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When it’s time to replace your old traditional phone system there are a number of Internet Protocol (IP) based solutions that are available to small business. The challenge is to select the system to suit your needs so that you can fully reap the rewards of cost efficiency and increased productivity. Before you purchase, it’s an idea to understand more about the underlying technology that will support your business today and into the future.
Firstly, why is protocol important? Internet phone systems depend on protocols to function. Protocols determine technology rules and parameters that enable digital devices, phone systems and computers to communicate with each via message exchanges. Protocols also dictate the very nature of that communication and therefore create an essential rule book that can be followed by developers to create “end points” or devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets or printers.
VoIP technology lets you use the internet to make and receive telephone calls instead of using traditional phone lines. It works by breaking down an audio signal into very small segments that are converted into code that are transmitted over the internet.
When shopping for a new phone system you may also come across SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). This is a “signalling” protocol that’s used in VoIP communications and allows voice, video calls, internet conferencing and instant messaging.
As a network cabling contractor, you need to keep an eye on product costs. When it comes to the cabling products you choose, you’re balancing your customer’s needs against what works for your bottom line.
Hosted data centres, both outsourced/managed and collocation varieties, provide a unique benefit for some customers through capital savings, employee savings and in some cases an extension of in-house expertise.
Electrical cable systems for safety-related installations and equipment stipulated by the budiling regulations must be designed or be separated by components in such a way that safety- related installations and equipment remain functional (maintain functional integrity) for an adequate period in the event of re.
For many years, Datwyler and fibre optic manufacturer Corning Inc. have enjoyed a close strategic partnership. Among other things, since early 2011 Datwyler has exclusively used Corning’s bend-optimised G50/125µm fibres (ClearCurve®) in all multimode fibre optic cables of fibre categories OM2, OM3 and OM4 – including the new Data Centre Solution cables.
The installation of high-performance copper data cables makes two conflicting demands on the individuals laying them. On the one hand the work requires great strength, for example when bundles of cables need to be laid in riser zones. On the other it requires a high degree of sensitivity, for the cables are information technology transmission channels, the capacity of which is constantly increasing as data rates continue to rise.
While a consideration, channel costs are only a part of the equation in today’s 10Gb/s world. In order to properly evaluate the benefits of each 10Gb/s copper cabling option, it is important to understand all the facts. This paper will provide current facts regarding 10Gb/s channels, pathways, labor and performance.
Optical insertion loss budgets are now one of the top concerns among data centre managers, especially in today’s large virtualized server environments with longer-distance 40 and 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) backbone switch-to-switch deployments for networking and storage area networks (SANs).
While it may be so that good things come to those who wait, too much waiting can lead to uncertainty. Take 10GBASE-T networking products, for example. The 10GBASE T Standard1 published almost six years ago and the long wait for network gear has provided fodder for the digital rumor mill to churn.
Workspaces are becoming increasingly social and flexible and are constantly being re-arranged and updated.
To determine how structured cabling can best support this evolving trend, Siemon studied the cost and environmental impact of various structured cabling designs used in non-plenum low-smoke zero halogen (LS0H) spaces..
The results are in: zone cabling deployments provide the optimum balance of performance, flexibility, and efficient use of cabling materials in today’s enterprise environments.
Workspaces are becoming increasingly social and flexible and are constantly being re-arranged and updated. To determine how structured cabling can best support this evolving trend, Siemon studied the cost and environmental impact of various structured cabling used in riser (CMR) spaces.