Networks Centre is pleased to announce the introduction of the Training Hub. A new portal dedicated for IT Professionals to gain industry insight & knowledge, through an integrated learning environment.  Want to find out about our BICSI RCDD Course? Interested in our Siemon RI Training? Our new Training Hub offers customers a dedicated portal to discover our programmes, at Networks Centre Training Academy. Our new Training Hub enables delegates to view course content and learn more about our programme schedule. Highlights include: - Browse our categorised course types including BICSI, Manufacturer-led and Bespoke Training - Explore our technical experts section with links to Linked In and email  - Keep up to date with our Programme Schedule to learn about upcoming courses - View our venue hire page for training and meeting room rates Our education framework is designed to integrate with your career, with a flexible approach to learning. Each course meets the technical excellence set out by BICSI, ISO and TIA, to ensure we meet industry standards. Keith Sawyer, Technical Services Director explains: ‘Introducing the Training Hub reinforces Networks Centre’s continued efforts to add value to our customers. The dedicated hub will enable customers to engage with our programmes and enrol on our courses.” Networks Centre Training Academy is a BICSI Approved Training Provider, exclusively offering BICSI RCDD in the UK and Europe. We are the most reliable and relevant source for Data Centre and Infrastructure Training to suit all budgets and requirements.  Each trainer has over 20 years’ experience working within the telecommunications industry, as Installers and Network Professionals. Duncan Lindsay, Managing Director states: “Networks Centre Training Academy continues to go from strength-to-strength. The new Training Hub is the natural evolution of our Services and Solutions. Our industry-recognised courses fulfil our commitment to add value to both new and existing customers alike.” Networks Centre Training Academy provides the framework for individuals to progress within the Data Centre and Network Infrastructure industries. The facility is based in Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex, around an hour from London and close to Gatwick Airport. Visit our new Training Hub today to discover more about our industry-recognised courses. Speak to our Technical Services team today on 01403 754 233 or email training@networkscentre.com. More
With the ease and popularity of smart phone devices, Siemon have launched a brand new business application designed to connect you to a higher standard. The Siemon mobile app allows users to access online resources and to keep you up to date with Siemon’s latest developments. Gain knowledge easily with a user-friendly interface and access to essential information. Users are able to view Innovate, the interactive digital magazine and a host of white papers offering vital coverage on the company’s network infrastructure projects. The cabling and infrastructure specialist is renowned for the design and manufacture of high performing solutions for Data centres, LAN’s and Intelligent Buildings. The new application allows users to: •    Easily access product data, specification sheets and installation instructions ideal for ConvergeIT intelligent building systems, data centre, fibre and copper cabling solutions•    Explore the latest business and industry news straight from Siemon Infrastructure Blog•    View Siemons media library of how-to-videos, demonstrations and tutorials •    Connect with Siemon on Facebook, Twitter and other social channels One of the key advantages of the software is the ability to locate Siemon distributors, including Networks Centre. Users can also access valuable knowledge on industry standards: ISO, IEEE and TIA. As well as learning the benefits of structured cabling in the Shielded Cabling Resource centre. The software is available on most smartphone devices including the App Store and Google Play. The application can be used on the go or via Wi-Fi, making it an ideal companion when onsite or in the office. Networks Centre is the UK’s leading distributor of end-to-end infrastructure solutions, stocking the latest Siemon Cabling Solutions. Our range includes copper cabling, fibre optic systems and industrial connectivity.  We are an authorised Siemon RI Training provider, with quarterly training sessions available. Speak to our dedicated Account Managers today on 01403 754233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com for more information on our Siemon stock and RI training today! More
Modern Data Centres as we know it are changing. In the past, Data Centres took a more centralised design which encompassed standard components and racking. Modern facilities take a structured approach to management solutions. It is important for cable installers and engineers to take a closer look at cable management to ensure valuable space is utilised, along with maintaining network performance. Our ‘5 Solutions to Improve Data Centre Cable Management’ will ensure you adopt best practice, meeting industry standards for installation purposes. Ensuring you facilitate plans to maximise a data cabinet’s density, providing essential cost savings when streamlining equipment inventory. With networking equipment getting more compact, engineers must review cable solutions ongoing, to maximise density and infrastructure. 