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Strengthening Your Core with Network Infrastructure Upgrades

Tony Page - Friday, May 30, 2014

Strengthening Your Core with Network Infrastructure Upgrades

All businesses, regardless of size, need to understand the importance of upgrading.

The most successful businesses are those with real longevity and longevity only comes with a genuine desire to seek out opportunities for expansion and evolution.

A network infrastructure upgrade is a great way to make sure you're moving both with the times and with the growth of your business.

Why do most businesses upgrade their network infrastructure?

As daunting a task as it may seem, many businesses recognize that a full network infrastructure overhaul is sometimes the only way to improve their business' functions.

Here are the most commonly-cited reasons for it:

     Business growth: All businesses have one thing in common: they started out small. Provided they don't plan on staying that way, businesses are likely to undergo growth, expanding to accommodate more customers, more business partners, and more team members. A more expansive network infrastructure is needed to match this growth.

     Virtualization of data: The easiest way for most businesses to reduce their space and data needs is by virtualizing existing data. This can drive up traffic, however, and without a network infrastructure that can handle these downsizing efforts, they won't get very far.

Types of upgrade

Upgrading is not a simple process: in the fast-moving world of technological advancements, finding the most suitable upgrade solution for your business can be something of an undertaking.

     Wireless: Wireless solutions offer some of the cheapest upgrade options, both in terms of up front purchase, and installation. Its bandwidth limitations make it a bad solution for any business whose bandwidth requirements are high.

     Wired: Wired solutions present more of an upfront cost than wireless, but offer increased bandwidth capabilities, and can often act as economically efficient solution in the long term, as they tend to be better suited to accommodating future growth.

Key considerations in choosing the right upgrades for your business

     Server/storage: Storage considerations are most pertinent when a business is planning on virtualization its contents. This is a great way to streamline a business' overall efficiency, but it can also exponentially increase their bandwidth needs. If you want to make your business run entirely virtually, then you should upgrade your switches to around 10 gigabits, but if you're looking to transfer only a few blade servers, then opt for a 24 or 48 port gigabit switch.

     Disaster recovery: Multiple ISP connections will ensure that your network is very unlikely to undergo downtime, allowing you to run a smooth operation. Furthermore, a backup modem will offer alternate means of connectivity when the primary one fails.

Upgrades are a necessary part of all successful businesses, and If you're looking for network cabling solutions for your home office in the Rocky Mountain, Tempe, Desert Southwest, Arizona area, then contact SEGI Sales today on 480-317-0868.

You can also contact us at http://www.segisalespros.com/contact-us.htm for help with structured cabling management.

IP Network Infrastructure

Tony Page - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

IP Network Infrastructure

For many, the phrase "IP Network Infrastructure" represents a series of technical jargon terms that do little more than obfuscate an already opaque concept.

What is a 'Network'?

Simply put, a network is any group specifically designed for interconnection, interaction and with the functionality for mutual communication or sharing of information between the group members.

The tools that enable the operation of a successful network is known as its infrastructure - in other words, the elements that allow for connectivity.

Network Infrastructure

A network's infrastructure will vary depending on the unique needs of the specific network and the kind of hardware it's made up of.

Here are some considerations that affect a particular network's infrastructure.

     Geographic: Networks can vary in size and scope quite substantially. To reflect and support these differences, numerous tools may be more appropriate. For example, Personal Area Network cables (PANs) are suited to allowing for communication between a few computers, each of which is close to one person, whereas Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) bridge a connection between computers across a whole city.

     Hardware: Similarly, hardware specifications will affect the requirements of a network's infrastructure. Examples of variation in this area include ethernet, which uses wires to manually connect devices, fiber optics which is similar to ethernet, but allows for data transmission across greater distances, at a faster speed, and without risk of electromagnetic interference.

     Relationship-based: Relation-based considerations focus on where certain connections are made, for example whether connectivity is most important between users, between devices or whether separation is required between clients and servers.

