EU Sanction on Dual Use Parts to Russia

EU Sanction on Dual Use Parts to RussiaGiven the current political climate, dual use parts are the subject of new EU sanctions. The reason for the sanctions is simple: dual use parts, while normally used for civilian purposes, can also have military applications and can be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Because of the current situation in Russia, the EU has placed a ban on exporting military equipment to Russia, and this includes dual use parts.

If you trade in the global marketplace, it’s important to be sure that your shipments are in compliance. Because breach of sanctions is a criminal offense, we wanted to create awareness of this issue before any problems arise. In terms of the products and services that UNICOM Engineering deals with specifically, we believe that our customers should remain unaffected.  What the sanctions are specifically saying is this:

-          Dual use items to military end users in Russia are prohibited.

-          In addition, spare parts for military use items or military end users are prohibited.

-          Dual use as defined by the EU in Annex 1 of EC regulation Number 428/2009 states that “This prohibition should not affect the exports of dual-use goods and technology, destined/designated for non-military use or for a non-military end-user.

In the interest of export compliance, it is strongly suggested that shipments of dual use and non-dual use items be separated.  As other countries strive for trade compliance, delays in the shipment of dual use parts should be expected. For example, Dutch Customs has announced that all requests for export document approval for shipments containing dual parts will be held. These requests will be forwarded to the Central Service of Import and Export in the Netherlands, and that organization will determine on a case-by-case basis whether or not to issue export documents. As you can imagine, this will result in delays.

These measures taken by the EU are at the forefront of international efforts toward non-proliferation and must adjust as security risks and threats evolve. Regularly holding public consultations and maintaining constant dialogue with industry associations as well as academia and civil society, the European Commission strives to strike a balance between security and competitiveness. You can read the EU’s press release regarding these sanctions here.

UNICOM Engineering will continue to ensure compliance of sanctions and will inform clients of any delays caused by this issue. For a complete list of dual use parts, click here.

Our Global Logistics Services team is fully versed in global trade regulations, and we’re ready to help clients in every way possible. To learn more about UNICOM Engineering’s Trade Compliance capabilities visit our website and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

UNICOM Engineering Expands Canton Manufacturing Facility

UNICOM Engineering is proud to be a growing company. And with the growth of our business, we needed to expand our facilities. Earlier this year, we made the investment to double the size of our Canton manufacturing facility.

The expansion includes additional space in the manufacturing area which will also require additional staff to support the increasing demand on the facility. Breaking down the total budget of the expansion, over two-thirds was invested to improve the facility and the rest was used to purchase new equipment.

All these investments have been made to meet a growing demand we are seeing for post-sale services. Knowing the trend of the industry, the expansion will allow UNICOM Engineering to meet our growing demands and also provide additional capacity for future capital and equipment investments as we continue to grow. The facility improvements will not only help our manufacturing team, but will also benefit our customers by  allowing us to increase storage for customer owned materials. Additionally, customers will see benefits from our capital improvements as increased capacity for testing and pack-out operations which will reduce lead times.

With the new expansions, UNICOM Engineering is ready to serve your business, and expand business with our existing customers. If you are ready to find a global deployment and delivery partner, contact UNICOM Engineering at 800-977-1010 or sales@unicomengineering.com. To learn more, visit UNICOM Engineering.

 

 

Why is 12Gb SAS and 16Gb FC Storage Important for your System?

Why is 12Gb SAS and 16Gb FC Storage Important for your SystemWhen you think about your computer system, the chances are good that you aren’t thinking in terms of storage technologies like 12Gb/s SAS or 16Gb/s Fiber Channel (FC). You’re probably thinking about your operating system, or your software solution.  It has become a trend to rely on cloud-based data solutions, which leads to a lack of attention given to the system’s hardware.  Nonetheless, understanding your storage solutions is vital if you want to keep your hardware and software running at its peak potential.  Both of these new storage protocols will allow much better match to solid state drives and together can bring amazing performance for IO intensive solutions such as Big Data, data analysis, and high transactional solutions.

SAS storage is nothing new, and a SAS hard drive has long been understood as a reliable, efficient option.  What’s changed is the bandwidth:  12 GB/s SAS drives can improve performance and create new performance capabilities for your solution.  12Gb/s SAS is the third generation of the SAS protocol doubling its speed from the previous generation’s 6GB/s and carries over the ability to support SATA drives as well.

