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In-building mobile
landscape changing
One of the sessions I enjoyed during the BICSI
CONNECTIVITY Winter Conference held in early February was
R&M enters U.S. with titled "New funding trends for bringing mobile
Realm deal broadband inside." The panel discussion featured
vendors that serve the on-premises distributed
antenna system (DAS) marketplace, and DAS
dominated the conversation.
Metal-clad cable for When the session ended, discussions of fund-
healthcare lighting PATRICK McLAUGHLIN ing kept many audience members hanging around for a while. The conference venue's staff
was removing the chairs from the ballroom and
carrying away the podium while DAS stakeholders remained in lively con-
versation about who is likely to pay for what, under which circumstances. If I
INSTALLATION heard one conversation correctly, a few years ago one wireless carrier funded
Cabling lineman's pliers the DAS installation inside the stadium of a college football perennial pow-
erhouse. Today a different carrier expects the university to fund what will
be a very similar project. Scenarios like this one appear to be playing out all
over the place.
Shortly before the BICSI Conference took place, the United States' First
Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) issued its request for proposal for the
deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network. Established by
Congress via the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act in 2012, FirstNet
was created "to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment
Category cable for and operation of the nationwide public safety broadband network for local,
office, home state, regional, tribal and federal first responders and other public safety per-
sonnel," the authority says.
The RFP issued on January 13 seeks to create a public-private partnership
Flat data cable survives to create the network, and the U.S.'s four largest wireless carriers are the most
sub-zero temps likely to bid. The financial terms of the project are complicated. As Damon
Verial commented on Seeking Alpha, "The monetary exchange is a $6.5 billion
deal from the government to the winning bidder, then $5.6 billion back to the
government afterward. ... There must be other revenue streams at play here,
but the RFP does not mention them ... The wireless companies are bidding for
an uncertain deal." Verial's column is aimed at investors and sizes up whether
it will be a good or bad idea to invest in whichever carrier wins the bid. To
oversimplify his message: It's complicated.
In a way the FirstNet initiative faces the same question as many DAS proj-
ects: Who is likely to pay whom, for what, under what circumstances? Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 3


Sorting out fiber-optic

cable options
The choice is far more than simply Because of its larger core size,
multimode or singlemode. 62.5-micron fiber offered a greater nu-
merical aperture (NA), an optical char-
BY PATRICK McLAUGHLIN acteristic that determines the fibers
ability to accept and carry light. At
that time, light sources within optical
transceivers were light-emitting diodes
For a cabling system end-user organi- were available, one with a 62.5-mi- (LEDs). Compared to the laser-based
zation that is getting ready to imple- cron core and another with a 50-mi- light sources used today, LED sources
ment a fiber-optic infrastructure for cron core. Outside of telecommunica- emitted broad light beams; some of
the first timeor for the first time in a tions providers, the 50-micron version the emitted light entered the fiber core
long whilethe considerations that go gained popularity among some govern- and some did not. A 62.5-micron fibers
into choosing the most appropriate op- ment and specifically military applica- higher NA, enabled by its larger core, al-
tical medium are more plentiful than tions. But in commercial and enterprise lowed it to capture and transmit more
ever. This article will focus on tech- environments, 62.5-micron fiber was the light than a 50-micron fiber, with a
nologies and applications surround- more-popular option. lower NA, could.
ing multimode fi-
ber. The merits of Ethernet link distance/application mapping
singlemode fiber in Link speed
data center, cam-
pus and enterprise 100BASE-FX
networks should OM3
not be slighted multimode fiber
and will be ad- OM4
10 Gb/s OM4
dressed separately MM fiber
10BASE-SR MM fiber (Engr. soln.)
in other articles. OM3 OM4 OM4
MM fiber MM fiber
Up until the 40 Gb/s multimode fiber (Engr. soln.)
(Engr. soln.) (Engr. soln.)
mid-1990s the op-
tions were fairly 100 Gb/s multimode
straightforward. 100BASE-SR10 Single-mode
Singlemode fi- fiber
100 Gb/s OM4
ber provided prac- 100GBASE-SR4 fiber
tically unlimited Link distance 70m 100m 150m 300m 400m 550m 1000m >1000m
bandwidth and ex-
tremely long dis- Presented by OFSs John Kamino during the BICSI Winter Conference in February, this chart focuses on
tance. For multi- Ethernet link distances and the optical fiber types that support those distances. Note the absence of
mode fiber, two OM1 and OM2 fiber from the chart. The ANSI/TIA-568.3-D standard, recently approved for publication,
primary versions relegated OM1 and OM2 to the standards annex and no longer recommends them for new installations. Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 5

Sorting out fiber-optic cable options continued

Gigabit game-changer FDDI-grade fiber could, and still can, multimode fiber that was produced in
The advent of gigabit-speed optical support 850-nm VCSEL-based Gigabit such a way that it was optimized to sup-
transmission, and Gigabit Ethernet Ethernet, but to a shorter distance than port 850-nm-generated signals to long
in particular, changed the landscape other grades of fiber. distances. This type of fiber is commonly
of multimode fiber specification. Gig For its part, 50-micron fibers band- referred to as laser-optimized 50-micron
speeds require the use of vertical cavity width at 850 is higher than 62.5-micron multimode, although it is optimized spe-
surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which fibers (500 to 200, cifically for the 850-nm window, as op-
generate narrow light beams, in contrast enabling it to support 850-nm-based posed to being optimized for any laser
to LEDs broad beams. As such, an opti- Gigabit Ethernet for longer distances source in any operating window.
cal fibers numerical aperture no longer than 62.5-micron fiber550 meters
played an important role in determin- to 275 meters. OM nomenclature
ing a fibers information-carrying ca- The tenfold leap in speed from Gigabit With the emergence of this new multi-
pacity. Furthermore, VCSELs that gen- Ethernet to 10-Gigabit Ethernet gave rise mode fiber type, and the practical need
erate Gigabit Ethernet signals operate in to the development of OM3 fiber. As the to distinguish each type from the oth-
the 850-nanometer operating window. entire fiber-based 10-Gigabit Ethernet ers, eventually the industry adopted
Much of the 62.5-micron fiber deployed ecosystem was coming to life, it became the OM nomenclature defined in the
through the mid-1990s was FDDI-grade apparent that a need existed for a bet- ISO/IEC 11801 specification. The three
(Fiber Distributed Data Interface) fi- ter-performing multimode fiber that types described to this point are desig-
ber, best equipped to support LEDs that could provide long-distance 10-GbE nated OM1, OM2 and OM3. While mul-
operated in the 1300-nm window be- transmission in the 850-nm window. To tiple criteria determine a fibers grade,
cause the fiber has a higher bandwidth meet the industrys need, manufactur- its minimum bandwidth at 850 nm,
at 1300 nm than it does at 850 nm. That ers of optical fiber developed a 50-micron measured in, is a significant
Sorting out fiber-optic cable options continued

