The Ideal Intake Temperature for IT Equipment – And Why it Matters

It’s a common misconception that data centers need to be kept freezing cold. In fact, manufacturers recommend IT equipment intake air temperatures at, or slightly above, room temperature for maximum reliability, availability and performance – as high as 80.6º F (27º C). (You will find that temperature recommendations vary somewhat depending on the type of data center, equipment and cooling methods employed. Based on industry guidelines from ASHRAE, the recommendations listed in this document are appropriate for the majority of small to mid-size, mixed-use data centers we encounter.)
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Connect Your Laptop or PC to a Cisco Device with a Single Cable

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If you're a Cisco Network Engineer who is fed up with juggling multiple cables and adapters just to connect your laptop to a Cisco device, you'll want to keep reading. Until just a few months ago, a cumbersome two-cable or two-adapter-one-cable … [Continue reading]

What’s the Difference between a KVM Switch and a Console Server?

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KVM switches and console servers are both used to manage networks, yet their similar function often causes confusion. There are two main differences between devices: 1. While KVM switches can control PCs and servers, console servers can also … [Continue reading]

USB Charging Cables Can Impact Mobile Device Battery Charging Rates

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When you feel your phone, tablet or laptop is taking an awfully long time to recharge back to 100% capacity, you may be wondering whether it’s time to buy a new battery or even a battery charger. While it’s possible that your battery or charger could … [Continue reading]

Preparing Your Data Network for VoIP

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If you're switching to VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), you'll need to prepare your data network for real-time voice traffic so that users experience good call quality. When an email or a web page travels across your network, you want the data … [Continue reading]