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Liz Goldsmith

Sustainability initiatives seen driving data center physical infrastructure demand

A report from Dell’Oro Group states that data center physical infrastructure revenues are forecast to grow at an 8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2026, to above $31 billion and that data center sustainability has risen to the top of decision-making criteria in the industry, opening the door for significant technology transitions during this forecast period.

Carrie Goetz authors book offering guidance on data center careers

Information and communications technology (ICT) expert Carrie Goetz has authored a book with the intention of guiding professionals into careers in technology and data centers. Jumpstart Your Career in Data Centers is available for order in Kindle, paperback, and hardback versions. The book carries the tagline: Featuring Careers for Women, Trades, and Vets in Tech and Data Centers.
When announcing the book’s availability, Goetz said, “New to the industry, considering it, or want to know about the rest of it? This is for you—degree or no degree.” She added that the book is peer-reviewed and it “bridges the gap between IT and facilities. It takes a holistic approach to explaining mission-critical data centers, from site selection to the cloud and all things in between.

Senko’s SN Uniboot connector takes home Platinum ‘Cabling Innovators’ honors

Senko Advanced Components, Inc. announced that its SN Uniboot connector was awarded Platinum Cabling Innovators honors, as presented by Cabling Installation & Maintenance at the at the recent BICSI Fall Conference 2022 (Sep. 25-29) in Las Vegas.
The SN Uniboot is a connector with a revolutionary design that allows four SN duplex connectors to be patched simultaneously in one operation. As noted by Senko, unlike 8-fiber MPO connectors comprising single polymer ferrules, the SN Uniboot’s design utilizes eight ceramic 1.25 mm ferrules that deliver carrier-grade performance and reliability.
Originally designed for use in multi-channel 400G data center transceivers within spine/leaf architectures, Senko reports that “the SN is proving to be much more than just a high data-rate equipment connection. The industry is fast discovering that when deployed as a backbone trunk solution, the SN Uniboot has significant benefits compared with existing legacy solutions,” adds a company statement.

Meeting MPO test and polarity challenges

EXFO’s Vincent Racine discusses the fundamental role that MPO connectivity plays in network densification. The rise in popularity of MPO connectivity has brought to light certain challenges in the field, including some related to testing and polarity. Racine describes the practicalities of meeting these challenges in the field using test equipment.

The Importance of Testing Fiber Optics in Submarine Networks

Subsea or submarine cables are fiber optic cables that connect countries across the world via cables laid on the ocean floor. These cables – often thousands of miles in length – are able to transmit huge amounts of data rapidly from one point to another. According to a 2019 report by StableSeas, commercial undersea cables transmit 97% of this internet and telecommunications data. With such heavy reliance on the technology, there’s no denying that submarine cabling is supporting the global economy, and an outage could have catastrophic consequences, which makes proper testing of submarine networks critical.

Everything You Need to Know: TIA Standard adds MPO Test Requirements and Procedures

In their latest revision (September 2022), the Telecom Industry Association (TIA) added MPO test requirements and procedures to their optical fiber cabling component standard, ANSI/TIA-568.3-E.
The revision adds MPO-specific requirements referencing TIA-526-28. TIA-526-28 is an adoption of IEC 61280-4-5 and deals with attenuation measurement of MPO-terminated fiber optic cabling plant using test equipment with MPO interfaces.

PODCAST: CWA District 9’s Fiber Training Apprenticeship Program

ICommunications Workers of America District 9 has been awarded a $5.8 million grant to expand an apprenticeship training program for fiber technicians. The new program designation for fiber splicing technicians is intended to support the state’s federally funded fiber broadband rollout expansion, as part of the BEAD Program. The grant will offer an employer boot camp program as a recruiting tool, where prospective employers can experience the apprenticeship program. CWA is also pursuing funding to reimburse employers for apprentice wages and benefits, and is assisting with providing tools and PPE for program participants.
Read the full article at: http://www.cablinginstall.com

Going the distance: What you need to know about breaking the 100-meter distance limitation

with the adoption of smart building technologies, more devices than ever are being connected to and powered by the network. Today’s LAN environments commonly encounter situations in which a connected end device is located too far from the nearest TR to maintain the 100m distance limitation.
It has long been known that twisted-pair copper cabling is one standards-based option for connecting devices beyond 100m, but there is confusion in the industry about the distances that twisted-pair copper cables can reliably support at various transmission speeds and remote powering levels. To strategically address scenarios where a device is located beyond 100m with reduced risk, information and communications technology (ICT) professionals need to understand the pros and cons of the various options, technical factors involved, and key considerations surrounding testing to help them identify reality and navigate claims.