     Topological: Topological requirements are based on the overall shape of the network and which node functions as its center.

Components

What, then, does what in this set-up? Here's is a beginner's list of some of the key components of any network:

     Network Interface Card: Gives access to a medium

     Repeater or signal booster

     Central Hub

     Bridge

     Switch: Distributes traffic

     Router: Directs packets

     Protocol Converter

     Proxy: Allows for indirect connection

     Firewall

     Multiplexer

     Modem

Unfortunately, it's difficult to offer an exhaustive guide to IP network infrastructure, as it's an ever-evolving market with constantly-growing needs, and a real demand for flexibility, so it's always worth talking to a professional who will be up-to-date and well versed with modern approaches.

If you're looking for network cabling solutions for your home office in the Rocky Mountain, Tempe, Desert Southwest, Arizona area, then contact SEGI Sales today on 480-317-0868.

You can also contact us at http://www.segisalespros.com/contact-us.htm for help with structured cabling management.

Network Cabling Basics - What to Expect from Your Cabling Installer

Tony Page - Monday, May 26, 2014

Network Cabling Basics

What to Expect from Your Cabling Installer

If you're in the process of upgrading, moving or even installing an entirely new network infrastructure, even if you're enlisting the assistance of a professional, there are some ways you'll need to prepare yourself and your organization in order to get the most out of the installation itself.

This article will provide you with a few basic pieces of information that will help you get the most out of your installation and the installer themselves.

What do you need to know?

First things first, before you're anywhere near the point of implementing the installation, your chosen provider will need some information about your needs that will help them tailor the installation to your requirements.

Here's what they're likely to ask:

When do you plan to move your network infrastructure?

  • How much cable do you need? How large is the network, and how much connectivity will you need as a result?
  • Which materials will the installer be working with? In other words, what will the location of your network be constructed from? This will help the provider assess their tool needs.
  • What kind of cabling is best suited to the environment? This will depend on the other requirements of your office - will the network be housed in the same space as a heating or air conditioning unit? If so, the cable will need to be fire-retardant.
  • Will the installation require moving a phone system?

What next?

After your initial phone consultation, your provider will require a site visit to examine the needs of your proposed network space.

In terms of preparation, it can be worth having a floor plan to give to the provider, and make sure you've established how much time the installer is likely to need for a thorough inspection.

This will obviously depend on the size of the space, so make those details clear to them during your phone consultation.

Here are some things an installer will be examining during an on-site survey.

  • Proposed server room specifications, including its location and suitability
  • Distances of cabling requirements
  • Whether or not your space could benefit from multiple server rooms
  • Materials of the building
  • Whether specific cables would be suitable

Once the survey is complete, the installer will deliberate and produce an installation quote.

It can be worth getting quotes from more than one service provider to help you make a better decision when it comes to network installation.

If you're looking for network cabling solutions for your home office in the Rocky Mountain, Tempe, Desert Southwest, Arizona area, then contact SEGI Sales today on 480-317-0868.

You can also contact us at http://www.segisalespros.com/contact-us.htm for help with structured cabling management.

A Beginner's Guide to Wiring your Home Office

Tony Page - Friday, May 23, 2014

A Beginner's Guide to Wiring your Home Office

Whether you operate a small, large, or medium-sized business, a health care center or facility, or manage a data center, or an educational institute, you'll no doubt have the need for a solid and reliable network infrastructure.

Furthermore, you may just want a home office without breaking the bank along the way.

The cable and connector industry can look daunting to a novice, however, and the vast array of inferior products can leave many spending disproportionate sums of money without necessarily making an investment in quality.

Wiring your home office may look impossible to a novice, but it can save you a lot of money, and provided you follow a few basic rules, is surprisingly straight-forward.

Here are several rules to abide by when wiring your home office.

Choose quality

The cable market is saturated with connectors and cable that promise quality at a fraction of the price of competing products. Unfortunately, many of these providers fail to deliver on their promises.