criterion. Specifically, OM1s 850-nm History repeats better loss performance, and therefore
bandwidth is 200; OM2s is 500; To some extent the technological devel- the ability to support longer-distance
OM3s is 1,500. opment that led to OM3s development 10G. With OM3 being the highest-per-
The aforementioned bandwidth repeated itself and resulted in the in- forming standardized multimode fiber,
performance levels are measured us- troduction of OM4 fiber. After OM3 fi- vendors, users and others in the indus-
ing what is known as the overfilled ber was established and its guaranteed try frequently used the term OM3+ to
launch (OFL) method. Another band- 10GBase-SR distance was specified, fi- refer to fibers with bandwidth and per-
width-measurement method, called ef- ber manufacturers developed better-per- formance levels that exceed those speci-
fective modal bandwidth (EMB), is a cal- forming fibers with higher bandwidth, fied for OM3.
culated measurement. EMB bandwidth
exists for OM3 fiber, but not for OM1

or OM2. OM3 fibers minimum EMB is

As a practical matter for user or-
ganizations, OM1 fiber can support
1000Base-SXthe 850-nm variant of
Gigabit Ethernetto 275 meters. OM2
provides 550 meters of support. When
speeds go up to 10 Gbits/sec in the form
of 10GBase-SR, OM1 supports 33 meters,
OM2 supports 82 meters and OM3 sup-
ports 300 meters.
Notably, however, the ANSI/
TIA-568.3-D Optical Fiber Cabling
Components Standard was approved
and released for publication in February.
Table 1 in that standard no longer in-
cludes OM1 or OM2 fiber performance
grades. They have been moved to the
standards annex and are no longer rec-
ommended for use in fiber-optic instal-
lations. OM3 is now the minimum rec-
ommended performance grade.
That relegation to the standards an-
nex is unlikely to prevent users from
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cron core, cannot be combined with snap in place. For more information on our products,
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Sorting out fiber-optic cable options continued

Meanwhile the development of 40- and 100-Gbit Ethernet was

shaping up to shorten the distances OM3 could achieve, akin to
but not quite as dramatic as the shorter distances to which OM1
and OM2 can support 10G. The need for a higher-performance,
longer-reaching multimode fiber ultimately resulted in the spec-
ification of OM4.
When the TIA approved its OM4 fiber specification in 2009,
CommScopes Paul Kolesar explained in an article we published,
Not everyone could wait for the new OM4 standard to emerge.
Early adopters have been enjoying OM4 capability for more than
five years. By the time the TIA committees were voting on the
new OM4 specifications, hundreds of data centers around the
world were already running smoothly with next-generation, OM3-
exceeding fiber cabling that would later meet OM4 standards
most of which had been installed years ahead of time Some of
the same laser-optimized fiber cables that exceeded OM3 stan-
dards now meet TIAs OM4 standard. The OM4 standard adopted
VISIT US ONLINE! the most-stringent of the proposals that were submitted for con-
sideration, so cables that adhere only to less-stringent specifica-
GREENLEECOMMUNICATIONS.COM tions cannot claim compliance. (OM4 fiber cabling standard for
next-generation data centers, October 2009)
OM4s minimum EMB at 850 nm is 4,700, and its mini-
mum OFL bandwidth at 850 nm is 3,500 Like OM1, OM2,
and OM3, it has a minimum OFL bandwidth of 500 at 1300
nm. OM4 supports 40GBase-SR4 and 100GBase-SR10 to 150 meters;
OM3 supports both to 100 meters.
While this article addresses optical fiber, the importance of
connectivity in high-speed links cannot be ignored. In an opti-
cal link of any distance, the fiber will contribute some signal loss;
points of connectivity in those links are more-significant con-
tributors of loss. The ability to extend transmission distance at a
given speed (e.g. 10 Gbits/sec) is enabled by decreasing connection
losses. Nonetheless, the optical fiber plays a significant role in ac-
cepting and carrying optical communications light pulses, and
the information in this article details them.