1. Low Cost to Advanced SolutionsPlanning is half of the challenge when considering the importance of good cable management. There is no single universal cable management system. The most common low cost solution allows engineers to use hooks which secure cable bundles. Advanced solutions allow cable runs to exit at multiple points. Investing in a quality cable management system can speed up the installation process, ensuring ease of installation. Other advanced solutions are designed to cover cable bundles, dressing and tidying components. Engineers can also organise horizontal cable trunks into manageable bundles to increase network performance which distributes weight evenly. Good Cable Management enhances operational efficiency securing the longevity of IT Systems and maintains network performance 2. Actions to Reduce Network Failure All engineers should aim to facilitate sound cable management to decrease the likelihood of network failure. Adopting quantifiable actions can reduce premature equipment failure and increase the longevity of IT Systems. Reduce the chance of network failure by: •    Increase airflow around the enclosure by securing cable trunks to side managers away from airflow pathways•    Reduce entanglement and kinks by using short patch cabling •    Use reusable loop cable straps instead of cable ties which puts less stress on the cabling bundle•    Consider lockable patch leads which can reduce accidental disconnects By following these actions engineers can expect equipment longevity and minimising the chance of network downtime. 3. High Density Fibre Deployment with MTP/MPOOne of the advantages of adopting MTP/MPO within a data cabinet is the ability to streamline the approach when deploying trunk cabling. The increased density from 2 to (up to) 24 fibres in a single connector enables engineers to install up to 24 fibres in one insertion.  This can reduce installation time by up to 70% compared to traditional optical solutions. Due to the reduction in rack space the cabinet is able to house additional IT equipment. MTP/MPO Style cassettes and trunk cables are easier to manage. This system also ensures that high bandwidth OM3 & OM4 increases the life cycle of the product. Our vendors also offer solutions for zero-RU patching, negating the need for patch panels and freeing up the 19” rack space for active equipment. MTP/MPO solutions offer improved density within Data Cabinet allow additional space for IT equipment. The addition of MTP/MPO provides a 70% reduction in installation times compared to other fibre solutions. 4. Be ANSI/TIA-606-B Cable Labelling Standards Aware The Industries Standards Guide for ANSI/TIA-606-B has been newly approved to ensure the administrative requirements of a Data Centre are covered. This new standard applies to all premise types and is recognised as a key factor in the installation process. All labelling should meet the following standards: •    Adopt different colour or size schemes per installation type •    To keep labelling format consistent and machine generated•    Ensure all racks, cabinets, patch panels, cable bundles, electronic devices and components are correctly identifiable•    Plan and execute a labelling system which is fit for purpose and adaptable for future applications All of the above can be achieved by investing in an affordable label printer. This will improve the overall speed of deploying labels within a Data Centre environment, but also increase consistency. Traceability is key within this environment as it enables engineers to locate equipment and cabling more effectively. 5. Improve MAC (Moves, Adds and Changes) Process Whether engineers are upgrading a single network switch or a large scale upgrade, IT architects should adopt good practice of traceability. Documentation should be complete enough to provide staff with a template to execute network alterations. Labelling cable bundles and component identification forms a small part of the process which can result in a more streamlined process. If technicians and engineers adopt higher standards of traceability, the process of MAC can be executed smoothly. Overall, good cable management and labelling can enhance the overall process resulting in decreased engineer call outs and network downtime. Networks Centre stocks the latest cable management and containment systems from brand partners Panduit and Prism Enclosures. This includes blanking panels, cable trays and ring cable management available with next day delivery. More
Raritan has recently reinvented the Transfer Switch for intelligent racks. Help your data center to keep equipment up and running, despite any power outages, with the new PX3TS-5000. Transfer loads between two sources quickly, and reliably, whilst monitoring and analysing health, insights and energy usage both locally and remotely. This new switch is faster with better performance and improved reliability, plus cheaper, compared to standard switches. Ideal for cloud computing infrastructures and data center racks with one-power-supply devices. The PX3 is the only rack transfer switch with power metering, energy quality monitoring and support for optional environmental sensors. Some features of the switch are: • Current sampling at 4,800 times per second for load transfers within 4 to 8ms • Offers a 30% larger relay contact surface area for larger currents • Local and remote web-based monitoring and control and alarms • Eliminates electrical arching and offers surge protection • USB ports for Wi-Fi, camera, tablet and cascading • Intel surge protection and field replaceable, fast-blow fuses for short circuit protection • Supports Raritan plug-and-play environment sensors • Energy efficient and produces less heat. 20W power consumption Raritan are a leading manufacturer of DCIM and PDU solutions, and this new product is award-winning with a patent-pending hybrid design.  For more information on Raritan’s power products, or any other network or physical infrastructure product, please contact your account manager on 01403 754233 or email enquiries@networkscentre.com. More
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