Reputable brands are usually reluctant to discount their product's prices by more than 20%, so avoid buying any that cost less than this, as they are probably counterfeit.

Cut the cable correctly for maximum performance

Even if you have got your hands on the finest cable around, you won't reap its benefits if you cut it badly.

No link should be longer than 295 ft and you should make sure you invest in a proper pair of cable cutters.

Cable cutters are serrated, and designed to prevent the cable from slipping while you cut it.

Anything else is likely to damage a cable's insulation, preventing it from performing at maximum capacity.

Work on your cable-stripping technique

Cable stripping is a subtle art, but perfecting it is well worth your while. As long as you're using a sufficiently sharp tool for the job, you shouldn't overdo it.

Aim to score the cable jacket only - don't try to take it off in the first go, because you run the risk of damaging the internal components.

Once it's scored, you should be able to snap and remove it without damaging its interior.

Buy quality patch cords

While the cable itself and the connectors are the most important parts of any home office network, opting for budget patch cords will compromise the overall performance of the system.

Avoid tugging

Cable is easily damaged by tugging, so be sure to check with the manufacturer's instructions about tugging, and try to limit it where possible.

Invest in a tester

Testing the results of your work is an absolutely vital step in the home office wiring process. Verifiers are very affordable, and will be able to perform a continuity check.

The most thorough means of testing your work may require the assistance of a professional, who will be able to tell you whether or not you got the quality you paid for.

If you're looking for network cabling solutions for your home office in the Rocky Mountain, Tempe, Desert Southwest, Arizona area, then contact SEGI Sales today on 480-317-0868.

You can also contact us at http://www.segisalespros.com/contact-us.htm for help with structured cabling management.

5 Cabling Tips for Optimal Business Network Installation

Tony Page - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5 Cabling Tips for Optimal Business Network Installation

Installing a business network is an art and skill like any other, and whether you're an old hand at it, or a total novice, there are a few things that everybody should pay attention to when carrying out an installation to ensure that it's more likely to be as successful a job as it possibly can be.

Pay attention to the following aspects of the installation process, and you're poising yourself for an excellent result.

The longer the cable, the less efficient

Furthermore, the closer the cable is to all the hardware it connects up, the faster it will operate.

This can be frustrating for anyone looking to install a business network, because it can be hugely tempting to opt for visual appeal by keeping things separate over practical functionality.

Try keeping things in close proximity to one another. You’d want to make the most of your equipment, and keeping cables short is the best way to do this.

Don't overload your cabling trays

It is absolutely vital that you only store as many cables in your cable trays as each tray is designed to handle.

While it can seem desirable to try to make the most of each tray, in the long run, it is an inefficient means of storing cables, and can result in cable damage, and with that, a damaged overall network.

Beware of tugging

Apart from handling your cables carefully during the actual installation process, it's important to prevent your cables from tugging because they're supporting their entire weight when they are stored.

If they are stored unsupported, cables are prone to stretching and will deteriorate in quality if left this way for any length of time.

Find ways to take the weight of each cable off of itself, and instead, place it elsewhere, for example, on brackets, or stored loosely.

Different kinds of cable require different storage environments

Electrical wire has a tendency to overheat, and should be kept away from non-electrical wire, so that it doesn't affect performance.

Thoroughly research each kind of cable to find out how to separate bundles up so that they're are stored in suitable areas.

Invest in quality

Cheap cables usually contain less copper than more expensive options. Try Berk tek cable.

In the long run, investing in quality cabling will provide you with a longer lasting, more efficient and functional network. Cheap cables, connectors and patch cords are the definition of a false economy.

If you're looking for network cabling solutions for your home office in the Rocky Mountain, Tempe, Desert Southwest, Arizona area, then contact SEGI Sales today on 480-317-0868.

You can also contact us at http://www.segisalespros.com/contact-us.htm for help with structured cabling management.

