Respect Layer One! Taxing the Limits of Fiber Optic Structured Cabling and Connectivity

  • Tuesday, 04/04/2017: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Room: 511A
  • Session Number:  CE10:


With the updates to the TIA-942 standard approaching, including the addition of new fiber standards and connector platforms to achieve upcoming high-speed requirements (such as 25, 40, 50, 100 and 400Gb), optical infrastructure performance has never been more critical. The reliability and performance of a data center’s optical connectivity becomes even more essential to ensure the optimum performance of its hardware. It is imperative to implement a layer one infrastructure that not only supports legacy and current speeds and transmission methods, but will allow existing infrastructures to migrate to these emerging data rates, connector platforms and transmission methods. The challenge comes in effectively designing a structured cabling infrastructure to support a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, without having to significantly reconfigure layer one infrastructure.

Learning Objectives

1) Insights and Impact on the upcoming updates to the TIA-942 Data Center Standards
2) How to Design data center Fiber Optic Infrastructure engineered link to maintain loss budgets
3) Understanding the new Ethernet and Fibre Channel fiber standards and connector platforms to achieve the high-speed requirements of these topologiues


Rick Dallmann

Sr. Data Center Infrastructure Architect