The Audio Video Bridging Standard is Key to Successful A/V Deployment

The Audio Video Bridging Standard is Key to Successful A/V Deployment

In our last post, we explained why A/V requirements should be considered when designing the network infrastructure. A/V has become mission-critical but many networks lack the bandwidth and Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities needed for an optimal user experience. In some instances, there are physical constraints — there aren’t enough IP addresses and Ethernet ports for A/V components. These issues limit an organization’s ability to read more...

Why A/V Requirements Should Be Considered When Deploying Campus Networks

Why A/V Requirements Should Be Considered When Deploying Campus Networks

Video conferencing, digital signage and other A/V components are an increasingly critical part of the IT environment. These components must connect to the data network for content distribution and control. However, few organizations consider A/V when designing the network infrastructure, which creates bottlenecks and performance problems and limits an organization’s ability to support many A/V standards and protocols. The traditional campus network model consists of read more...

Day 1 in the Data Center: Prepare for Constant Change

Day 1 in the Data Center: Prepare for Constant Change

Maybe you’ve just completed a data center buildout and moved all of your racks, cabinets and IT equipment into the facility. Or maybe you’ve moved your data center from one facility to another, or expanded into additional space. Congratulations! You’ve survived Day 0 — installation. Now it’s time for Day 1 — ongoing operations. IT teams have very little time to pat themselves on the read more...

Design Standards Help Ensure the Success of A/V Implementations

Design Standards Help Ensure the Success of A/V Implementations

The commercial A/V industry is growing at a fantastic rate. Products are becoming more affordable, which puts cutting-edge technology within reach of companies that might not otherwise have had the opportunity or desire to explore them. Armed with the support that integrators such as Rahi Systems provide, A/V technology has never been more accessible. The value of working with Rahi Systems cannot be overstated. The read more...

Open Source Storage Delivers Enterprise-Class Features in a Cost-Efficient Solution

Open Source Storage Delivers Enterprise-Class Features in a Cost-Efficient Solution

Data storage volumes continue to grow exponentially, creating challenges for organizations of all sizes. Smaller organizations in particular struggle to scale their storage environments and effectively protect and manage data to minimize business risk. Open source storage platforms can help resolve these problems cost-efficiently. Many small enterprises use consumer-grade network-attached storage (NAS) devices for data storage. These products are inexpensive, readily available and straightforward to read more...

OLED or QLED: What Is the Future of Flat-Panel Displays?

OLED or QLED: What Is the Future of Flat-Panel Displays?

If you were alive in the 1970s, you probably remember the videotape “format war” between Sony’s Betamax and JVC’s Video Home System (VHS). Betamax offered slightly higher picture resolution and better audio, but VHS was less expensive and provided longer recording time per tape. It turned out that cost and recording time were more important to consumers than superior quality, so the VHS format won read more...

Designing and Deploying WLAN for the Customer Experience

Designing and Deploying WLAN for the Customer Experience

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) have become the key piece of any enterprise’s core infrastructure and network planning. Businesses that have publicly accessible areas (lobbies, hospitals, airports, etc.) deploy WLAN for their mobile visitors to offer them comfort/convenience, and to improve the efficiency of their own business tasks. The Public WiFi can also be a means for generating revenue for that company or business. Here read more...

Cloud-Based Management of A/V Systems Keeps Meetings Running Smoothly

Cloud-Based Management of A/V Systems Keeps Meetings Running Smoothly

In many organizations, A/V equipment is becoming as mission-critical as IT equipment. These organizations are using video conferencing to enable collaboration among geographically dispersed teams, customers and business partners. Video conferencing reduces the time and expense of travel and enables people to get work done from virtually anywhere. When I started in A/V more than eight years ago, we would install video conferencing equipment in read more...

How to Use Aisle Containment to Increase Data Center Efficiency

How to Use Aisle Containment to Increase Data Center Efficiency

For years, organizations have been using hot-aisle/cold-aisle configurations to manage airflow in the data center, extend the life of equipment and lower cooling costs. In a hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout, the fronts of the server racks face each other and draw in cold air to cool the equipment. The backs of the servers also face each other, so that hot exhaust air is less likely to be read more...