Multiple wavelength capability

Over the past approximately 18 months another multimode fiber
type has emerged and advanced significantly toward official stan-
dard specification. Dubbed wideband multimode fiber (WBMMF),
the medium is being referred to by some as OM4+ reminiscent
of the decade-earlier OM3+. However, the differences between
WBMMF and OM4 are more significant than those between OM4
and OM3. Specifically, WBMMF is being developed to support op-
tical transmission at multiple operating windows through what is
known as wave-division multiplexing (WDM). Whereas the 850-
nm window has been primary, and OM3 as well as OM4 fibers
are bandwidth-optimized to support transmission within that
specific window, WBMMF will support transmission in four
separate operating windows.
The essential value proposition of WBMMF is that rather
than needing four separate fibers to transmit four distinct opti-
cal signals, the signals can be sent down a single fiber over four Visit us at
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850 nm. As a practical matter, OM3 and OM4 fibers can support
high-speed transmission at 850 nm only. WBMMF will support
high-speed transmission at four wavelengths. One application
of WBMMF could be for each optimized wavelength to provide
a 10-Gbit/sec traffic lane, enabling a duplex WBMMF connec-
tion to accommodate 40-Gbit/sec transmission. Another appli-
cation could be for each lane to support 25 Gbits/sec, enabling
a duplex WBMMF connection to accommodate 100-Gbit/sec
transmission. Scaling that 25-Gbit/sec/lane model would allow
400-Gbit/sec transmission over 8 wideband multimode fibers.
Accomplishing objectives like these requires development
of transceivers to perform WDM. While standards efforts are
ongoing and the exact wavelengths have not been finalized,
standards makers efforts have been to specify a WBMMF that
is optimized at four wavelengths roughly between 850 and 950
nm. In general, the wider the spacing between the optimized
wavelengths, the more readily transceiver manufacturers can
produce WDM equipment economically.
WBMMFs optimization at 850 nm will make it back-
ward-compatible with OM4. WBMMF is in production and
available for purchase today. Its promise of OM4 backward com-
patibility means users can specify WBMMF and use it for OM4- Building-up next
based applications today, and in doing so provide themselves
with the capability to support WDM applications in the future. generation data centers
At the BICSI Winter Conference held in early February,
OFS multimode optical fiber product manager John Kamino Discover the building blocks for next generation
delivered a presentation titled Next Generation Multimode data centers. Keeping data centers up to date is a cons-
Fiber. In that presentation he described the drivers behind tant challenge. It requires agile adaption to data growth,
the need for more-capable multimode fiber, the current stan- as well as seamless combination of connection
dards scene within the TIA as well as the IEEE (Ethernet) and types. Our fiber management system offers you excellent
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Ethernet link distances and the most appropriate fiber types
for them comes from Kaminos presentation. That presenta-
tion can be accessed and downloaded at
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3 questions to consider
when choosing an enclosure
An enclosure affects an applications appearance down the road. A wall-mounted prod-
and functionality. Three key questions can help uct, for example, needs to be eas-
ily removable or include a detachable
engineers choose one that maximizes both.
front panel that allows for any quick
fixes to be made.
BY CARRIE RUBIN, Newark element14
and NICOLA KAY, CamdenBoss Is the molding material
flame retardant?
Although design may be what
catches the eyes of most consum-
Demand for aesthetically appealing and role in determin- ers, the enclosures resistance to
cost-effective enclosures often requires ing whether an en- extreme temperatures is vital
engineers to straddle the line between closure is right in predicting whether an en-
form and function. Striking a balance for your applica- gineers application sinks or
between the two, however, this is no tion. While ventila- swims. Most enclosures
easy task. Following are three questions tion slots help cope In addition to the aesthetic on the market today are
engineers should consider when search- with the heat created appeal of their colorful molded from acrylonitrile
ing for an enclosure that blends style by circuitry within presentation, these butadiene styrene (ABS)
and substance. the enclosure, they electronics enclosures or similar materials. Even
The questions and answers relate to also weaken the over- serve the functional though the materials are
product-design engineers and to sys- all strength of it. Other purpose of allowing access, often UL94-V0 flame re-
tem engineers and planners. The mate- options such as a fully via their detachable front tardant, many users fail
rial in this article can be beneficial to sealed base boost panels, for wall-mount to realize moldings made
engineers who design products that are strength and reduce installations. from such materials may
housed in enclosures, and to profession- assembly cost for us- not be flame retardant,
als who are responsible for the installed ers, but can fall short due to thinner side walls
systems containing enclosures and when it comes to lowering the tempera- that cannot handle excessive heat.
the electronics equipment contained ture within the enclosure. It is import- Avoid leaving your product suscepti-
within them. ant to have a good understanding of ble to failure from high temperatures by
which elements are crucial to the suc- using polycarbonate, an alternative that
How will the enclosure be designed, cess and efficiency of your product. improves the robustness of the mold-
installed and maintained? Before making any decisions, con- ing. The added durability is especially
There are a wide variety of enclosures to sider how the components fit within important for areas in which heavier
choose from, each with its own unique the enclosure to be sure youre not sac- components, such as relays and trans-
set of advantages and disadvantages. rificing valuable functionality in favor formers, are fitted. Adding a matte fin-
The best enclosure, however, is one that of a sleek design. It is also important to ish to the material will help cover up the
meets the needs of your specific prod- take into account how you plan on in- polycarbonates potentially unappeal-
uct. Design is one factor that plays a big stalling and maintaining the enclosure ing exterior. Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 11

3 questions to consider when choosing an enclosure continued

What Ingress Protection an enclosure protects against solids and

marking is required? liquids. You should also note that any
The ultimate goal of any enclosure is to computer numerical control (CNC) mill-
keep the application inside safe at all ing or drilling will affect the IP marking
times. But until its put to the test, it can of your enclosure, making it important
be difficult to tell just how much protec- to double check the rating as often as
tion an enclosure provides. The Ingress possible. Enjoy peace of mind by specify-
Protection (IP) marking classifies and ing an enclosure that ensures the safety
rates the degree of protection offered of the product inside.
against intrusion from body parts, dust, An enclosure affects both the appear-
accidental contact and water. Published ance and functionality of an applica-
by the International Electrotechnical tion. Choosing one that maximizes both
Commission, the IP marking aims to attributes takes a lot of time and re-
provide users with a level of detail that search. After answering the three ques-
extends beyond vague terms such as tions raised in this article, your appli-
waterproof. cation will be set up for success thanks
The rating consists of two digits, to an enclosure that balances form
the first of which indicates the enclo- Ideally an enclosure meets the needs and function. u
sures success in keeping out solids. This of a specific product. Design plays a
Carrie Rubin is senior product manager at
is followed by a second digit that high- significant role in determining whether
Newark element14 ( Nicola
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Researcher says passive

optical LAN market
poised to take off
BSRIA suggests POL could threaten copper off when a big player or several medium
sized players enter the market with a
networks in enterprise environments. clear go-to-market strategyas opposed
to a me-too approachor there is a
BY PATRICK McLAUGHLIN greater awareness among specifiers and
the relevant parties.
The research organization noted that
programs such as LEED (Leadership
Market research firm BSRIA (www. 2.4-Gbit/sec downstream and 1.2-Gbit/ in Energy and Environmental Design) recently published a mar- sec upstream bandwidth, but the next and BREEAM (Building Research
ket briefing covering passive optical lo- generation, ITU-T G.987 10-Gigabit- Establishment Environmental
cal area networks (POLs), and the re- Capable Passive Optical Network (GX- Assessment Methodology) can help
searcher who authored the briefing said PON) Systems, will offer symmetrical boost the market penetration of POLs
POL technology could potentially be- 10-Gbit/sec bandwidth and is expected because they can increase awareness
come a threat to copper cabling in LAN to be released in 2016. BSRIA was also among consultants, architects and
applications over the coming years. informed that 25-Gbit and 100-Gbit/sec real estate developers if credits are
BSRIA senior researcher for IT ca- standards are imminent. awarded as a result of installing POL on
bling and related technologies, Martin Chiesa described POL networks the premises.
Chiesa, commented, POL is here to adapted to LAN environments as dis- While potential users await stan-
stay, but the speed at which it pene- ruptive technologies. He continued, dardized 10-Gbit/sec POL technology,
trates the market will depend on more They bring a number of advantages POL provider Tellabs (
vendors entering the market (medium that mainly benefit the end users, as gave the cabling industry a sneak pre-
to large size corporations, particu- they greatly reduce capital expendi- view of such equipment a year ago. At
larly in the active component side); in- ture, operational expenditure and with the BICSI Winter Conference held in
creased bandwidth without boosting them the total cost of ownership of February 2015, Tellabs showcased 10-
costs; compatibility of systems as op- the IT infrastructure. Due to the mar- Gbit optical LAN capability. At that
posed to proprietary solutions; and that ket opportunity this creates, BSRIA has time, the company explained that its 10-
IT network professionals, consultants, seen smaller networking manufactur- Gbit optical LAN technology will pro-
architects, developers and end users ers making great efforts to inform rele- vide symmetrical capacity of 10 Gbits/
are made aware of POL and its advan- vant parties about the technology and sec in both upstream and downstream
tages, as well as increasing the solu- its advantages. directions. Tellabs will also enable a
tions for powering remotely located op- BSRIA sizes up that in the short term, graceful migration path to 10-GbE that
tical network terminals [ONTs]. POL will continue to be a market driven minimizes impact to existing users and
He explained that currently, the by smaller players. The researcher ex- leverages the existing architecture. u
ITU-T G.984 standard, Gigabit-Capable pects the market to grow at double-digit
Passive Optical Networks (GPON), offers rates annually, but will only really take Patrick McLaughlin is our chief editor. Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 13

