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ezEX-RJ45 Termination Kits from Platinum Tools

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ezEX-RJ45 Termination Kits from Platinum Tools

Wire and cable preparation, installation, hand termination and testing solution specialist Platinum Tools launches four ezEX-RJ45 termination kits, all organised inside a heavy-duty nylon zippered case.

The first kit is the EXO ezEX-RJ45 (P/N 90140). It includes electrician scissors, cable jacket stripper, EXO Crimp Frame, EXO-EX DIE and 10 ezEX44 connectors, and provides an ideal mix of tools for both new and experienced installers. Meanwhile the EXO EZ-RJ45 kit (P/N 90141) includes electrician scissors, cable jacket stripper, EXO Crimp Frame, EZ-RJ45 Die and 10 EZ-RJ45 CAT5E connectors, and is designed to "allow the user to prepare and terminate with precision and speed."

The ezEX-RJ45 kit (P/N 90148) includes all termination, preparation and test tools required to properly terminate ezEX44 connectors with precision and speed in the field. The final kit is the EXO Deluxe (P/N 90149), which packs all termination, preparation and test tools needed to terminate EZ-RJ45, ezEX44 and ezEX48 connectors.

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IDC: Branch Requirements Boost SD-WAN Market

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IDC: Branch Requirements Boost SD-WAN Market

According to IDC software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) represent a major opportunity, with the global market set to grow at a CAGR of 69.6% and reach $8.5 billion in 2021.

SD-WAN leverages hybrid WAN, and adds a centralised, application-based policy controller, analytics for application and network visibility, a secure software overlay (abstracts underlying networks) and an optional SD-WAN forwarder (routing capability). It allows for cost-effective application delivery, meeting the needs of modern branch/remote sites, optimising software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud-based services, and improving branch-IT efficiency through automation.

The "most significant" SD-WAN driver for the 5-year forecast period is digital transformation (DX), or the deployment of 3rd platform technologies such as cloud, big data, mobility and social business. DX increases network workloads and elevates the end-to-end importance of networks to business operations. The increased use of public cloud-based SaaS applications is another growth driver, since SD-WAN is increasingly leveraged to provide dynamic connectivity optimisation and path selection in a policy-driven, centrally distributed network architecture.

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Platinum Tools Ships VDV MapMaster 3.0 Cable Tester

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Platinum Tools Ships VDV MapMaster 3.0 Cable Tester

InfoComm sees Platinum Tools launch the VD MapMaster 3.0-- a cable testing tool for  Cat-7, Cat-6A, Cat-6, Cat-5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, and Cat-3 shielded and unshielded cables, voice and coax.

“Based on the tremendous success of the award-winning VDV MapMaster 2.0, our 3.0 brings continuity testing, mapping, tone generator, and length measurement to the next level in one easy-to-use unit,” the company says. “Whether your jobs are commercial or residential, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 3.0 makes it a best value cable verifier for the professional installer.”

The MapMaster 3.0 identifies and maps 20 locations at one time. It also features a large backlit display, glow-in-the-dark keypad, built-in flashlight and audible beep verification to help installers working in the dark.

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Cisco Boosts DNA Suite

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Cisco Boosts DNA Suite

Cisco adds to the hardware, software and services making its Digital Network Architecture (DNA) approach, all designed to extend virtualisation and bolster security across campuses, branch offices and the cloud.

“DNA offers IT leaders a blueprint for building digital ready networks," the company says. "In just under 18 months we have seen over 1,900 organizations deploy our SDN controller, APIC-EM, in their networks and start laying a foundation capable of enabling their digital transformation."

On the hardware side Cisco offers the Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) 5400 series-- a 1RU Intel Xeon server with an 8-port GE switch and support for LTE, T1 and DSL connectivity, as well as Dual-Phy gigabit ethernet WAN and 64GB of memory. It is designed to help customers extend routing, security, WAN optimisation and other network services to branch environments, and promises deployment to be quick while covering security, QoS and management capabilities.

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Control4 Integrates BakPak in Pakedge Routers

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Control4 Integrates BakPak in Pakedge Routers

Control4 announces the availability of BakPak on Pakedge RK-1 routers--an integration of management software and router providing customers with a monitored, intelligent home network.

Essentially a leveraging of the February 2016 Control4 acquisition of Pakedge, BakPak manages both IP network and smart home devices. It also delivers real-time visibility of network health, allowing diagnostics and troubleshooting before problems happen, mitigating downtime and service calls.

“With BakPak monitoring the home network, the automation system, and all of the devices connected to it, remote management becomes standard for dealers,” Control4 says. “The connected home is a reality-- with an ever-increasing number of connected devices, integrators need more sophisticated services to meet the expectations of customers. That is why we are including BakPak on every RK-1 Router as well as every NK-1 wireless controller, to provide our dealers with the remote management tool they need for every customer.”

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