Category: Data Center

The Structured Approach to Network Troubleshooting

Have you been on the receiving end of a call informing you that there was an “impacting event”, “service-affecting outage”, or “mission-critical failure”? If so, it probably came at the least opportune time; sitting down at a restaurant, just as you’re getting off work, or even in the middle of the night. This inspires a… Read more »

Top 5 Essential Tools Every Technician Needs

Having the right tool for the job is such a common-place phrase for good reason! Whether you are a network technician, a plumber, or a dentist, having the proper tools in your tool kit makes you more effective, efficient, and can help guarantee the highest quality of the job at hand. For a network technician,… Read more »

Let the Connection Begin! Upgrading with AOC’s and DAC’s

Did you know Integra’s mission is to provide you the highest quality optics with exceptionally fast delivery? We work hard to exceed the OEM specifications and capabilities on a daily basis. The best part of Integra’s optics is that they don’t impact your platform warranties and all our transceivers carry a lifetime warranty of their… Read more »

What’s New in 2022?

We’re all tired of hearing about “these unprecedented times”, but the pandemic has introduced some challenges and novel situations. Increased demand in the telecommunications and automotive industries paired with procurement, shipping, and delivery issues gives us the constricted supply chain we have now. This results in some pain when trying to get things done on… Read more »

Easily Upgrade Your Network with the SFP28

When thinking about choosing the SFP+ to SFP28 transceiver upgrade path, think of buying a brand new house, with an unfinished basement. It may not be ready for use upon move-in, but the potential to add those finishing touches are there! You have the capacity to do so much more with your house than they’d… Read more »

Seamless Integration with Semi-Custom Optics

When it comes to network architectures, there is never a one size that fits all solution. Distance, data rate, and density of the network connections can vary from one deployment to the next which ultimately drive your optical requirements. All of these requirements can also drive a network engineer crazy! Trying to reach those extra… Read more »

QSFP-DDs: The Benefits and Realities

The March of Time There was once a time when T1 speeds of 1.544 Mbps were considered a blazing uplink and a 10Mb half-duplex LAN got the job done. However, time and technology do not stand still and 200Gbps and 400Gbps links are in production networks now around the globe. These link speeds are moving… Read more »

Our Suite of Smart Coder’s and 5 Best Use Cases

Whether you’ve been using Integra’s Smart Coders for years or you’re just getting started, our suite of Smart Coders help customers save time and money by efficiently sparing optics and optimizing workflows. Having the ability to recode transceivers to different platforms and select channels on tunable optics decreases your need for a large pool of… Read more »

Top 10 Tips: How to Ensure Your Fiber Serves You Well

Selecting fiber for your project is not always as easy as you would hope it would be. With so many variations available, picking the correct ones can seem to be an overwhelming task. You also are focusing on making sure your selection is going to be reliable for as long as possible for as long… Read more »

Multi-Platform Coding Demystified

We all use pluggable transceivers of various shapes and sizes, but have you ever wondered what a pluggable optical transceiver is comprised of?  That small device certainly has a lot going on inside! A transceiver is a combination of specialized components, sensors, communication lanes, and a microcontroller to tie them all together.  Let’s dive into… Read more »