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Top-of-rack architecture
remains popular in data centers
Multiple switching architectures, connection speeds and 25-Gbit/sec and 40-Gbit/sec Base-T
connection types appeal to different computing needs. specification efforts taking place within
the IEEE and refers to Category 8 as the
BY PATRICK McLAUGHLIN twisted-pair medium ideally suited to
support these speeds.
While 10G-plus speeds are elbow-
ing their way into the switch-to-server
In data center architectures, switch-to- lengths supported up to 100 meters and environment, top-of-rack appears to
server connections traditionally are the transceiver costs well below that of op- be firmly cemented as the architecture
lowest-speed connections. But that fact tical fiber, Category 6A and higher cop- by which many of these connections
should not be interpreted to mean they per cabling is currently well suited to are made. A little more than a year ago
are the least important. From the stand- support a variety of architectures for BSRIA ( published re-
point of speed, switch-to-switch connec- switch-to-server connections, includ- sults of a global data center survey, in
tions serve as the backhaul or backbone, ing top of rack, middle of row, and end of which it inquired about network-con-
and as such typically are multiple times row scenarios. nectivity speeds and architectures
the speed of switch-to-server connec- The paper explains that in todays along with other areasin different
tions. Yet those switch-to-server connec- most-demanding environments, switch- data center environments.
tions are commonly referred to as edge to-server connections are pushing be- Among the high-level conclusions
connections, and are vital because serv- yond 10-Gbit/sec speeds; it details the drawn from the survey is that the top-
ers are, for practical purposes, clients of-rack (ToR) architecture is more pop-
interface with the data center. ular in colocation facilities than it is in
Switching architectures in
The speeds and architectures of enterprise data centers enterprise data centers. The uptake of
switch-to-server connections are sev- Other ToR is higher for the colocation segment,
Centralised 5% Top-of-rack
eral, and common setups include top- switching switching at 61 percent, than for the enterprise
33% 42%
of-rack, end-of-row, and middle-of-row. segment, with 42 percent opting for
Siemons Valerie Maguire and Betsy ToR, BSRIA reported. A third of enter-
Conroy recently authored a paper ti- prise data center connections are made
tled The copper vs. fiber war is over and using centralized switching, while 15
everybody won. Where do we go from percent are made using end-of-row and
here? The paper covers a number of top- Middle-of-row End-of-row another 5 percent using middle-of-row
switching switching
ics on cabling media and applications. 5% 15% switching architectures.
Among the topics are data center en- Often discussed hand-in-hand with
vironments and architectures. The au- When BSRIA surveyed enterprise data top-of-rack/end-of-row is the use of
thors state, The ability of twisted-pair center operators, it found that 42 point-to-point and structured cabling.
copper cabling to support speeds of 10 percent use a top-of-rack switching BSRIAs survey illustrated a correlation
Gbits/sec makes it the preferred choice architecture. End-of-row and middle- between the two. The use of non-struc-
for todays data center switch-to-server of-row switching combined account for tured cabling point-to-point links was
connections. With cabling channel 20 percent. significantly higher for the colocation Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 15

Top-of-rack architecture remains popular in data centers continued

Other data in BSRIAs survey back up

Switch-to-server speeds the assertion by Siemons Maguire and
Conroy that switch-to-server links are
outgrowing 10G. The study highlighted
100G quite significant levels of 1G and 10G
Switch both in switch-to-switch and switch-
to 10G
server 1G to-server links and expected progres-
100 sion to 40G and 100G planned for 2016,
BSRIA noted. In switch-to-server links,
speeds up to 10G combined to account
2014 92% 1% 2%
for 92 percent of connections, but BSRIA
2016 25% 48% 14% 10% expected the number to drop to 73 per-
cent by 2016.
Data infrastructure speeds: Current 2014 vs. expected 2016
Source: BSRIA
In other recent analysis, BSRIA dis-
cussed trends in network and cabling
The data on top, from 2014, shows 3 percent of switch-to-server connections using for large data centers (which it
exceeded 10-Gbit/sec speeds. BSRIA projected that by 2016 that number would defines as having more than 500 serv-
grow to 24 percent. ers and more than 20,000 square feet of
floor space), medium data centers (100
segment, which also has a higher use of the correlation is strong. ToR switching to 500 servers and 2,000 to 19,999 square
ToR architecture, BSRIA pointed out. is in place for 42 percent of enterprise feet), and small data centers (25 to 100
In total the survey yielded even results, data center connections, and point-to- servers and 500 to 1,999 square feet).
with 50 percent using point-to-point point cabling is in use for 46 percent. Of Large data centers have a high uptake
and the other 50 percent using struc- note, BSRIAs inquiry about point-to- of ToR architecture, but also implement
tured cabling. But looking at the enter- point versus structured cabling specifi- EoR, MoR and centralized switching,
prise data center segment in particular, cally pertained to 10G links. BSRIA said. It added that in these en-
vironments, Category 8 cabling has the
potential to replace point-to-point di-
rect attachments.
Point-to-point versus structured cabling, installed 10G links Medium data centers also have a
Total high uptake of ToR, and their fiber use
is increasing. And small data centers/
50% 50% computer rooms mainly use copper ca-
bling. Many small and medium data
centers use singlemode fiber from the
Enterprise Colocation entrance to the main distribution area
to support telecommunications services,
46% 54% 57% 43%
The dynamics of connection speeds,
architectures and cabling media are
some of the factors that make data cen-
ter administration a continual challenge
Source: BSRIA Data center survey
and balancing act. Faster speeds often
drive change, but efficient administra-
Point-to-point connections and structured cabling were in a dead heat when tion and the ease of anticipated future
BSRIA examined 10G links in enterprise and colocation data centers. Further upgrades also play a role. u
detail shows that point-to-point is more prevalent in colocation facilities than in
enterprise data centers. Patrick McLaughlin is our chief editor.

