through ASHRAE has transformed the legacy data center from an inefficient ice-box to a facility with more moderate temperatures and smart design, while still maintaining crucial uptime.  In the past, one may have grabbed a jacket before heading into their data center; however, as of 2011, ASHRAE recommended operating temperatures ranging from 64.4-80.4°F (18-27°C).1

Base 8 Connectivity

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | by Randy Harris

As a child of the ‘80s, I can remember rotary dial phones evolving into push button phones.  The day my dad brought home the cutting edge technology of a push button phone, with a 10 foot cord, was life changing for 12-year-old me.  Okay, maybe not life changing, but certainly made it easier to call my girlfriend six times an hour - only to hear that annoying ‘busy signal’ because ‘call waiting’ had not been invented yet. Today, my kids have no clue just how hard it was to use the phone “back in the day.” Texting, Instagram, Snapchat and the rarely used method of calling someone in their contact list are the new norm.

Technology advanced. This is not a new story – we’re bombarded with advancements in technology daily. The flat screen TV we bought yesterday is obsolete tomorrow.

This is the world we live in, but when it comes to fiber optic network topologies, change happens at slightly a slower pace. For over the last four decades the deployment of traditional 12 fiber based connectivity has served the market well. Any data center that has been built to 10G specifications has used this traditional method. But as bandwidth requirements continue to increase, technology has advanced and data center managers are now looking for a new solution.

Enter Base 8. I’m sure you’ve heard the new buzz term Base 8, but you might be confused as to what this really means.