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Unigroup's June 2017 Meeting Announcements



UNIGROUP GENERAL MEETING

Topic:
Optical Fiber Networking

Speaker:

Brian Smith, RCDD/NTS,
Technical Sales Specialist,
OCC - Optical Cable Corporation

Date:
Thursday, 15-JUN-2017      (** 3rd Thursday **)

Location:
The Cooper Union
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: 502    (*** New Building: 5th Floor ***)
** Please RSVP **

Time:
6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Cost:
Please see the Fee Schedule below.


MEETING INTRODUCTION

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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DIRECTIONS

   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.


PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Topic: Optical Fiber Networking

Related Topics/Keywords:

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.

Presentation Outline:

   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


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

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.


COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

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


GIVEAWAYS

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.


FEE SCHEDULE

Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group, and its members pay a yearly membership fee. For Unigroup members, there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during their membership year. Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

       * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.
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Members: Remember to bring your membership card with you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!


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!

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