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Connectivity in focus for

multi-dwelling units
Recent documents emphasize the important role case, an FDT again resides on each floor,
of fiber-optic connectors in service-provider MDU but an MT connector is mounted on the
stub of each. The fiber is deployed from
installations, touting one approach in particular.
each FDT to the indoor FDH, also with
built-in 12-fiber MT connectors. Each
BY PATRICK McLAUGHLIN connection is easily plugged into the FDH
from every floor. Installing fiber into an
MDU is a simple matter of mounting the
enclosures and making rapid fiber con-
Two documents recently published by (FDH) where they are typically spliced nections with the cables.
CommScope drive the point home for in. In this example, 432 fibers would be This rapid fiber configuration is
service providers that their choice of spliced between the FDH and the FDTs. based on the companys Rapid Fiber prod-
connectivity can significantly impact Three hundred forty-five individual drop uct line, which includes spooled preter-
their ability to efficiently turn up ser- cables would then be run from the FDTs minated fiber. When describing the sys-
vices at multi-dwelling units (MDUs). to the optical network terminals (ONTs), tems use in this hypothetical MDU, the
The documents, titled The flexible ar- creating another splice point. document explains, Since distances vary
chitecture series: Connectorization in In a loop-through configuration, A from each FDT to the FDH, a built-in fi-
the MDU, and New techniques for re- 432-fiber indoor FDH is located on the ber spool is designed on the FDT. The
ducing time and cost of MDU installa- lower level, the document explains. spool holds up to 500 feet of fiber cable.
tion, were published in late 2015 and Several 72-fiber or larger distribution Therefore, the cable is easily spooled out
emphasize the benefits of preconnected cables are pulled between the FDH and to the FDH and plugged in, while any ex-
systems over splicing in the field. FDTs on higher floors. On each floor, tra cable remains on the spool.
MDUs represent an enormous op- one of the cables is routed through the In conclusion, CommScope acknowl-
portunity for service providers, one pa- FDT, opened, two of the 12-fiber rib- edges, The MDU market segment, with
per states. However, with their conduits bons are opened and 15 individual fi- its broad range of architectures and the
and wide variety of layouts, they also bers routed to the splice tray in the FDT. time and cost pressures of installing
present some unique challenges, requir- In this example, 345 fibers would be next-generation fiber networks, pres-
ing service providers to spend a great spliced between the FDH and the FDTs. ents service providers with some diffi-
deal of time in planning and installing As in the stub-pull configuration, 345 cult challenges. It maintains that when
the fiber infrastructure. individual drop cables would run from service providers adopt a specific strat-
The document compares different ap- the FDTs to the ONTs, creating a splice egy related to connectivity versus splic-
proaches to connecting the same hy- point because it is not possible to pre- ing, they can reduce planning and in-
pothetical MDUa high-rise building dict the exact length of each drop, stallation time, minimize the number of
with 23 floors and 15 units per floor. In a CommScope notes. splices and technicians required, deploy
stub-pull configuration, Fiber distribu- The document then describes what it a smaller installation team, and reduce
tion terminals (FDTs) reside on each floor calls the rapid fiber configuration, and overall installation costs. u
of the building that route 12 or 24 fibers makes the case for it being the most-eco-
down to the indoor fiber distribution hub nomical, most-efficient approach. In this Patrick McLaughlin is our chief editor. Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 19


Online tool assists

surveillance-camera system
planning and implementation
Version 2.0 of IPVMs Camera Calculator addresses was very well received, but that is best
for outdoor cameras. In 2.0 we made
both outdoor and indoor camera networks. it easy to do outdoor and indoor com-
bined, by adding in floorplan sup-
BY PATRICK McLAUGHLIN port and markups to do complete sys-
tem designs.
Version 2.0 also includes a locking
capability, through which once a cam-
Video-surveillance consulting and anal- IPVM offers courses in IP network- eras positioning and specifications are
ysis firm IPVM describes itself as the ing, access control, and cameras. The optimized, the user can lock the cam-
worlds leading resource on video sur- 6-week, 12-sesson online camera course era to prevent inadvertent changes
veillance. On its website,, it covers: basic lenses, advance lenses, from being made.
provides news, reviews and test results image quality, streaming, WDR/FPS/ The calculator now also includes
on Internet Protocol (IP) cameras as AGC (wide dynamic range/frames per a camera list. IPVM points out, Our
well as video-surveillance equipment. second/automatic gain control), low new camera list feature helps you nav-
In our November issue we mentioned light, bandwidth, PPF (pixel per foot), igate and edit cameras by providing a
that IPVM offers an online tool call form factors, panoramic vs. pan/tilt/ single scrollable list of every camera in
Camera Calculator (Resources avail- zoom, ONVIF/API and SKs, and cam- your project. Honovich added, We have
able for planning IP video systems, era selection. made it free to calculate specific models
November 2015). The calculator launched in April 2015 from more than 3,500 cameras and more
At the time that article was be- and is based on Google Maps. IPVM ex- than 40 manufacturers.
ing written, IPVM had just introduced plains that the calculator provides the A mobile app is being built now, with
Version 2.0 of the Camera Calculator. ability to address and map out cam- an expected rollout date of April. IPVM
We asked IPVM founder John Honovich eras completely online, and allows us- says the app will be another simple tool
about the calculator tool, including its ers to see a surveillance cameras field to make camera-system setup more
origins as well as the development of 2.0. of view before installation. In doing so, straightforward. You add cameras [and]
When asked if the calculator originated system integrators who use the calcu- the IPVM app automatically places
out of a specific unmet need within the lator save on costly site visits. As cam- them on the map, it explains. You take
video-surveillance industry, Honovich eras are moved around a selected scene, pictures of each cameras FoV, the IPVM
explained, The original inspiration was the street view automatically updates app automatically associates them with
our courses, where we were teaching as well. Users and integrators can ex- the camera. You experiment with differ-
about the tradeoffs between FoV [field periment with different angles and loca- ent FoV, distances and resolutions to im-
of view], distance and pixel density. At tions, from their computer, quickly find- mediately find the right combination for
that point, we werent trying to do any- ing the ones that work best. your needs. u
thing big, just help our students. It Honovich told us that in the original
evolved from that. version, The Google Maps integration Patrick McLaughlin is our chief editor. Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 21

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Greenlee Communications highlights

tone and probe capabilities
Greenlee Communications notes that its GDLS355 laser source, GRP450 Optical Power
Meter, or FI-100 Fiber Identifier instruments can be used in tandem to accurately tone
and probe live fibers so that a technician can quickly identify fiber-optic
cables. For live fibers, the technician connects the GDLS355 to the desired
fiber and turns the 2-kHz modulation on. This process adds a tone to that
specific fiber. After moving to the other end of the fiber installation, the
technician will use the FI-100 fiber identifier to probe each fiber in the
enclosure. The FI-100 will indicate the presence of the 2-kHz tone on the
test fiber by illuminating the 2-kHz tone LED, and by sounding an audible
alarm. The process of clamping onto the other fibers in the enclosure will
not affect signal transmission in those fibers and will not cause network
equipment to go into an alarm condition. If it is not necessary to work on
live fibers, the GRP450 Optical Power Meter can be used to sense the
presence of the 2-kHz tone. The aforementioned process is altered only in
the fact that each fiber in the enclosure would be connected to the GRP450.
When the GRP450 is connected to the fiber carrying the 2-kHz tone it will
sound an audible alarm and the LCD will indicate the 2-kHz tone is present.
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The other awards given to individuals during the cere-

mony were as follows.
The Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the
Telecommunications Industry, awarded by the University
of South Florida College of Engineering, was given to


Andre Jimenez, vice president of technology at Anixter

Luna repeats as ( Jimenez received the award for his
BICSIs Installer work throughout his 20-plus-year career in the fields of

of the Year telecommunications testing and product certification.

