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Modern LAN Guest Blog: Outside-in, Build the Network Around the Devices You’re Using

By Dilip Srangan, Frost & Sullivan Global Research Director, Internet of Things (IoT) & Digital Transformation

Here at Frost & Sullivan, my colleagues and I have been looking at the conventional wisdom associated with building and supporting local area networks, and we came away with a serious question: Is the current way to do things actually the best way to support the Internet of Things (IoT)? The answer, it seems, is no.

The IoT has a significant impact on business networks, and all of the related requirements—including power, bandwidth and even where devices are deployed—are unique from anything else on the network. As a result, the way most network architects have grown up thinking about the LAN doesn’t work anymore. It’s clear that the industry needs a modern approach to network design. Modern LAN principles, developed by Frost & Sullivan, seek to develop a new set of best practices around local network design.

The first principle guiding Modern LAN design is one that particularly speaks to the challenge of incorporating IoT into a local area network: Adopt an outside-in approach to local area network design and planning. Before new endpoints are deployed, network managers must identify the power, bandwidth and application requirements of each unique physical device, in order to determine the best topology and infrastructure to support it.

Most network designs focus on the core network and move out to the devices that run on it. That delivers a homogeneous network, but it ignores the needs of the devices themselves—and the business benefits that said devices provide. If they take this approach as they embrace the IoT, businesses will likely pay for network bandwidth they don’t need, create a power over Ethernet (PoE) distribution nightmare and rack up a very large cabling bill.

The outside-in approach turns the design on its head, focusing on the devices at the end of the network matching them with the most appropriate network switches and power distribution infrastructure. With the outside-in principle applied, the network is more efficient and optimized for all the devices that connect to it. That, in turn, ensures better performance, thereby delivering the benefits and ROI promised by digital transformation and the IoT. Businesses can even save a few bucks by using existing and still useful wiring.

Outside-in is just one of several design best practices incorporated in the Modern LAN. To learn more, read the whitepaper “The Modern LAN: Rethinking Network Design for the Modern Age”.

Thank you, Dilip for your expert insight into Modern LAN design. Keep it locked on the NVT Phybridge news page for more industry analysis into the Modern LAN principles.

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NVT Phybridge FLEX Extender Kits Win 2018 Benchmark Innovation Award

Ontario, Canada (August 9, 2018) – NVT Phybridge FLEX Extender Kits have been named as the winner of the 2018 Benchmark Innovation Award in infrastructure.

The FLEX Extender Kits build on the success of the award-winning FLEX family of products, designed to extend PoE over new or existing infrastructures up to 2,000ft (610m) – 6Xs farther than standard Ethernet switches. The kits, along with the entire FLEX family of products, have already helped hundreds of organizations all over the world facilitate a simple, secure and cost-effective modernization to IP.

“We are so proud to receive this award. Our customers trust NVT Phybridge solutions to meet their most demanding security and uptime requirements during IP modernizations. The FLEX Extender Kits allow us to better execute on our mission to help every customer lower costs and disruption while providing a secure and robust PoE platform”, said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Receiving this award provides further validation that our innovative solutions have achieved the highest level of confidence in the industry.”

NVT Phybridge is the leader in Power over Long Reach Ethernet (PoLRE) using Modern LAN principles and technology to make IP connections efficient and cost-effective. The CHARIoT Series of switches help customers modernize to an IP-based network, transforming their new or existing infrastructure into an IP path with power. NVT Phybridge is a North American-based technology company with global reach dedicated to practical innovation, producing innovative and affordable solutions for over 24 years, with technology that is currently supporting millions of IoT endpoints.

Learn more about the FLEX family of products and the FLEX Extender Kits

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NVT Phybridge Accelerates Growth with Opening of New India Office and Demo Lab

Oakville, ON (July 12, 2018) – NVT Phybridge, the global leader in long reach Power over Ethernet technology, is excited to announce the opening of a new office and demo lab in India. Director Arvind Vimal David, along with his experienced team, will help customers in India efficiently modernize to the Internet of Things.

“India is a progressive market with many IoT projects and our long reach PoE solutions are well suited to help in the transformation to IP.” said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “The new office allows us to better execute on our mission to help every customer efficiently modernize to IP, lowering costs and disruption while providing a secure PoE platform.”