Data center Management Tips You Shouldn't Ignore

Tony Page - Monday, May 19, 2014

Data center Management Tips You Shouldn't Ignore

Managing a data center is a hefty undertaking and can be a little overwhelming initially.

Furthermore, it's a vastly important job that lives behind the scenes of virtually every institution worldwide and requires exceptional organizational skills and tactics in order to function at maximum output and efficiency.

Thankfully, the experience of others has lent the data center managers of today some invaluable principles by which to ensure the smooth operation of data centers.

Here are five of those tips to implement today:

     Make as much room as possible without relying on out-of-date storage methods: Many data center managers depend entirely on direct attached storage (DAS.) This may be because sensitive data is best stored this way, and admins prefer to opt for one kind of storage rather than allowing their methods to adapt to the needs of different kinds of data, but many also continue using this method out of habit. Network storage solutions are much better suited to the needs of the modern day data center, and contemporary security solutions mean that they are just as safe as traditional methods.

     Maximize efficiency by making use of automation: Finding areas in which to make use of automation procedures is a great way to save time. Analyzing and organizing your data center's metadata will enable you to identify the areas in which automation can help you out.

     Take it one step at a time: Making too many changes at once can prove overwhelming, and slow your management down as opposed to if you were to implement them individually, and over a long period of time. This way, you can master the new methods and harness the full potential of each change.

     Backup as much as possible with what you have: A data center manager's worst nightmare usually involves the loss of vital information. Limit this potential risk wherever possible by making use of redundant hardware and performing frequent backups.

     Make time for physical cable maintenance: Data centers rely heavily on the use of physical cables. Without organizing them, and taking care of them, you run the risk of limiting their functionality, and shortening their lifespan quite significantly. Any areas in which you can save money should be taken care of. Maintain cables according to a predetermined plan by making use of spreadsheets, and labels, so cables are easily identifiable.

If you're looking for network cabling solutions for data center in the Rocky Mountain, Tempe, Desert Southwest, Arizona area, then contact SEGI Sales today on 480-317-0868.

Or you can contact us at http://www.segisalespros.com/contact-us.htm for help with data center management, and advice on how to operate more efficiently.

What is a Fiber Optic Link?

Tony Page - Friday, May 16, 2014

What is a Fiber Optic Link?

When you watch television and see commercials about the best companies to choose for your television, phone, or internet service, you probably notice that the term “fiber optic” is used frequently. 

Fiber optic cables and fiber optic links are a popular means for transmitting data, particularly in communications applications, like TV, phone, and internet. 

Fiber optic cables are popular because they are more affordable than other types of cables, and they have high bandwidth.  High bandwidth means that information is transmitted quickly. Fiber optic cables also do not have problems with line interference or degradation.

A fiber optic link is a tool that is used to transmit data between two locations.  It transmits the data by sending light through an optical fiber. 

The optical fiber guides the light to the destination.  There are three components to a fiber optic link.  They include:

  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Optical fiber 
  • Amplifier (for longer links, which helps the signal to be maintained across longer distances)

One of the benefits of fiber optic cables is that they are flexible, which allows them to be used as waveguides.  As electromagnetic waves travel through the fiber optic cables, their direction can be guided. 

The fiber is composed of two parts: an inner core and an outer cladding.  The inner core has a higher refractive index, which means that the light moves through it more slowly. 

The core is surrounded by the outer cladding, which has a lower refractive index.  This combination is carefully designed in order to minimize attenuation of the signal.

The optical fiber itself is composed of glass – usually silica glass.   Fluoride and phosphate glasses are sometimes used, as well. 

Both the inner core and the outer cladding contain small amounts of other substances that are used to alter their refractive index. 

The fiber optic link contains a second component, the transmitter.  The transmitter is usually a laser diode (or a light-emitting diode). 

The diode creates light by passing electricity through a semiconductor.  The transmitter sends light through the optical fiber at a particular angle, which creates total internal reflection. 