The Presidential Eagle Award, selected by BICSIs
For the ninth consecutive year BICSIs Winter president, is given to an individual who has exhibited
Conference hosted the Cabling Skills Challenge, leadership, sacrifice and faith in BICSI and the indus-
in which cabling installers and technicians com- try as a whole, having shown dedication to a greater
pete for the title Installer of the Year. And for the cause over a period of time. The 2016 award was pre-
second consecutive year, Alberto Luna, a BICSI- sented to Bob Erickson for his work on numerous BICSI
certified Technician and project manager with
Total Network Consulting (www.totalnetworkcon-, took home the Installer of the
Year title and its accompanying $5,000 prize.
He was one of 14 competitors in the 2016 event.
Lunas receipt of a trophy and cash award for
his repeat performance as Installer of the Year
was one of several awards bestowed upon BICSI
members during the associations annual awards
banquet, which was held Wednesday, February 3.

24 MARCH 2016 Cabling Installation & Maintenance

committees and task forces, as well of work done to grow BICSI globally dedication within a BICSI committee.
as for his contributions during his and recognizes an individual who has It was presented to Peter Levoy, chair
tenure on BICSIs board of directors. gone above and beyond to promote of the BICSI Cares Committee, for his
The David K. Blythe University the association and encourage mem- tireless efforts and commitment to the
of Kentucky Award for Outstanding bership around the world. This years charity arm of BICSI.
Member of the Year recognizes the The Ray Gendron BICSI Cares
volunteer spirit of BICSI members and Scholarship was awarded to Nick
spotlights an individual for outstanding Plueger, who attends Bellevue
efforts promoting BICSIs education University in Bellevue, NE. He majors
programs as well as a commitment to in computer informa-
professional development within the tion systems and net-
working and holds
recipient, Rick Ciordia, was recognized BICSIs Installer 2,
for his work throughout the Central Copper designation.
and Latin America district. All of the award win-
The Larry G. Romig Committee ners are truly deserv-
Member of the Year award honors an ing, said BICSI pres-
individual for exemplary efforts and ident Brian Ensign. I
have had the pleasure
industry. Bob Hertling received the of working with many
2016 award for his amazing dedica- of them, and they display a deep love
tion and pride in BICSI, including taking and passion for BICSI, the ICT industry
on multiple volunteer tasks, the asso- and the work they do. Congratulations
ciation said. to the winners, and I look forward to
The Global Outstanding Member seeing more of their amazing contribu-
of the Year Award is given in honor tions in the years to come. t


Awarded at CES 2016, Netgear

says new AC WiFi line is
optimized for smart homes
At the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show
(CES 2016) in Las Vegas, Netgear was lauded with
4 CES Innovation Awards for products that make it
easier for mobile and smart home devices to connect
anywhere in the home at the fastest AC WiFi speeds, the These honorees have been evaluated by the Consumer
company says. At the show, the company also unveiled its Electronics Association (CEA) for their exceptional engineer-
Nighthawk WiFi routers and extenders, as well as its Arlo ing, aesthetic design, and innovative qualities, said CES
Smart Home security products, new PowerLINE WiFi adapt- of the awarded products. The winners included Netgears
ers, cable modem products, and the companys ReadyNAS Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router (R8500), Nighthawk
storage platform. X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router (R7800), Nighthawk AC1900
Four Netgear products were on display in the CES 2016 WiFi Cable Modem Router (C7000), and CM600 High Speed
Innovation Awards Showcase at the Sands Expo center. Cable Modem. t Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 25



Larry Romig, first

BICSI executive
director, passes away
BICSI announced that Larry Romig,
the associations first executive direc-
tor/CEO, passed away on November
15. In a statement posted on the bicsi.
org homepage, then-BICSI President
Michael Collins said Larry was a warm
individual and a professional in every
way. Larry was a mentor to many, and
in no small way, a major contributor to
their successes and to the initial suc-
cess of our fine association. Larry
Romig will be sorely missed.
Each year at BICSIs annual awards Solar PV power plant requires
banquet, held in conjunction with its
winter conference, the association
40 miles of cable tray
bestows the Larry W. Romig Committee Fluor Corporation announced that its Centinela Solar Energy project has been
Member of the Year Award upon a named 2015 Best Project Safety Award of Merit winner by Engineering News-
deserving individual. Record (ENR) for the California region. Fluor performed engineering, procure-
David Cranmer, a BICSI Past President ment and construction services and is now providing operations and main-
who also served as the associations tenance services for the new, 170-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility
executive director/CEO, wrote a memo- located on approximately 1,600 acres in Imperial County, CA. The awards judg-
rial to Romig on the website of Cranmers ing noted Fluor completed the project safely by working more than 700,000
training company Ventoux Learning construction hours with no lost-time accidents and no recordable incidents.
Network. Cranmer reflected, For those For the project, Fluors construction team successfully installed a total of
of you who never met Larry, BICSI owes more than 875,000 solar PV panels, 15,000 tons of steel, 40 miles of cable
much of its success to his forward think- tray and 425 miles of AC and DC cabling, working in conjunction with LS Power,
ing. Larry was a very conservative money an independent power company that develops, owns, operates and invests in
manager and over the years, built BICSIs power generation and electric transmission infrastructure throughout the United
reserves substantially Thanks to his States. The Centinela Solar Energy project is LS Powers largest solar project
money management, BICSI was able to to date. It is one of the first major projects to tie into the newly constructed
purchase land and build the first phase of Sunrise Power Transmission Line. Centinela Solar Energy has 20-year power pur-
its headquarters debt-free. chase agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric for the entire output from the
There are too many stories to post facility, enough to power more than 60,000 homes.
here, Cranmer added. But I remem- Fluor was recognized at ENRs Best Projects Awards breakfast banquet held
ber that every year for many years, recently in Los Angeles. Award recipients were selected by a jury of industry
Larry would give the invocation during professionals. It is an honor to have Fluor recognized for the safe execution of
the banquet at the winter conference in this project, said Chris Tye, president of Fluors power business line. We con-
Orlando. They were always thought-pro- tinue to maintain our safety culture as we perform operations and maintenance
voking and given with much passion. t for this facility, helping to meet the regional need for renewable energy. t