For many years, fiber channel (FC) has been the go-to interconnect technology, because it has excellent speed, performance, and extensive expandability and connectivity using Fiber Channel switches.  With a 12 GB/s SAS, you get performance somewhere between 8GB/sFC and 16GB/s FC, but for a far less prohibitive cost than 16GB/s FC. In other words, 12GB/s SAS doesn’t knock 16GB/s FC out of the running, but it does provide companies with a cost-effective alternative  especially for  direct attached soltuions.  Based on your solution’s needs, 16GB/s FC storage may be the best solution to maximize productivity, but 12GB/S SAS could be a viable alternative where a little less performance for a significant cost reduction could make  it easier to implement.  A common trend in storage environments is using tiered storage using SSD for high performance and  SAS drives for mid-tier performance, and finally large capacity  SATA  drives for bulk storage.   Both 16GB/s FC and 12GB/s SAS will allow seamless integration  of SSD solid state storage, rotational SAS drives, as well as SATA drives together to create an efficient, tiered storage environment.

It’s easy to get bogged down in technical details, like whether it’s better to have 12GB/s SAS or stick with Fiber Channel and go with 16GB/s FC. Rather than just trying to muddle through, it’s smart to join forces with a partner that can help you find the best hardware for your solution and integrate directly into your system. If you are looking for a partner to keep your business ahead of the crowd, no matter what your hardware requirements may be, contact UNICOM Engineering at 800-977-1010 or sales@unicomengineering.com. To learn more, visit UNICOM Engineering.

The History and the Future of Ethernet Speeds (40GE and beyond)

The History and the Future of Ethernet Speeds 40GE and beyondWhen Ethernet was invented by Bob Metcalfe and his colleagues at the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto in the mid-1970s, 40GE Ethernet probably seemed like the stuff of science fiction. At the time, 3Mbps was considered a “convenient data transfer rate,” but soon, Xerox joined forces with Digital and Intel to develop a multi-vendor 10Mbps, and by 1995, 100Mbps Ethernet was released. Today, that seems archaic and certainly insufficient for all we need to do. What should your business expect from an Ethernet speed today?

Since the 10 Gig Ethernet (10gb Ethernet, or 10GE) was defined in 2002, it has slowly become the standard. Part of the slow roll out was due to technical issues, because the cost of a 10GE infrastructure was prohibitive, particularly for small businesses. Then, too, the speed was considered by some to be unnecessary. In fact, an article published on arstechnica.com in 2011 refers to 10gb Ethernet as “ludicrous speed”. Still, as technology pushes further, what seemed ambitious in the past merely becomes adequate, and costs adjust too: it’s now possible to find a 10gb Ethernet switch that’s affordable for even a small business. With the growing technology, however, there’s a push to still higher speeds.

Today, the most efficient solution for most businesses is 40GE. While 100GE has been the goal for many tech companies, 40GE is a more practical solution, having both design flexibility and a lower cost than 100GE. For example, 40GE requires 12 fibers, as compared to the 24 needed for 100GE. Yet, 40GE allows companies to maintain the competitive edge with the ability to increase bandwidth to keep up with a higher demand.

What’s next? 400GE Ethernet? 1000GE? Neither is particularly far-fetched, with 400GE poised to hit the market in 2016. Whatever your business requires, whether it’s 40GE or 4000GE, you can be confident UNICOM Engineering will lead the way. To keep your company ahead of the crowd, across the globe, contact UNICOM Engineering at 800-977-1010 or sales@unicomengineering.com. To learn more, visit UNICOM Engineering.

Tech Score | The Future of ATCA

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The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA®) specifications, denoted PICMG 3.X, is a series of specifications originally developed to set requirements for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment. These specifications, which were developed over a decade ago, incorporate the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies, next generation processors and improved reliability, manageability and serviceability. More than 100 companies participate in the AdvancedTCA effort bringing with them a wide range of industry knowledge covering everything from telecommunications equipment to power supplies. But after huge projections of adoption and more than a decade later, where does ATCA stand as a viable technology for the future?