For over 24 years, NVT Phybridge has been helping organizations all over the world modernize to IP. The new India demo lab showcases the unique value proposition of the company’s long reach switch technology that extends PoE to more than 610 meters, and its ability to transmit IP signal and power over Coax, single-pair and multi-pair UTP. “The demo lab will help prospective customers understand the practical deployment of their solutions, as well as provide a laboratory for the technical team to attend to customer calls”, explains Arvind Vimal David.

NVT Phybridge has enabled customers across the globe to collectively save more than $100,000,000 by eliminating risk and fast-tracking their modernization to IP, maximizing the return on investment using the existing cable Infrastructure.

NVT Phybridge has also partnered with Inflow Technologies. As an established player in the IT distribution market serving India and South Asia, the strategic partnership will help NVT Phybridge connect with system integrators, resellers and customers looking to quickly and efficiently modernize to IP.

For more information about the new India location, visit http://www.nvtphybridge.com/india/ or email Rajkumar.robert@nvtphybridge.com

NVT Phybridge India team, from left to right:

Dinesh Prasad Ganes (Regional Sales Manager), Rajesh Chandran (Business Analyst), Rajkumar Robert (National Sales Lead), Arvind Vimal David (Director), Ammaiyappan Selva (Country Lead), Ashok Prabu (Technical Consultant)

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NVT Phybridge Introduces New Modern LAN Technology with the Launch of EC Extender Kits

NVT Phybridge expands its award-winning CLEER IP over Coax product family with the EC Extender Kits, making it more efficient for businesses around the world to move to IP and the Modern LAN.

Oakville, Ontario (June 26, 2018) – The NVT Phybridge EC Extender Kits are designed to supercharge the downlink ports of a standard Ethernet switch delivering PoE over Coax infrastructure with distances up to 4,000ft (1,220m). That’s 12X the reach of standard Ethernet switches, thus removing the costs and disruptions associated with multiple IDF closet requirements. Each EC Extender Kit is conveniently packaged and includes an EC-Link+ or EC4 Adapter, an EC-Base Extender, and an external power supply.

“The EC Extender Kits are the perfect addition to help us expand our product offering, making sure we can provide a solution for every customer need. The Extender Kits were designed to help customers enhance the capabilities of a standard ethernet switch by eliminating the 328ft (100m) reach limitations. Customers can extend IP/PoE 12X farther using the EC Extender Kits.” said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Businesses can now take full advantage of Modern LAN principles and avoid major traditional challenges as they look to connect IP endpoints to IP applications.”

The EC and CLEER series of products make modernization to IP simple, secure and cost- effective by leveraging new or existing coax infrastructure. The EC Extender Kits are enablers of Modern LAN principles and are IoTᴳ certified.

Visit www.nvtphybridge.com/coax-to-ip for more information!

EC Extender Kits Diagram

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BLOG: The Important Distinction Between “Reuse” and “Recycle”

“Reuse and refurbishment represent the greatest value recovery opportunity from used devices”

The terms reuse and recycle are often used synonymously, however it’s important to understand the difference between them. Recycling involves breaking down a product into raw materials, and then using the raw materials to create new goods. Reuse is to re-purpose an existing asset for a new use, and that’s exactly what our solutions do. We can transform your existing CAT3 or Coax cabling into an IP path with power to support various IP endpoints.

Recycling’s Environmental Impact

Ever since it’s explosion in the 1980’s, skeptics and advocates have debated whether or not recycling has a net positive impact on the environment. Surface level recycling benefits are obvious. Reduce the amount of waste that is burned or buried in a landfill, and conserve the Earth’s limited natural resources, which involves a very destructive process to extract. However, it’s important to understand that recycling does come at an environmental cost.

Unlike reusing existing wires which has a 100% benefit to the environment, trucks must transport recyclable products – requiring energy and creating pollution. Once at the recycling plant more energy is used, and pollutants created to transform the product back into raw materials. We must also consider what kind of products are being made with the recycled materials. Closed-loop recycling is most efficient. This is, for example, when a plastic bottle is recycled into another plastic bottle – and so the process can continue indefinitely. However, the closed-loop is often broken when items are recycled into less desirable products that can’t be recycled. For example, when a plastic bottle is recycled into plastic fibers for clothing.