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IEEE 802.3 forms study groups for 25,

50 and 100/200 Gbit/sec Ethernet
The Ethernet Alliance recently commended the decision to cost-optimized, higher-speed solutions demanded by hyper-
form three study groups within IEEE 802.3. The groups are scale data centers, enterprises, cloud service providers, and
exploring the development of standards for 25-Gbit/sec more. Its proof that Ethernet will continue to be optimized
Ethernet over singlemode fiber, 50-Gibt/sec Ethernet over for new markets.
a single lane, and next-generation 100- and 200-Gbit/sec The Ethernet Alliance explained each study groups objec-
Ethernet. The Ethernet Alliance commented that by form- tives as follows: The IEEE 802.3 25-Gbit/sec Ethernet
ing these groups, IEEE 802.3 is demonstrating Ethernets PMD(s) for Single Mode Fiber Study Group is tasked with
capacity for dynamically addressing the changing needs of exploring the development of new 25-Gbit/sec singlemode
its rapidly expanding marketplace. fiber links, as well as evaluating market requirements sup-
Scott Kipp, Ethernet Alliance president and principal tech- porting longer-reach 25-Gbit/sec interfaces up to 10 kilome-
nologist for Brocade, stated, Ethernet is beginning the ters or more.
standardization of a new era of speeds based on 50-Gbit/ Focusing on two related areas of study, the IEEE 802.3
sec signaling technology. The 50-Gbit/sec lanes will enable 50-Gbit/sec Ethernet Over a Single Lane Study Group and
50 Gigabit Ethernet SFP56 modules, and 200GbE QSFP56 the IEEE 802.3 Next Generation 100-Gbit/sec Ethernet Study
modules and other corresponding technologies as we have Group will jointly investigate the market requirements for 50-,
shown in the 2015 Ethernet Roadmap. The launch of these 100- and 200-GbE, which include server-to-switch and switch-
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APOLAN adds 5 cabling contractor firms as new members

The Association for Passive Optical all sizes, delivering solutions which Network Communications SA
LAN (APOLAN), a non-profit organi- incorporate safety, quality, on-time (Netcom) is a corporate group with
zation devoted to furthering adop- performance, and effective program headquarters in Panama and offices in
tion of passive optical local area net- management. Costa Rica, dedicated to the commer-
work (LAN) technologies, announced Infiniti Technologies, Inc. is a cialization of infrastructure solutions
the addition of A.J. Labourdette, AWS Maryland-based corporation whose for voice, data, video, contact center,
Communications, Henkels & McCoy, core management team has more than and carrier-class solutions.
Infiniti Technologies, and Netcom to 100 years of combined experience in APOLAN notes that its member-
its membership base. the design, installation and support ship has more than doubled over the
Through our work, enterprises of gigabit passive optical networking last year, reinforcing the industry
are realizing that passive optical LAN (GPON), video surveillance systems, groups mission to drive education
can improve their network reliabil- access control systems, audio/visual regarding the technical and economic
ity, bandwidth and security in addi- networks, and structured cabling advantages of passive optical LAN
tion to delivering cost savings, com- installations. technology. t
mented Thomas Ruvarac, chairman of
the APOLAN. Our growing member-
ship base is further proof of that suc-
cess, and the clear direction the indus-
try is taking in turning to passive opti-
cal LAN for the near and long-term
network solutions.
Data center connectivity specialist
A.J. Labourdette, Inc. is a full-ser-
vice telecommunications, security and
Mellanox appoints new VP of software
electrical contracting company who Mellanox Technologies, a sup- its switch products.
has been in business for over 31 years plier of high-performance, end-to- Prior to Mellanox, Gabbay was also
serving the commercial, military, and end interconnect solutions for data a senior architect at Intel Corporation.
marine sectors, offering its customers center servers and storage systems, He graduated Summa Cum Laude with
a wide range of services. announced the promotion of Freddy a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Founded in Austin Texas in 2002, Gabbay to vice president of software. and Master of Science and PhD from
AWS Inc. dba AWS Communications, is Gabbay was the Technion Israel
a communications technology provider Mellanoxs senior direc- Institute of Technology.
offering a full suite of communications tor of engineering from With his high techni-
infrastructure products for data, voice, October 2013 until cal networking knowl-
video, DAS and wireless solutions, as this promotion. He edge and strong leader-
well as network engineering and net- also was the compa- ship skills, Freddy has
work installation services. nys director of engi- been instrumental in our
Henkels & McCoy (H&M) has served neering from October 100-Gbit Ethernet and
communications clients evolving infra- 2012 to October 2013. InfiniBand switch soft-
structure needs since 1923. As stated Prior to that, Gabbay ware technology, said
on the firms website, H&M Networks was a design manager at Freescale Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of
provides key services to design and Semiconductor and took a major Mellanox Technologies. I look forward
install critical infrastructure for public role in leading baseband SoC prod- to Freddys continued contribution
and private, wireless and wireline net- uct development. Prior to Freescale, and leadership under his new exec-
works. Our experience and ability to Gabbay was a senior architect at utive role. I wish him success in his
scale allows us to tackle projects of Mellanox Technologies responsible for new role. t

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Networks enterprise solutions, com-
mented, People increasingly judge
the quality of a network by wireless
access performance. If users expe-
rience a slow WiFi network, or they
cant connect to it, or they keep
losing the connection, their frustra-
tion mounts and the entire network
suspect. A
faster wire-
less tech-
nology stan-
dard like
Fluke Networks adds 802.11ac
802.11ac functionality offers signif-
icant upside,
to network
but only if IT
troubleshooting tools
teams can
Fluke Networks recently added keep the
802.11ac functionality to two of its network run-
tools used by network engineers ning at optimal levels. Our expanded
and techniciansthe OptiView XG support for 802.11ac gives IT leaders
Network Analysis Tablet and the peace of mind, knowing their teams
OneTouch AT Generation 2 Network can quickly find and fix any wired or
Assistant. Both tools are now avail- wireless performance issue to maxi-
able with new 802.11ac functionality. mize end-user experience.
When announcing these new capa- The company added, The
bilities, Fluke Networks explained 802.11ac wireless standard prom-
that the OptiView XG is the first ises to triple the speed of WiFi net-
tablet specifically designed for the work connections, but unless the
network engineer. It automates root- entire network infrastructureboth
cause analysis of both wired and wired and wirelesscan handle those
wireless network and application speeds, end users arent likely to expe-
problems, saving the engineer sig- rience the full benefit of 802.11ac.
nificant time and effort. The new ver- Organizations upgrading to the faster
sion of OptiView XG comes with the standard need a holistic way to plan,
full suite of AirMagnet Mobile tools analyze and troubleshoot the entire
already built in. network infrastructure, rather than
It added that the OneTouch AT is relying on multiple-point solutions to
an automated handheld tester that test separate components of the net-
network technicians use to trouble- work. Fluke Networks enterprise solu-
shoot both Ethernet and WiFi network tions puts organizations back in con-
performance in real time by validating trol of the performance of their entire
connectivity, service availability and IT landscape and the user experience
path performance. it providesregardless of whether
Daryle DeBalski, vice presi- services are running on wired or wire-
dent and general manager of Fluke less networks. t Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2016 29