The light is reflected down the length of the fiber in order to transmit information.  The light has information encoded in it.  This encoding is present in the form of variations in intensity, phase, and polarization. 

The third component of a fiber optic link is a receiver.  A photodetector is used as a receiver.  The photodetector detects the light as it travels down the optical fiber and receives it.  A photodiode is often used as a photodetector; it has a semiconductor that receives the light and converts it into electrical signals.

These components complete a fiber optic link.  Fiber optic links are a very popular form of network cabling, because they transmit information quickly, cleanly, and cost-effectively. 

They have a huge capacity, and they do not suffer from signal loss or interference like some other types of cables do.

If you are looking for fiber optic cables or fiber cable management, contact SEGI Sales Pros.  We have all of the products that you need in order to build a strong and reliable network. 

We are proud to represent manufacturers that provide reliable and cost-effective products.  Get in touch with SEGI Sales Pros today to learn more about which products can provide you with the cabling solutions that you need.

Predicting Network Trends in 2014

Tony Page - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Network Trends in 2014

It is a new year, and like any year, there are new trends ahead.  Many people received new electronic devices for the holidays, like smartphones, tablets, computers, smart televisions, and gaming systems. 

All of these devices share one common theme – a demand for more data.  We all want more data, and we want to get it faster.  Consumers today expect information to be available at their fingertips at all times. 

What does this mean for network IT and data center managers?  Well, it means that there is a growing demand for increased bandwidth. 

We all expect our devices to respond immediately.  Network IT and data center managers are faced with the pressure of a data deluge.  Here are three network trends that are expected to grow in 2014.

#1 – Bandwidth & the Data Center

A data center uses up a lot of bandwidth.  For this reason, data centers are often the first place where new technology is put to work. 

Your infrastructure must operate at its peak performance in order to provide the level of service that you need.  In 2014, it is likely that data centers will increasingly use higher grade multimode optical fiber in order to achieve greater bandwidth.

In addition, the use of pre-terminated fiber and copper cabling is likely to increase.  As the trend toward cloud computing continues to grow, more companies will feel the need for faster server uplinks. 

#2 – Network Intelligence

Inside a data center, the amount of intelligence that is gathered keeps increasing.  In order to take advantage of that intelligence, it is critical that software solutions such as data center infrastructure management (DCIM) be put into place. 

These solutions are vital in order to assist data center managers in both optimizing the use of their current facility and also planning for an expansion of the facility.

 A DCIM tool will help companies to take a closer look at how well their equipment and resources are being used.  It will also allow companies to assess whether they have room for growth as well as exploring the connections among their systems. 

#3 – Modular Data Centers

In 2014, it is likely that the popularity of modular data centers will grow rapidly.  A modular data center is an appealing solution because it provides the ability of rapid deployment with a standard design that can be customized to meet the customers’ needs.

All of this is available in an efficient, modular structure.  Industries like oil and natural gas that operate in remote areas are seeing the need and the demand for a data center that is rapidly deployable. 

As these customers continue to see the value of a rapidly deployable modular data center, the popularity is likely to grow. 

These are a few of the network trends that are expected to grow in 2014.  If you need help with data center connectivity or data center solutions, contact SEGI Sales Pros

We are proud to work with manufacturers who provide products that are reliable and cost-effective.  We can help you to find the solutions that will work best for you and meet your unique needs. 

At SEGI Sales Pros, we work with data centers in many different industries, and we will customize our approach and work with you personally to find the products that are best for your unique situation. 

Get in touch with SEGI Sales Pros to learn more about the options today!

Internet Infrastructure - What Is It?

Tony Page - Monday, May 12, 2014

Internet Infrastructure - What Is It?

The internet is a tool that few of us can imagine ever living without.  However, many people know very little about how it actually works.

Your access to the internet is dependent upon an infrastructure of hardware and software; this equipment is what makes it possible for you to check your email, read the news online, and so much more every day. 

Here are the basics of internet infrastructure.

Internet infrastructure is made up of hardware and software that transmits and receives information from a variety of different systems and networks. 

