On August 11 and 12 Cabling Installation & Maintenance hosted a series of 8 online seminars addressing emerging applications as well as cabling and wireless infrastructure strategies for networks. The online conference, Emerging Applications in Data Center and Enterprise Networks, included 4 seminars each day. The seminars on Tuesday, August 11 focused on data center networks and those on Wednesday, August 12 focused on enterprise networks.
Sponsoring companies deliver presentations within the seminars, and offer downloadable technical and promotional materials for attendees. Register to choose which seminar(s) to attend on-demand, and you will have the opportunity to browse and choose from sponsors’ materials.
Below is a summary description of each of the seminars as presented during the event, including dates and times.
Tuesday, August 11; 11:00am EDT/8:00am PDT Infrastructure Best Practices for Edge Data Centers
Constructed to serve the low-latency demands of content consumers, edge data centers reside close in proximity to the users they serve and are smaller in scale than most other data centers. Essential to the delivery of cloud-based services, an edge data center has unique requirements for the computing and networking equipment within it. This roundtable discussion details several aspects of outfitting and managing an edge data center, including the critical role that edge will play in the rollout and proliferation of 5G. Including presentations delivered by experts at Belden, CommScope and Eaton, this roundtable explains the criticality of edge facilities to the future of communications.
Tuesday, August 11; 12:30pm EDT/9:30am PDT Installing, Terminating, and Managing Cabling in the Data Center
Fiber-optic cabling infrastructure is the lifeblood of the data center, supporting the network’s speed and distance requirements. Installing and maintaining this fiber-optic infrastructure can be an efficient or inefficient process, with inefficiencies certain to produce hardships sooner or later. This roundtable discussion, featuring expertise from America Ilsintech, Brother Mobile Solutions, and US CONEC, will describe techniques and technologies that maximize efficiencies associated with installing, terminating, and administering fiber-optic cabling systems in data centers.
Tuesday, August 11; 2:00pm EDT/11:00am PDT High-Density Networking Demands and Solutions
In any data center, real estate is at a premium. As a result, cabling and networking connections are packed as densely as possible. Often this density presents challenges in areas that include the installation and commissioning of cabling, to the physical and logical management of connected equipment, and the provision of sufficient power to each device. This roundtable discussion includes an in-depth look at some of the challenges inherent in high-density environments, as well as some practical approaches to addressing those challenges. The roundtable includes information from technical experts at Chatsworth Products Inc., Fluke Networks, and Sunbird DCIM.
Tuesday, August 11; 3:30pm EDT/12:30pm PDT Bringing Order to Pathway Chaos in the Data Center and Beyond
The planning, construction, and use of cabling pathways in a data center require forward thinking and a future-oriented approach. Changes, additions, or upgrades to the pathways can require service disruption, which is not an option in many facilities. The adoption of microduct-based pathways has avoided pain while providing flexibility for several data center operators, and this roundtable discussion focuses on the capabilities of a microduct-based system. Featuring examples of how microduct and microfiber have been integrated into data center networks, this discussion with technical experts from Dura-Line also describes how these types of pathway systems can span outdoor as well as indoor environments, facilitating end-to-end fiber connectivity.
Wednesday, August 12; 11:00am EDT/8:00am PDT Smart Building Systems
The physical-layer communications infrastructure system is the foundation upon which smart-building capabilities are built. The ability for building devices and systems to communicate with each other and/or with a centralized network requires ubiquitous connectivity. Wireless communication is essential in many of these environments, and the backhaul that feeds wireless endpoints must be robust and flexible. This roundtable discussion, featuring technical expertise from Corning, Oberon, and Senko, explains the function and importance of wireless systems in a smart building, as well as the benefits of using a fiber-cabling-based backhaul system for connecting wireless and many other network nodes in these environments.
Wednesday, August 12; 12:30pm EDT/9:30am PDT Ethernet as a Smart Building Enabling Technology
When multiple building systems converge and communicate using a single network platform, Ethernet demonstrates the depths of its capabilities as an enabling technology. Ethernet facilitates connectivity among devices at defined speeds, the provision of direct-current power to networked devices, the ability to transmit multiple types of information via data packets, and much more. This roundtable discussion highlights Ethernet as an enabling technology for smart building facilities and other connected enterprise environments. It features an examination of smart building technologies in action, as well as practical, hands-on discussions of Power over Ethernet and system-verification techniques. This discussion features a technical expert from Cisco, which will be representing The Ethernet Alliance, along with contributors from CommScope, EtherWAN, and Softing.
Wednesday, August 12; 2:00pm EDT/11:00am PDT Single-Pair Ethernet: One Protocol to Rule Them All
Standardization of OT (operational technology) and IT (information technology) onto a single protocol is critical to driving widespread adoption of digital transformation. Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) is viewed as the enabling technology that standardizes industrial control networks and digital buildings onto one Ethernet protocol. SPE provides the ability to operate a single, seamless network from cloud to edge and use new PoE variants that power end devices over distances longer than traditional Ethernet cabling. Join Panduit experts to discuss how SPE can impact future building automation system architectures, simplifying networks and providing greater access to the building system data that can drive efficiency and provide a more pleasant user experience through building technology.
Wednesday, August 12; 3:30pm EDT/12:30pm PDT Data Center Design Decisions
Join us for this one-hour educational session delivered by BICSI training delivery specialist John McCain, RCDD, DCDC, OSP, RTPM, CT. Gain knowledge from the world’s most recognized and respected provider of education to information and communications technologies professionals. Focusing on ICT practices for data center environments, this session is an opportunity to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of industry best practices. This scenario-based overview of the BICSI Data Center Design Standard will discuss how it can be a helpful guide to decision-making during the design process.