Remembering 15 Years of Attending BICSI

January 29th, 2016

By Curt Carlson

The BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition will kick off on Jan. 31 and, to the best of my knowledge, this show marks the 15th year that Transition Networks has been in attendance.

That’s a long time in the technology industry, but BICSI (as it is known) continues strong. In those 15 years we’ve met a lot of great people, many of whom have become loyal customers. We’ve also gladly supported BICSI’s dual mission of creating standards for enterprise structured cabling and then training and certifying cabling professionals to ensure a qualified workforce.

Enterprises everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to BICSI as they discover  the standards that the organization has developed allows them to easily expand their networks to support growth or evolve them to support higher-speed networking technologies.

The market has changed significantly since our first BICSI show. Then, fiber optic networks were limited to service providers and campus network backbones. Handling fiber cable was mysterious and terminating it was more of an art than a science. Ethernet was the dominant networking protocol, but wave-division multiplexing was the predominant technology for backbone networks. The industry was still rolling out Gigabit Ethernet and 10G Ethernet was discussed, but still on the horizon.

Now, fiber-optic networks are common in enterprise backbone networks and in data centers as network bandwidth and security requirements make fiber the only real option. Many organizations are now looking at strategic use of Fiber-to-the-Desk (FTTD) as a way to improve throughput to high-performance workstations. The other big topic at recent shows is Power over Ethernet (PoE), which continues to evolve to support new, high-power applications.

As we prepare for this year’s show, we’re bringing technology that helps BICSI attendees  address these key needs in their network. Some of the products they will be able to see in our booth (#307), include:

Mini Hardened Ethernet Media Converters: The new media M/GE-ISW-xx-01 converters measure only 1.8 inches wide by 3.3 inches deep by 0.8 inches high, and support 10/100/1000 Ethernet with a range of fiber-optic connectors and one unit with a SFP slot. They are a small and cost effective way to expand the use of fiber in outdoor locations or other exposed areas.

Fiber-to-the-Desk NIC: The new N-GXE-POE-xx-01 NICs deliver the best of both worlds for desktop computers: high-performance, secure fiber connectivity with a PoE capability for VoIP phones or other powered devices. In addition to being in our booth, the N-GXE-POE-xx-01 will be on display in the BICSI’s New Product Pavilion.

ION Multi-Service Integration Platform: Another product spotlight we’ll have at our booth is the ION Multi-Service Integration Platform, a chassis-based solution for high-density media conversion needs. The ION Platform is based on Transition Networks’ comprehensive media converter product line, giving enterprises or service providers the most options and flexibility when they are seeking enterprise-class or carrier-class integration, optimization, and navigation of their networks.

While BICSI doesn’t feature singing and dancing acts in the booths, there will be some fun. The show will be holding its Cable Installer of the Year competition, allowing one installer to earn bragging rights (as well as a giant trophy and $5,000). At the Transition Networks Booth, we’ll be giving everyone achance to win a high-end YETI cooler by completing a short survey or having a winning cup/can koozie.

I’m looking forward to the show and to future BICSI shows, if for no other reason than to speak to the friends I’ve built over the years and to meet with new people. If you will be there, stop by booth #307 and say hello.

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Congratulations to Our 12 Days of Giveaways Winners!

January 20th, 2016

By Nicole McHale

Happy New Year to you all!

Thank you to those who participated in our “12 Days of Giveaways” contest last month! For those of you who were unable to participate, the contest allowed our email, web and social media audiences to enter daily to win items including a travel bundle, fireside bundle or tech bundle.

Congratulations to all 12 of the daily prize winners! Because of you, we were able to spread holiday cheer, with an occasional dose of glitter.

For the grand prize, we gave away an Apple iWatch to Greg Gordon, Public Sector Account Manager at En-Net Services. We were pleased to hear Greg’s warm thoughts about Transition Networks:

”As a small business, we really count on great support from our manufacturing partners. Transition Networks has been great in this regard.”

Again, we appreciate all who participated in our contest and for trusting Transition Networks with your fiber integration needs. We are looking forward to a successful year with all of our existing and new customers.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions as you plan for the new year.


Transition Networks Team Energized by Visit to São Paulo

November 11th, 2015

by Henrique Presch

The recent Futurecom conference held at the Transamérica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil counted the Transition Networks team among its exuberant participants.

This was a fun show, filled with the energetic vibe that São Paulo is famous for, living up to its reputation as the “Largest Telecom, IT and Internet Event in Latin America”.

The Expo Center was definitely buzzing with activity reminiscent of last year, where more than 14,500 visitors from around the world – including 2,500 mobile operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) – attended the show, participated in talks from over 300 guest speakers and visited the booths of 350+ exhibitors.

Transition Networks was there this year to showcase our full portfolio of Hardened Ethernet and Carrier Ethernet solutions, and discuss how our solutions help companies migrate to fiber-based cabling systems at a fraction of the cost of upgrading their entire network infrastructure.

Our sales team also met with current customers who stopped by the exhibit booth to talk about their latest projects and learn more about our newest technology.