BICSI updates RTPM

exam requirements
BICSI announced that, effective October 1, all Registered
Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM) exam appli-
cants are being tested on material from the associations
recently updated Telecommunications Project Management
(TPM) reference manual, 2nd edition.
The TPM 2nd edition contains relevant telecommunica-
tions project management resource material gleaned from
the pages of BICSIs TDMM 13th edition, ITSIMM 6th edition,
and OSPDRM 5th edition reference guides. This material is
to be used in conjunction with BICSIs A Guide to the Project
Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), 5th edition,
and Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning,
Scheduling, and Controlling, 11th edition publications, as
previously specified in the RTPM exams requirements.
The new 2nd edition RTPM study reference material con-
tains key technical information that prospective candidates
for BICSIs RTPM designation will need to successfully know
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STANDARDS requirements for new data centers.
These include cabling, facility and net-
Work begins on TIA-942-B, the revision work design elements.

of the TIA-942-A data center standard Henry Franc, chair of the TIA
TR-42.1 Committee, commented,
The Telecommunications Industry telecommunications infrastructure The ever-evolving Internet of Things,
Association (TIA) TR-42.1 Engineering of data centers and computer rooms, technologies and topologiescom-
Committee recently issued a call for including single-tenant enterprise data bined with a wider focus on ther-
interest for the standard titled TIA- centers and multi-tenant Internet host- mal management, energy efficiency,
942-B, whose initial working title is ing data centers. The topology spec- speed and powerwill be accommo-
Telecommunications Infrastructure ified in standards is intended to be dated in the upcoming revision of the
Standard for Data Centers. As an scalable to any size data center. Telecommunications Infrastructure
ANSI-accredited standard-develop- The association further explained Standard for Data Centers, which will
ment organization, TIA revises its that this particular revision effort be updated in conjunction with the
standards on a five-year cycle. In that which ultimately will result in the pub- changing landscape.
five-year time frame, standards can lication of TIA-942-Bkeeps pace TIA noted that stakeholders may
be reaffirmed, revised, or withdrawn. with technology changes, including include data center operators/owners
The TIA-942-A standard was pub- continued improvements in energy and designers, project managers, cer-
lished in 2012. efficiency, higher bandwidth and sys- tified internal and external auditors,
In its call for interest, the TIA said tems. The standard serves as a crit- certified design consultants, archi-
that the 942 set of standards spec- ical tool to evaluate existing data tects, engineering firms, end users
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INFRASTRUCTURE Meanwhile, IDC found that 40-Gbit Ethernet revenue reached a record

$644 million in 3Q15, growing 41.4 percent year over year.
Overall revenue and port shipment growth rebounded somewhat
in 3Q15, even though the usually strong 10G segment continued to
see weakness in year-over-year revenues, explains Rohit Mehra, vice
president, network infrastructure, at IDC. At any rate, shipments
of 10-Gbit Ethernet and higher speeds is a testament to the strong
demand to support a diverse array of enterprise and data center
Ethernet switch workloads and service provider infrastructure. Given this, we expect
the market to remain relatively healthy, but intensively competitive.
market moderately In terms of specific vendor highlights, IDC reported that Cisco fin-

improving; router ished the quarter with 0.8-percent year-over-year growth in the Eth-
ernet switching market and market share of 61.6 percent, up slightly
market stays flat from its 60.1 percent share in 2Q15. In the hotly contested 10-GbE
segment, Cisco held 59.1 percent of the market in 1Q15, up from 57.6
International Data Corporation (IDC) recently percent in the previous quarter, but down from the 63.4 percent it
reported that the worldwide Ethernet switch held in 3Q14. IDC noted that Ciscos SP and enterprise router revenue
market (Layer 2/3) exceeded $6.1 billion decreased -2.3 percent year-over-year.
in revenue in the third quarter of 2015
(3Q15), an increase of 2.0 percent year over
year and a healthy increase of 6.1 percent
Top five Ethernet switch vendors
Revenue market size ($M), 3Q14 to 3Q15
quarter over quarter, in terms of growth
rate. However, the researcher also noted 7,000
the worldwide total enterprise and service 6,000
provider (SP) router market could not repeat
its exceptionally strong growth from the
4,000 Others
previous quarter, and ended 3Q15 flat on
an annual basis, and down -7.2 percent 3,000
quarter-over-quarter. 2,000 Huawei
Significantly, IDC found that the worldwide HP
enterprise and SP router market was flat on Cisco
a year-over-year basis in 3Q15, as the 1.1-per- 0
2014Q3 2014Q4 2015Q1 2015Q2 2015Q3
cent annual increase in the SP segment was Source: IDC

offset by a -3.5-percent decline in enterprise

routing. The researcher stated that this will Elsewhere, the analyst said HPs Ethernet switch revenue came in
be a market to watch closely over the com- essentially flat on both an annual and sequential basis in 3Q15. How-
ing quarters, as software-defined architec- ever, Juniper posted a record quarter in Ethernet switching, with a
tures start to take hold across the WAN, year-over-year increase of 39.4 percent and sequential growth of
enabling enterprise network managers and 6.5 percent in 3Q15. Its router revenue was flat sequentially but
service providers alike to benefit from these increased 11.0 percent year over year in 3Q15, reportedly due to a
emerging capabilities. robust 20-percent year-over-year increase in sales of core SP routers.
IDC added that 10-Gbit Ethernet switch While demand for higher speeds such as 10-Gbit and 40-Gbit Eth-
(Layer 2/3) revenue decreased -1.6 percent ernet increases, declining average switch port selling prices have had
year over year, coming in at $2.2 billion, a flattening effect on overall market growth, concludes Petr Jirovsky,
while 10-Gbit Ethernet switch port shipments research manager in IDCs networking trackers group. The emer-
grew a robust 27.4 percent year over year, gence of speeds such as 2.5-, 5-, 25-, and 50-Gbit Ethernet, along
with nearly 8.5 million ports shipped in 3Q15, with 100-Gbit Ethernet reaching critical mass over the next few years,
as average selling prices continued to fall. will make this an interesting market to watch. u

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