UNIGROUP GENERAL MEETING
Unigroup's June 2017 meeting will be on Computer Networking using Optical Fiber. Our speaker is from OCC, one of the major manufacturers of glass fiber, as well as both Copper and Fiber Cabling Infrastructure components. This meeting continues our series of meetings on Datacenter Infrastructure, and will make a nice followup to our Datacenter Structured Cabling Trends talk that we had a couple of months ago.
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Location: The Cooper Union (http://www.cooper.edu) School of Engineering (*** New Building ***) 41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets) East Village, Manhattan New York City, 10003 Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month) Located on the East side of Cooper Square. Look for the new building with the non-traditional appearance. Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street. Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk. Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for directions to the Unigroup Meeting Room. Nearest mass transit stations are: '6' to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union), then walk 1 block East and 1 block South. 'R' to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East then 1 block South. '4/5/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East. or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place. 'B/D/F/V' to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East. or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place. Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm. There are parking lots on Broadway, at (or just South of) 8th Street, across from the West side of Cooper Square, as well as various others in the area.
Topic: Optical Fiber Networking
Data Centers, Fiber/Copper Computer Network Communications, Structured Cabling, OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OM5, CAT5E, CAT6A, CAT8, PoE, PON, Singlemode, Multimode, Glass Fiber, Laser Optics, Best Practices, Networking Standards.
Introduction & Description of Talk:
The presentation will be covering how the passive infrastructure of optical fiber and copper interact with the various active equipment... and how to make the proper choice!!
Another focus of this meeting will be to explain Fiber Infrastructure for those used to working with Copper Infrastructure.
A. Copper IT Cabling: 1. History and evolution of copper technology from pre-categories to Category 8. 2. How AT&T started using IT Data cable. 3. Making the Choice of Copper Category Cabling. Copper Categories explained and how to make the right decision. Is the highest category always the correct choice? 4. Shielded/Unshielded cabling. 5. Pros and Cons of Utilizing Copper Infrastructure. 6. Power Over Ethernet- Current Standards and implementations. Future and upcoming changes and Issues with the implementation. What are the issues as we evolve to the latest version POE++? B. Optical Fiber Cabling: 1. Taking the mystery out of optical fiber cable. 2. Pros and Cons of Optical Fiber. 3. Vintage and current Fiber Connectors explained, and How to choose the correct connector. 4. Optical Fiber Cable- Pealing the onion back to explain exactly how fiber is built and the difference in core sizes. 5. How to implement the proper cable type: Multimode, Laser Optimized Multimode, Singlemode. Explaining the different types and categories of Fiber Cabling and where and how they are used. Is 62.5 micron fiber still a viable option? 6. Fiber Infrastructure implementation details. 7. Should we consider the use of Passive Optical Networking as a choice for my network? 8. Fiber Implementation War-Stories. C. General Information 1. Data Center Issues. 2. Building Codes that relate to IT explained, and the requirements to follow these rules. 3. Standards explained, and What the difference is between Standards and Codes. 4. The history and evolving trends for the Ethernet Standard 802.3. D. Additional topics and discussion points from the audience are welcome. Bring your Copper+Fiber implementation questions! E. Q+A
References & Web Resources:
Optical fiber - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_fiber Optical fiber cable - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_fiber_cable Fiber-optic communication - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber-optic_communication Single-mode optical fiber - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-mode_optical_fiber Multi-mode optical fiber - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-mode_optical_fiber OCC/Optical Cable Corporation Web Site http://www.occfiber.com OCC/Optical Cable Corporation Blog http://www.occfiber.com/blog/ OCC White Paper - Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) on Fiber http://www.occfiber.com/x_upload/news/files/1469115240_05052016_White_Paper_-_(BERT)_Bit_Error_Rate_Testing.pdf OCC White Paper - BERT Polishing http://www.occfiber.com/x_upload/news/files/1469115280_05192016_White_Paper_-_BERT_Polishing.pdf
Brian Smith, Technical Sales Specialist for the North East, OCC.
OCC: Technology supporting End User Clients, Consultants and Contractors with the OCC product line of optical and copper IT products and services since June 2015. Brian supports these entities with industry technical updates and standards. He works with clients and assists them with product and technology choices, helping them select competitive and technologically appropriate solutions.
Prior work history: American Communications Industry- ACI: Technical Sales/Systems Engineer; Anixter: Systems Engineer; Cableworx: VP-Technology; AT&T/Lucent/Avaya: NE Technology Support for Systimax Solutions.
Quoted from the OCC web site:
Optical Cable Corporation (OCC) is a leading manufacturer of the highest quality tight-buffer fiber optic cables and data communication connectivity solutions designed for enterprise markets and customized solutions for specialty uses and harsh environments. Today, OCC offers an integrated suite of quality, warranted network cabling solutions designed to provide outstanding performance characteristics.
For more information about OCC, visit the OCC Web Site: http://occfiber.com
Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.
Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.
As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.
Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.
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FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.
** However, due to a continuing situation at our caterer, we are planning to have: pizza (cheese+veggy), soda, water, cookies, and brownies at this meeting.
OCC will be sponsoring the food service for this meeting. Thanks OCC!
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!