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September 13, 2017

Hurricanes, in the aftermath of Harvey, and Irma with Lessons from Katrina

What do you need to know about your cable plant, power plant and critical infrastructure following a hurricane?  Are your cables safe?  Can you reuse them?  When do you need to consider replacing them?  This blog discusses factors you may not have considered with respect to the hidden systems within a building. 

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August 22, 2017

Paige DataCom Warranty News

Paige DataCom announces a new partner to our warranty program.  CNET Certified Network Cabling Installers are now eligible to provide Paige's 25-year warranty.  The CNCI is in addition to BICSI certified installers.   Read the press release below.

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August 7, 2017

​Your Integrity Lasts How Long?

2-Hour Circuit Integrity Cables (CIC) are mandated in many buildings.  Not all cables are equal. In order to stop the spread of fire via cable and to assure that emergency communications continue during a fire, a new UL testing methodology outlined in UL 2196 is applied to the entire system and certificates are issued based ONLY on the systems under test.  This test is the defining test for Two Hour Rated fire cable systems.  



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July 17, 2017

Do 4 Pairs Equal an Intelligent Building?

With all of the talk of intelligent building systems and the need to categorize your cabling for all applications, are 4 pairs really required?  For many systems, 2 pair access control and 2 pair security cables are enough.  Over cabling a building does not enhance intelligent systems for the future.  In fact, many systems will never need the additional pairs or strands of copper and fiber.  Start at the end and work to the common areas.  This is a better use of money and resources.  

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June 27, 2017

New Lease Reporting Requirements Change the Colo Dynamic

New accounting rules require all leases not just capital leases to be reported on balance sheets.  Previous to this new ASU (Account Standards Update) companies used operating leases as a means to shift the obligation off of the balance sheet.  This practice made it harder for those evaluating companies to identify risk and evaluate credit worthiness.  There is a significant impact to the colocation market due to these new rules that will be required for most. companies starting January 1, 2019.  If you are evaluating colocation facilities, it pays to know how these new rules will impact your decision.

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June 19, 2017

How Redundant does Your Facility Need to Be?

How redundant is your facility?  As applications become mirrored and cloud becomes more prevealent, are the Tier levels outdated? Where does application risk fit into the expenditures required for the most critical applications?  There are many means to determine the redundancey of a facility from the Uptime Institute, BICSI, ISO and many others.  Does every application require the same level of facility redundancy across and entire companies portfolio of applications?  It's time to step back from what has traditionaly been done and really look at the benefit of each redundant dollar spent. 

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