Transition Networks Products Featured at Futurecom:

Video Surveillance

Enables superior IP video surveillance over fiber, copper Ethernet, and existing coax cable infrastructures in climate controlled and outdoor environments while monitoring from any network-connected location.

Hardened Networking Switches

These switches connect devices at the “edge” of the network with a combination of fiber and copper networking in manufacturing, utility, outdoor and potentially explosive environments.

Carrier Ethernet

Specializing in ‘last mile’ fiber access including: Fiber aggregation switches, network interface devices (NIDs) and managed demarcation devices.

The Transition Networks team enjoyed the São Paolo experience and is already looking forward to next year’s Futurecom show.


“Can I Take That CWDM Device Off Your Hands?”

October 29th, 2015

by Tim Orselli, Brian Inge and Todd Trenasty

You know you’re doing something right when a customer visiting your tradeshow booth listens attentively to your presentation and then asks on the spot if they can buy the product sample you are displaying.

That’s exactly what happened this month during Dell World 2015 in Austin. Our Transition Networks team had just finished demonstrating our CWDM (coarse wave division multiplexing) solution. The visitor was so impressed, they wanted to take the CWDM device back to work and install it immediately.

Transition Networks recently became a certified technology partner in Dell’s Technology Partner Program. Attending the Dell World conference for the first time as a Dell partner was extremely rewarding for us. We were able to create increased awareness for many end-users and resellers who had never heard of our secure, reliable fiber integration products.

Although the major themes at Dell World included mobility, storage, cyber security and cloud networking – there was immense interest in CWDM technology and a majority of our conversations were focused on the CWDM products developed by Transition Networks.

Turns out that both partners and potential customers alike were drawn in by the capacity of CWDM to address fiber exhaustion, create additional bandwidth on existing fiber networks, and alleviate the high cost of laying more fiber. Two attendees had actually just completed a big fiber install and both commented on how Transition Networks could have saved them a lot of money.

How CWDM Works

CWDM multiplexes multiple optical carrier signals into a single optical fiber by using different wavelengths (colors) of light to carry each individual signal.

CWDM increases fiber capacity in 4, 8, or 16 channel increments. By increasing the channel spacing between wavelengths on the fiber, CWDM gives our customers a simple, affordable method of carrying up to 16 channels on a single fiber.

When coupled with Transition Networks’ industry-leading media conversion products, CWDM can be utilized to transmit multiple protocols over an existing fiber link.

Benefits of Transition Networks CWDM solutions include:

  • Economical means of relieving fiber exhaustion
  • Passive equipment; protocol and speed transparent
  • Plug-and-play installation requiring no configuration
  • Scalability to grow fiber capacity, as needed
  • Saves costs of trenching, pulling, or leasing new fiber

All in all it was a great first experience for the Transition Networks team at Dell World. We established new relationships with companies and end-users from around the globe, across all verticals. And the visitor who wanted the CWDM device? Well, they didn’t get to pack that in their luggage, but they did sign on to become one of our valuable new Transition Networks customers.


Biggest Hits at BICSI Fall Conference: FTTD, PoE and . . . Lip Balm!

October 9th, 2015

By Curt Carlson

Nothing creates parched lips faster than dry, desert air – and that’s exactly what visitors to this year’s BICSI Fall Conference in Las Vegas experienced. Fortunately, attendees who stopped by our Transition Networks exhibit booth received a gift of moisturizing lip balm to save the day!

They also received the latest information about some of Transition Networks’ top media conversion products. Our booth staff found that the most popular attractions this year were the company’s Power over Ethernet (PoE), Fiber-to-the-Desk (FTTD), and physical security & surveillance solutions. We had both PoE and FTTD prominently displayed, along with many other products that people were invited to interact with.

Just prior to the show, we launched a new N-GXE-POE-xx-01 two-port fiber-to-the-desktop Gigabit PoE PCIe network interface card (NIC) for networks that need increased data security. This is a two-port NIC that provides a fiber-optic Gigabit Ethernet connection to a desktop PC, with a 10/100/1000 PoE port for connecting and powering a VoIP phone or other powered device. The PoE NIC pairs well with our ION Multi-Service Integration Platform, designed for network applications where multiple points of fiber integration and secure management are essential.

At this year’s show, I think our booth visitors related well to the PoE products and were able to tie them in to projects they are currently involved with. And while the FTTD product is more of a specialty application, everyone found it very interesting.

In fact, we had a lot of discussions about projects now under development. Many of our booth visitors were looking for immediate solutions to their fiber connectivity needs. This is a good sign for the cabling industry, because it means people are very busy, innovative solutions are being designed, and new concepts are being worked.

It always feels good to attend a BICSI show. Many of the people walking the show have used our products and are familiar with Transition Networks. These people come to our booth to say they love our equipment and they just want to know about the new products we are introducing.

But we also get to meet new industry participants. The key to our success is interacting with those who have previously installed our products, while also determining who is responsible for specifying our solutions into their new projects. We receive good feedback about our products from both groups.

For more information about our FTTD, PoE and other media conversion solutions, please visit our products page or contact our network experts at sales@transition.com. And in the meantime, remember to keep those lips moisturized!