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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  As applications become mirrored and cloud becomes more prevealent, are the Tier levels outdated?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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June 2, 2017

Open19 Project versus the Open Compute Project

The Open19 Foundation versus the Open Compute Project.  19" or 21", let the rack wars begin.   Once upon a time, the Open Compute Project (OCP) came about to come up with a better data center solution for servers, switches, storage, and power.  The solution was designed around hyperscale data center from companies like Facebook.  Facebook has been a leading force in taking the controls away from vendors that want to sell equipment that may or may not meet their compute needs in relation to price and wanted functionality.  While some of the principles are sound, some felt left out of the equation.  Further, the needs for edge computing do not necessarily fit well with OCP.  Enter the Open 19 Foundation! 

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May 10, 2017

About Paige DataCom Solutions

Paige DataCom Solutions is the newest division of the Paige Electric family of companies. Paige DataCom Solutions’ charter is to bring the best products to end users with value added services building on the years of expertise in standards, engineering, and innovation. Our customer driven philosophy continues through new solution sets for LAN/WAN Enterprise and Data Centers marketed to end users and system integrators in the intelligent building and data center spaces. High voltage, medium voltage, low voltage, system interconnects, copper, fiber, cabinets and security solutions build a significant part of our offering portfolio. We expect to directly impact our customer's businesses through innovative products enabling cloud, colocation and enterprise data centers, intelligent buildings and campus deployments.

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May 4, 2017


Today’s networks do not scale or perform well for the amount of virtualized servers and the volume of devices they must support. East-west traffic (server to server) accounts for 70-80% of all in-data center network traffic depending on the data center. The number of virtual machines requiring network resources is growing daily. The problem with today’s network architectures lies in the complexity needed to support a very different compute environment than a few years ago.

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