Recycling Effectiveness

The effectiveness of a reuse strategy is always 100% environmentally friendly, however this is unfortunately not true for recycling. The effectiveness of recycling depends largely on location as each country, state, and municipality have unique regulations, programs, and facilities. The gap can be staggering. According to Eurostat, in 2016 Sweden recycled almost 50% of all their waste, while Romania only recycled about 13%. The raw material itself is also an important variable to consider. Aluminum is one of the most effective, requiring approximately 90% less energy when made from recycled materials. However, recycled glass only results in about 20% energy savings.

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides industry-led and regulated recycling programs for unwanted electronics. According to the EPRA, recycled cables and wires are harvested for their metal, which means non-metal components are considered waste.

Not All Waste is Recycled

As mentioned previously, not all waste is recycled. Many organizations modernizing to IP believe they need to install the newest cabling infrastructure to support their endpoints. Let’s assume a company is planning to rip-and-replace their current telephony infrastructure and operates out of a 40,000 square foot facility with 200 employees. Approximately 22,000 feet of cabling could potentially end up in a landfill. On the other end of the spectrum, a larger facility – such as a cruise ship – could have as much as 750,000 feet of telephony cable. That’s over 11 tons of waste! Many IoT endpoints do not have high bandwidth requirements, meaning upgrading to newer Ethernet cabling is both a waste of budget and an unnecessary burden to the environment.

There’s A Better Way

In EPRA’s 2017 Environmental Report, the organization states “reuse and refurbishment represent the greatest value recovery opportunity from used devices.” Businesses too often rip-and-replace their reliable and proven existing infrastructure in their pursuit of the Internet of Things. Do yourself and the environment a favour, let us help you transform your cabling infrastructure to support IP endpoints.

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NVT Phybridge, Inflow Partner to Help Customers Modernize to IP

Inflow Technologies acts as the perfect link to connect NVT Phybridge to system integrators, resellers and customers.

 

NVT Phybridge, a global leader in long reach power over Ethernet, has formed a strategic partnership with Inflow Technologies, an established player in the IT Distribution service market serving India and South Asia. Inflow will begin offering the NVT Phybridge CHARIoT Series, a portfolio of long reach PoE solutions that help customers modernize to IP with ease. Inflow Technologies acts as the perfect link to connect NVT Phybridge to system integrators, resellers and customers looking to quickly and efficiently turn new or existing infrastructures into IP paths with power.

Customers trust NVT Phybridge CHARIoT solutions to meet their most demanding security and up-time requirements during network changes. The most powerful federal agency in the world, the leader in space research, local and state governments, Fortune 500 companies, leading hospitality brands, colleges and universities have all leveraged CHARIoT Series innovations to eliminate infrastructure barriers and successfully modernize to IP.

“The CHARIoT Series solutions are designed to eliminate every barrier during the upgrade to IP. Security risk and breaches during network refresh is a top concern,” said John Croce, CEO of NVT Phybridge. “Our mission is to help every customer first establish the needed IP platform and extended IP connectivity to places where people are able to do their best work – comfortably, efficiently, and securely. We are excited to have Inflow Technologies help us with our India and South Asia expansion.”

“NVT Phybridge is a global leader in Power Over Long Reach Ethernet (PoLRE), and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with them,” said Rajesh Kumar, VP Tech BU of Inflow Technologies. In addition to welcoming such a prominent global technology company to our family of vendors, we look forward to working together on a wide range of strategic projects.

Inflow has tremendous experience in the IT Infrastructure Distribution market and has a team of professionals ready to deliver some of the best distribution services in the market today. NVT Phybridge solutions provide new capabilities to your network to support devices and applications at farther distances. We see this partnership as an important element of our distribution network which will widen the reach of our products and solutions in the market, thereby making it easier for our customers to do business with us. For over a decade, both NVT Phybridge and Inflow Technologies have been engaged in enabling partners and customers to deliver and adopt new technologies, with major recognition from the industry.

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