Network Communications News (NCN) September 2016 - Page 3

CONTENTS Contents THE UK’S NUMBER ONE NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE MAGAZINE September 2016 IT’S A GREAT TIME TO DO BUSINESS September 2016 5 Editorial Hyped up. 6 Industry News The latest news, partnerships, training news, comment, approvals and forthcoming events in the network infrastructure industry. 10 Talking Point Michael O’Keeffe at Emerson Network Power looks at how innovation and optimisation have impacted the physical network over the past three decades. 12 On the case Who is putting what in where. 15 Hot topic Chris Wellfair at Secure IT Environments talks about the benefits of multi-storey data centres. 17 Q&A NCN talks to Netgear’s Tris Simmons and hears his thoughts on network resilience, the IoT, wireless connectivity and more. 20 Project Focus Michael Crane talks to Schneider Electric about its work with Scuderia Ferrari. 23 Fibre testing Christian Schillab of Fluke Networks believes it’s time for a smarter approach to OTDR bidirectional testing for fibre infrastructure. 26 Cleaning fibre Edward Forrest, an expert on the fibre optic industry, looks at the many problems that IPA can cause when used for cleaning fibre. Special feature: Cable management & labelling 30 Combating zinc whiskers Tim Brown of Unitrunk examines the zinc whiskers phenomenon and the risks it poses. 33 Choosing the right labelling solution Gavin McCay of Fineline outlines five key factors to consider when selecting a labelling solution. 36 Data centre dilemmas – overcoming growing pains Mike Irvin at HellermannTyton examines the requirements of today’s data centres and looks at how cable management can play a key role in addressing some of the biggest issues. 39 Cable management & labelling round up A round up of the latest cable management & labelling products and solutions available to installers and end users. INSIDE… Upgrade to a Versiv™ now! SPECIAL FEATURE: THE NEXT LEVEL: WILL MULTI-STOREY MANAGEMENT DATA CENTRES BECOME Trade CABLE in your cable tester* for a brand new member of the & LABELLING THE NEW NORM? Versiv Cabling Certification System and save up to £3,100. GOING THROUGH CHANGES: THREE DECADES OF NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE INNOVATION A recent customer survey amongst several hundred Installers indicated that those that have deployed Versiv and LinkWareTM Live in their organization have experienced a 10% increase in earnings per completed job. At the same time they reported productivity enhancements in the area of troubleshooting in excess of 65%. Get smart too and upgrade to a Versiv now. Editor: Michael Crane With LinkWare Live SaaS you manage certification jobs anytime, anywhere, with anyone on any device. 01353 616117 | *Qualifying trade-ins include all cabling certification tools, any make, any model. Assistant Editor: Russell Drury 01353 616105 | Designer: Jon Appleton 01353 616114 | Group Advertisement Manager: Kelly Byne 01634 673163 | Advertisement Manager: Francesca Brisk 01634 673163 | Head of Production/Circulation: Sam Broad 01634 673163 | Business Support Administrator: Carol Gylby 01634 673163 | Managing Director: David Kitchener 01634 673163 | Publishing Director: Alan Goodes 01634 673163 | Accounts: 01634 673163 | ABC membership approved, pending first audit. The editor and publishers do not necessarily agree with the views expressed by contributors nor do they accept responsibility for any errors in the transmission of the subject matter in this publication. In all matters the editor’s decision is final. Editorial contributions to NCN are welcomed, and the editor reserves the right to alter or abridge text prior to publication. © Copyright 2016. All rights reserved. Printed by Pensord Tram Road, Pontllanfraith Blackwood, NP12 2YA 40 Essential Selection The latest products available to installers and end users. 42 Know How Greg McCulloch of Aegis Data explains how market uncertainty following ‘Brexit’ brings about new opportunities for data centre providers. Head office & Accounts: Suite 14, 6-8 Revenge Road, Lordswood, Kent ME5 8UD T: +44 (0)1634 673163 | F: +44 (0)1634 673173 Editorial Office: Alexander House, 38 Forehill, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4AF T: +44 (0)1353 616114 | F: +44 (0)1634 673173 3 03 Contents.indd 3 31/08/2016 16:53