UNICOM Engineering recently conducted a survey of more than 50 technology companies currently shipping their solutions on ATCA designs to answer this question first hand. What we found is that roughly one-third of those surveyed said they are unsure or do not plan to use ATCA in the next 5 years. Conversely, two-thirds of those surveyed plan to continue with the standard for future products. Those who are “opting out”  are either moving to standard off the shelf rack mount servers or may still leverage some portions of the standard to create a market focused vertical solution.  The top reasons that companies plan to stay with ATCA are reliability, payload options, and upgrade serviceability. The full redundancy and centralized management features of ATCA along with low mean-time-to-failure continue to make it a solid choice for mission critical applications. Companies using ATCA have also been able to leverage DSP, SBC, and Packet Processing blades that are not viable in other form factors. And after ten plus years of deployment, many of these companies have been able to upgrade end customers into higher performing platforms using new hardware blades and software without requiring a forklift upgrade of the rack or chassis.

So what’s the final score?   

Certainly ATCA has not lived up to the huge projections from it’s early years, but the companies that are leveraging the standard have reaped a competitive advantage. They have seen higher throughput (up to 100GE egress), lower cost upgrades, and improved field up-time performance. It’s clear why these companies plan to stay with ATCA for the foreseeable future.

Intel’s Investment in Cloudera

Intel's Investment in ClouderaIntel recently bought a several hundred million dollar stake in Cloudera, a player in big data. The investment reportedly makes Intel the biggest single investor and guarantees them a seat on the board once Cloudera goes public, a move that is expected soon.

The young company based in Silicon Valley produces a version a Hadoop, an open source program developed to process big data. Cloudera has been involved with the development of Hadoop for some time, and is reportedly committed to keeping it open source. Intel is said to have abandoned plans to develop its own distribution of Hadoop, and will instead promote the already existing version of its new investment with Intel servers.

The change seems aimed at making Intel a key player in the Internet of Things (IoT). With more and more devices providing huge amounts of data through the IoT, the ability to use analytics to extract useful information from massive data has become necessary for many enterprises to stay competitive.

For instance, in the automotive industry, current models can report on driver usage and maintenance. This is accomplished in real time through a wireless Internet connection. Manufacturers can use the information to identify potential design flaws or to improve designs of future models to better meet the needs and driving habits of customers.

Hadoop is big data software that utilizes a group of servers to more rapidly and efficiently mine for useful information. The software manages the data by spreading it among the servers, then using the processing power of each server to work on a subset of the data before combining results.

Originally developed by Yahoo!, Hadoop had been widely used by Internet giants such as Google and Facebook before Cloudera developed an enterprise version. This solution has already proved useful in the banking, hospital and manufacturing industries. Intel appears prepared to bundle Cloudera software with its servers to provide a value-added solution to data centers.

Understanding IoT: The Internet of Things Explained

Understanding IoT The Internet of Things ExplainedThe Internet of Things (IoT) is not some future concept, nor is it just around the corner; it has been here for some time, and it’s growing. Fueled by the expansion of wireless and cloud computing technology, more things are now connected to the internet than people. That’s all people, not just people on the internet.

What are these “things” which make up the Internet of Things? The IoT is not limited to smartphones and tablets, laptops and desktops. Every year, more and more devices are released capable of internet access, exponentially expanding the universe of internet of things devices.

Heart monitors and insulin pumps generate real-time data available to healthcare professionals caring for patients. Cattle ranchers can monitor cows in the field, not only pinpointing their location, but also identifying those who are pregnant. Power stations, remote pumps feeding oil and gas lines, and even entire assembly lines can now be accessed, monitored and controlled as part of the Internet of Things.

Your car texts you when it needs an oil change or when the tire pressure is getting low. Traffic lights send real-time data on traffic flow, allowing controllers to make adjustments to relieve congestion and helping drivers change their routes. Gas pumps provide price data to consumers, alert distributors about usage and contribute to meta data sales measurements, all information available via the Internet.

The possibilities of the IoT are limited only by the imagination.

With information about the status of everything potentially available to everyone, anywhere, at anytime, security and privacy become serious concerns. A real threat exists, requiring constant vigilance to deal with those concerns.

