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All that data has to go somewhere.

When was the last time you did something that didn’t require an internet connection? Unless you’re living off the grid, chances are you’re connecting to an IP network at least every day, most likely at least every hour, and probably, if I had to venture a guess, almost every minute of your life.


Do they have WiFi there?


Do they have WiFi there? This is the first question out of my 10-year-old son’s mouth any time I announce that we are going somewhere. A restaurant, a friend’s house, the playground – it doesn’t matter. Wireless access is his first and foremost concern at any given moment.


Transceivers: The Latest Adventure in My Quest to Conquer the IT Universe



This is how Berk-Tek’s Fiber Optics Applications Engineer started my first lesson on transceivers, during the early stages of planning for our Transceiver product launch. My response? A wide-eyed blank stare, as I wondered with mild panic how I was going to get my head around this foreign concept…let alone master it enough to be able to write about it.


BICSI 2016: Confessions of a First-Timer

A year ago, if you would have referred to a conference of information and communications technology professionals as anything other than a snooze-fest, I would have laughed (and probably rolled my eyes a little). I’m new to the IT world, having spent the past 17 years at print services and marketing companies. The first time I heard the word “BICSI,” I responded with “Gesundheit.”


Meet Jim Frey


Here's another installment of TekTalk's "Meet the Presenter" series, which gives you a glimpse into the professional and personal lives of the people who make Berk-Tek tick.

This month's featured presenter is Jim Frey, Director of Marketing - Enterprise Segment. Jim will be hosting our first webinar of 2016 on January 21 at 11 a.m. EST. Register now for In 2019, Everything Will Change: Is Your Network Ready?


Meet Rakesh Sambaraju


Welcome to the first edition of Tek Talk’s “Meet the Presenter” series, which will give you a glimpse into the professional and personal lives of the people who make Berk-Tek tick.

Our first Featured Presenter is Rakesh Sambaraju, Applications Engineer for Fiber Optics.


Data in the Not-so-Distant Future


Imagine yourself standing on the sidewalk in front of the Empire State Building. Now look up. That distance – from the sidewalk to the top of the building’s antenna – is 1,472 feet. Now imagine there are 16 more Empire State Buildings stacked on top of that one. That tower of 17 buildings would reach more than 25,000 feet into the air. That’s almost 5 miles high!


VHS Tapes, My Daughter's Bike, and the Future of Your Network Infrastructure


When I was 10 years old, my parents bought a VHS video camera. It weighed 9 pounds and was roughly the size of a small child. That camera got dutifully toted to recitals and games, where my Mom would hoist it up onto her shoulder to record her children’s superstar performances.


Try Before You Buy


This morning I saw a TV commercial for a used car dealership that’s offering buyers a five-day money-back guarantee, allowing them to “try before they buy.” The gist of the commercial is this: If you buy a shirt and then change your mind about it the next day, you simply return the shirt to the store and get your money back. But what about something much more expensive like a car?


Next Generation PoE: A Hot Topic (or is it?)


Power over Ethernet is not a new technology. In the late 1990’s, while I and my fellow Gen X-ers were busy buying grunge-flannel shirts and mourning the end of the Seinfeld series, some much more productive folks were developing a way to transmit simultaneous voice and data traffic over the same IP network.