There are many components involved in internet infrastructure, including networks, servers, data centers, storage devices, and more.

In some areas of the globe, the hardware components of the internet infrastructure may be localized.  However, the network infrastructure crosses the entire globe. This means that the internet is accessible in any location where local hardware is available to tap into it.

Data Center

Internet infrastructure is housed in a data center.  A data center is a specialized building that is used to store and run computer equipment and the connectivity devices used with computers in order to provide access to the internet. 

A data center is a secure, carefully controlled environment.  The climate must be carefully controlled in order to protect the sensitive equipment.

The power supply is carefully controlled in order to prevent fires as well as power outages.  A team of operators is always on hand to run a data center.

Within a data center, there is a network of storage devices and processors.  The purpose of the network is to transfer data between processors inside the data center as well as transferring data to other data centers.  The data must successfully reach the end user.

Servers

Servers are another important component of internet infrastructure.  A server looks like a PC, but it is much more powerful; it has significantly more storage space and more processing capabilities than a typical PC. 

A server’s capabilities are measured in terms of processing power as well as storage space, or RAM.  A server might consist of one computer or a whole group of computers that work together.

Storage Device

Another component of internet infrastructure is a storage device.  Data must be stored somewhere in order to be accessed by the end user.

The capacity of a storage device is measured in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB).  Data can be stored locally – on a hard drive – or remotely – on a cloud. 

Software

The final component of internet infrastructure is software.  The operating software is what allows us to use the data that is stored.  A server must have an operating system and a database in order to function.  Then, web applications can be added. 

All of these components work together to build the internet infrastructure.  With these tools, users all over the world can access the vast array of information that is available on the internet.

If you are building a data center or need other components for your internet infrastructure, contact SEGI Sales Pros

We have all of the solutions that you need, including network cabling solutions, data center connectivity, and much more. 

We provide equipment for data centers in many different industries, and we have the solutions that you need.  To learn more about the products and services offered by SEGI Sales Pros, get in touch with us today!

Updates From SEGI

Tony Page - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CPI 55053 RackOld dogs can be taught new tricks


The 2 post rack that the industry refers to by part number is the CPI 55053. It has been a mainstay in the industry for almost two decades. No rack has provided the customer as much value as the 55053. It is sturdier than competing brands, the 12-24 threads are more trustworthy than those on competing brands, it has clearly identified bottom to top RMU markings and it is always in stock at a competitive price.

How could it possibly get better?


Well, the venerable 55053 has recently been placed in the category of NEW AND IMPROVED in order to help our customers better reduce labor, improve equipment density and stay ahead of the changing aesthetic preferences of the end user.

Sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact.


Starting now the 55053 comes standard with INTEGRATED GROUND STUDS. A prepared grounding location has been added to one side of the rack channel that includes 2 – ¼ “ studs spaced 5/8 “ apart for easy addition of ground lugs. No more field preparation for the proper grounding of equipment racks and the equipment they hold. Cool, huh?

A Rack Ground Jumper Kit (ordered separately) is now available that allows easy attachment to the Telecommunications Grounding System. This new kit includes: 9’L (2.7 m) Ground Jumper with attached ground lug, Antioxidant Joint Compound and hardware for attaching the jumper to the rack. Again, pretty cool!

The 8ft version of the 55053 now has 52U available instead of 51U. Might seem like a small improvement, but customers opting for 8 ft racks are typically trying to maximize density and an additional RMU can make a huge difference.

Let’s shed a little light


Have you seen the CPI Glacier White cabinets ? In a data center they provide a bright clean look which also allows the customer to reduce foot candle levels and as a result, energy costs. The 55053 is also available in Glacier White as a standard product along with other CPI open architecture products such as ladder and wire management. Now a customer can have matched color infrastructure equipment to achieve maximum energy savings and maximum aesthetic appeal.

Contact your local SEGI representative or CPI distributor for price and availability!

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