If you think the IoT hasn’t entered your life yet, look around you. You might be surprised to discover how many devices — from cash registers to parking meters, gas pumps to washing machines — can access and transmit data over the Internet. The question to ask is not when it will effect you; it effects you now. The question is; how will you handle the increased data flow?

Interop | UNICOM Engineering

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Las Vegas Interop® Conference is designed to showcase the powerful and innovative solutions that are enabling and pushing the IT world forward.  The Las Vegas show is the flagship for the Interop series of events that includes New York, London, Mumbai,  and Tokyo and features 300+ exhibitors, including established players that form the backbone of IT organizations to new innovative startups with fresh ideas and products.

Trends:

Cloud Services has become an established option for IT Services, but there are still vibrant discussions about when and how to use the cloud for the best benefit.  Confidence in cloud applications and services is at an all-time high, but so is awareness of the limitations.

Security is probably the hottest IT need and concern. IT organizations still struggle with how to manage their ever more complex environment with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend making securing and managing connected devices a huge headache – and a larger opportunity.

Managing the ever-expanding storage needs is also a hot button as IT organizations figure out their short term needs of expanding storage as needed, but also looking at longer term solutions such as de-duplication and use of cloud services to archive older, less-used data. A new trend is the use of analytics to mine your data for valuable business intelligence as well as locate data risk and manage it appropriately.

Another big topic is visualization and managing the IT environment. If you haven’t already noticed the trend, IT enterprises are struggling to cope with managing the complexity of the rapid and organic growth of the IT environment with several products and breakouts exploring the challenges and solutions.

Naturally, UNICOM Engineering can assist for solutions in all of these areas.  We can help build a point of presence for a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution where the appliance serves local caching and management and sends pertinent data to the Cloud.  We can also help deploy appliances right-sized and tuned for complex implementations speeding up deployment, easing support pains down the road.

Visit us at http://unicomengineering.com/  or contact us at (800) 977-1010 to learn more how UNICOM Engineering can help  you achieve success in this dynamic and growing market!

ISC West | UNICOM Engineering

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ISC West, the world’s largest security industry gathering, kicked off on April 1 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas and set record attendance with 23,000 attendees and over 1000 exhibitors.  This is a fantastic show for security industry experts and security consumers to discuss cutting edge trends, solutions, and industry forces shaping this ever changing and dynamic industry.  Security affects all of us as individuals, business people, and consumers every day.

The show featured a wide range of products from door locks, surveillance cameras, IT security solutions, security management solutions, and consultants ready to help you put together all the pieces.

The ISC West is sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), a nonprofit international trade association that represents more than 350 electronic physical security product manufacturers, specifiers, integrators and service providers.

Industry Trends

The trend of connecting devices continues to accelerate with products such as IP based door locks, guard gates, and surveillance, allowing remote of multi-point security management from a single location.   This opens up many fascinating opportunities for companies on how to manage their security, but also opens up the risks (and new opportunities to manage it) on how to manage and secure all these new connected devices.  Many vendors are scaling up their offerings as solutions for very large companies, but also at the same time scaling down for the consumer market.   It’s a great time to be in the industry!

With the increased connectivity and demand for not just collecting data, but analysis to leverage it, the lines between security, network, storage, and big data continue to bur and are becoming ever more complex.  Because of  these forces,  there are more ways Unicom  Engineering can help build right-sized appliances that embody the unique challenges in this industry to simplify deployment, support, and ensure scalability  to  grow  with your customer’s needs.

Visit us at http://unicomengineering.com/  or contact us at (800) 977-1010 to learn more how Unicom  Engineering can help you achieve success in this dynamic and growing market!

The Latest Security Features Available for Server Based Security Appliances

Austin Hipes, UNICOM Engineering’s Chief Architect and VP of Engineering, presented some of the latest security updates for server based security appliances from the Briefing Center at RSA 2014. In this video session, Hipes will discuss some of the new features available in standard Intel architecture server platforms that enable security OEMs to deliver faster, more cost effective solutions. Included will be technologies that aid in secure data retention, key generation and encryption acceleration.

To learn more about how UNICOM Engineering can assist your business, please visit http://www.UnicomEngineering.com or call our team at (877) 638-3262.