Today’s Topics: Social Connection? | Rebecca’s Favorite Christmas Deal | New Use for Goggles | Cat8 Ethernet vs. 40G Fiber Optics | News to Start Your Day
It’s Friday!!! (2 weeks till Christmas Day!)
December 11th is Magnum Pi Day…celebrate and rock your mustache and Hawaiian shirt today.
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all have a great weekend. We have plans at our house to finally get our Christmas decorations up. I guess this means I should take down Fall, right? (Ha!) I’m planning to make a pot roast (this recipe by The Pioneer Woman is my favorite) and maybe do a little baking. We also promised the kids a Christmas movie night. ‘Tis the season!
Hey, are you on social media? We are considering adding some different ways to keep in touch. I’ll drop our social links below. Connect with us if that’s your thing.
Chat with you next week,
Product Spotlights & Updates from Rebecca:
It’s time for Deal #4 of our 12 Deals of Christmas and I gotta say, this is a great one!
We are currently offering one of our favorite conference phones, the CP-8831-K9 “NEW IN BOX” for just $315!! In case you were wondering, that is 43% OFF! This VoIP conference phone features high-definition voice performance as well as 360° coverage and a full-duplex two-way wideband audio hands-free speaker. We love the Cisco 8800 series of phones for their advanced features and scalability and we believe they are a sound investment for anyone looking to future-proof their space! With this phone, you get superior wideband acoustics with a two-element speaker for maximum voice bandwidth to give you enhanced speech quality and speaker recognition.
Hey! They can double as snow goggles too!
As we head into the weekend, I wanted to remind you that we are still offering phenomenal deals on Goggles! We have both Vented Goggles as well as Non-Vented Goggles so we are sure to have something to suit your needs! Check out our selection plus all of our other awesome Safety Supplies!
Also, don’t forget about the FREE SHIPPING code PPESHIP.
How does Cat8 Ethernet Compare to 40G Fiber Optic Solutions?
Enterprise networking is in an exciting place right now. Cat8 Ethernet cabling is finally becoming widely available. With that availability comes a drop in price and a viable alternative to fiber optics for 40G networking. This means that enterprise servers and networking systems have substantially widened options for all manner of applications. With that excitement comes the need for careful review. Today, we’re going to compare Cat8 and fiber optics in 40G networks to help you determine which is best for your own foray into 40G.
Before we look into Cat8 as a means of cabling 40G applications, it’s important to overview the basics. It’s a fairly new addition to the copper family, and it’s made specifically for high-speed service. Cat8 utilizes the same two-pair concept as other copper cables. The secret to the extremely high-performance speeds lies in the transmission frequency. Cat8 operates at 2 GHz. This enables a much larger stream of data through the cable each second, but it requires substantially more shielding to combat interference and cross-talk.
Cat8 can handle 10G, 25G and 40G networking demands at distances up to 30 meters. It still works with RJ-45 connectors, but it can also be sourced with Class II non-RJ45 connections when needed.
Why Is Cat8 Good for 40G?
Cat8 was made for 25G and 40G networks. They still represent an extremely large section of enterprise networking, so it makes sense that Cat8 is seeing rapid growth in market share. It is designed to be forward and reverse compatible with 10G, 25G and 40G networking equipment. This makes it a great choice for networks that are in transition to servicing higher data loads.
The biggest advantage of Cat8 is that it’s a copper-based cable. This eliminates the need for fiber transceivers, and it makes Cat8 significantly more cost-effective than fiber optics when it can be used. The thicker, more heavily shielded Cat8 cables cost more than other copper solutions, but it’s a clear means to saving money on 40G networks.
The other advantage of Cat8 is the RJ45 connection. This enables it to work perfectly with a wide range of networking devices. The flexibility is a powerful tool for upgrading systems under a budget. The legacy and newest systems can all be serviced by the same cable, and that reduces timeline and spending stresses that can occur with less-flexible technology.
Fiber optics have formed the backbone of elite data transmissions for decades. The technology has the highest capacity for sending large amounts of data across long distances at high speeds. It’s unparalleled when performance is all that matters. That said, 40G networks don’t require the most elite equipment on the market, and they amply service the majority of enterprise applications. Because of that, we’re going to focus on fiber optics that are optimized for 40G networking. That primarily consists of OM3 and OM4 cables.
Why Use Fiber Optics for 40G?
First, we have to acknowledge the drawbacks. Aside from cost, OM3 and OM4 cables are designed to work at distances of 100 & 150 meters. Those distances can certainly be expanded with additional equipment, but that feeds back into the cost problem.
That said, fiber optics are still prominent in countless 40G systems. There are two strong reasons for this. To start, fiber optics were servicing 40G before Cat8 existed. Because of this, fiber designs are more prominent, and it’s easier to learn from the experience of network designers who have been working with this technology for a long time. The experience gap matters, and it can sometimes overcome the additional hardware costs.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, there are 19,984,500 active cases worldwide, with 1,591,599 deaths. In the US, there are 6,409,700 active cases, with 299,751 deaths
- The Food and Drug Administration said early Friday that it “will rapidly work toward” authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on an emergency basis. The FDA statement came hours after a federal advisory committee endorsed the vaccine.
- Several states have adopted intensified restrictions, including a midnight curfew in Virginia and new “crisis care” standards in New Mexico that bar elective surgeries and allow doctors to ration care if necessary.
- Australia has ended the trial of a vaccine developed at the University of Queensland after some patients received false-positive HIV tests. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the vaccine was developed using a coronavirus spike protein and a protein from the human immunodeficiency virus that could not infect people, but still stimulated the production of antibodies in some trial participants. The antibodies then spurred the false-positive HIV test results.
- Disney+, now has 86.8 million subscribers. The company expects between 230 million and 260 million subscribers to Disney+ by 2024. Disney announced a $1 price hike for Disney+ in the U.S. to $7.99 per month. The company unveiled a slate of new streaming shows, including Marvel and Star Wars series for Disney+ and drama series and Kardashians content on Hulu.
- A top Clorox executive says retail shelves won’t be well-stocked with the company’s popular disinfectant wipes until mid-2021 as feverish demand during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to outstrip supply