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  1. 1. Contents Zoom In Zoom Out For navigation instructions please click here Search Issue Next Page SOLUTIONS FOR PREMISES AND CAMPUS MARCH 2010 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS WORLDWIDE DESIGN PAGE 7 LANs, SANs, and emerging standards TECHNOLOGY PAGE 17 Securing a hospital’s future with fiber INSTALLATION PAGE 13 10-Gig wireless link a Hollywood story TESTING CABLING for IP security PAGE 27 w w w.c ablingins t all.c o m Contents Zoom In Zoom Out For navigation instructions please click here Search Issue Next Page
  2. 2. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F A Whole New Ball Game. Armored cable that is smaller, stronger, lighter and easier to install. Corning Cable Systems is changing the game with MIC® DX Armored Cable, a new innovative all-dielectric armored cable. MIC DX Armored Riser and Plenum Cables reduce installation time and expense by eliminating the need for grounding or using special access tools. With greater tensile strength, a smaller outside diameter and less weight than interlocking armored cable, MIC DX Armored Cable provides all the protection your network infrastructure needs, in a smaller, lighter package, with less hassle. That’s right – armored cable just became a whole new ball game. For your free sample of MIC DX Armored Cable, visit www.corning.com/cablesystems/micdxarmored Total innovation. Total solution. Total Corning. © 2009 Corning Cable Systems LLC C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  3. 3. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F ____________________ C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  4. 4. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F a new world of unrivaled integrated solutions OCC is recognized as the gold standard in an industry that demands speed, technology, and durability. Our expanded product offering includes fiber optic and copper cabling, as well as connectivity components designed for commercial, specialty, and harsh-environment applications. We have broadened our scope, creating a single source of integrated solutions for our customers. 800-622-7711 | Canada 800-443-5262 To learn more, visit occfiber.com or call for a free catalog. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  5. 5. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F MARCH 2010 | VOLUME 18 NO. 3 :: FEATURES ABOUT THE COVER DESIGN Anixter’s Andy Jimenez tests a cabling system’s ability to support IP-based se- 7 The impact of emerging standards on LAN and SAN infrastructures curity applications inside his company’s Infrastructure Solutions Lab. Creating a unified fabric requires consideration of today’s TO LEARN MORE, SEE ARTICLE ON PAGE 27. and tomorrow’s cabling systems. KEVIN KOMIEGA Group Publisher Susan Smith INSTALLATION (603) 891-9447; susans@pennwell.com Chief Editor Patrick McLaughlin (603) 891-9222; patrick@pennwell.com 13 Free space optics technology evolves to higher speeds, broad deployment Senior Editor Matt Vincent (603) 891-9262; mattv@pennwell.com Marketing Manager Joni Montemagno FSO’s value proposition remains steady and worthwhile Art Director Kelli Mylchreest for many users. PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN Production Director Mari Rodriguez Senior Illustrator Dan Rodd TECHNOLOGY Audience Development Manager Michelle Blake Ad Traffic Manager Bettie Gaines 17 Securing the future of fiber in a health-care facility EDITORIAL OFFICES A new fiber backbone enhanced a hospital’s IT PennWell Corporation, infrastructure. JENNIFER CLINE, CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS STAFF Cabling Installation & Maintenance 98 Spit Brook Road LL-1 Nashua, NH 03062-5737 DATA CENTER Tel: (603) 891-0123, fax: (603) 891-9245 www.cablinginstall.com CORPORATE OFFICERS 23 Putting a number on data center energy efficiency Chairman Frank T. Lauinger President and CEO Robert F. Biolchini Established by The Green Grid, PUE is a calculable Chief Financial Officer Mark C. Wilmoth measurement used by many. PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN TECHNOLOGY GROUP Senior Vice President & Publishing Director SECURIT Y Christine A. Shaw Senior Vice President, Audience Development Gloria Adams 27 Program gauges systems’ ability to handle IP security applications For subscription inquiries: Tel: (847) 559-7520; Fax: (847) 291-4816 ipAssured aims to match cabling infrastructure with e-mail: cim@omeda.com; web:www.cim-subscribe.com applications’ anticipated lifespans. PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE © 2010 (ISSN 1073-3108), is published 12 times a year, monthly, by PennWell Corporation, 1421 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, OK 74112; phone (918) 835-3161; fax (918) 831-9497; www.pennwell. _ Periodicals postage paid at Tulsa, OK 74112 and other additional com. :: DEPARTMENTS offices. Subscription rate in the USA: 1 yr. $88, 2 yr. $119, BG $161; Canada/ Mexico: 1 yr. $98, 2 yr. $132, BG $178; International via air: 1 yr. $120, 2 yr. $160, BG $216; Digital: 1 yr. $60. If available, back issues can be purchased for $22 in the U.S. and $32 elsewhere. All rights reserved. No material may be reprinted. Bulk reprints can be ordered from The YGS Group (cim@theygsgroup.com). We make portions of our subscriber list available to carefully screened companies 4 Editorial New look, same commitment that offer products and services that may be important for your work. If you do not want to receive those offers and/or information via direct mail, please let us know by contacting us at List Services Cabling Installation & Maintenance, 98 Spit Brook Road LL-1, Nashua, NH 03062. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Cabling Installation & Maintenance, P.O. Box 3425, Northbrook, IL 60065-3280. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: P.O. Box 122, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada L2E 6S4. PRINTED IN THE USA. 31 Editors’ Picks Cisco announces entry into 10GBase-T switch market GST No. 126813153 Publications Mail Agreement no. 1421727 www.cablinginstall.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2010 3 C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  6. 6. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: EDITORIAL :: on cablinginstall.com New look, same commitment Yes, this is Cabling Installation & everyone—those who receive the mag- Maintenance magazine that arrived in azine digitally as well as those who CABLING STANDARDS your mailbox—whether that mailbox receive the printed version—about Valerie Maguire elected vice-chair of TIA TR-42 is a physical or virtual one. The look our new design. We are not necessar- of our magazine has changed with ily done changing our look, and your this month’s issue, but comments certainly can influence any CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGIES much of the information additional changes we make. Forecast calls for strong we’re providing in the Living just north of Massachusetts growth in connector, newly reformatted ver- and getting all the network-televi- splice consumption sion remains the same. sion affi liates from Boston, I heard We’re still going to pro- more about the Scott Brown/Martha IP CONVERGENCE vide you, on a monthly Coakley Senate race than I did about IP surveillance system basis, articles that deal the most recent Senate race in my own covers Ohio courthouse with the specification, state. Perhaps Brown’s most famous design, installation, and manage- quote of the campaign came during WIRELESS ment of structured cabling systems a debate. I’m paraphrasing here but Access-point enclosures in many types of environments for he said something like, “It’s not Ted simplify standard the transmission of several forms of Kennedy’s seat. It’s the people’s seat.” compliance information. He now has a little bit of time to prove One element that has changed is to the voters in his home state that it’s DESIGN/INSTALL/TEST that we’ve combined what used to not Scott Brown’s seat; it’s their seat. Rugged fiber-optic cable be our New Products and Industry Likewise this magazine is responsi- fit for harsh outdoor Spotlight sections into a new format ble to you, the individuals who choose environments we’re calling Editor’s Picks. Found on to receive and read it in the interest of page 31 of this month’s issue, Editor’s professional education and develop- DATA CENTER Picks will include some of the latest ment. The extent to which this mag- The Green Grid debuts product introductions as well as indus- azine keeps you up-to-date in your data center efficiency tools try news, with a little bit of my opinion profession and helps you in your day- thrown in. to-day duties, is the extent to which NETWORK CABLE Part of the reason for the new look the editorial staff is doing our collec- Dow hikes price of is that over the past few years more tive job satisfactorily. Please, let us cable products and more of you have asked to receive know how we’re doing. the magazine in your e-mail inbox. To Visit cablinginstall.com for those of you who receive it that way each month, we hope you fi nd the new these and other news stories. PATRICK McLAUGHLIN format easier to read on your computer Chief Editor screen. We welcome comments from patrick@pennwell.com 4 MARCH 2010 Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cablinginstall.com C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  7. 7. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F Which of these is a bigger threat to your security investment? Products. Technology Services. Delivered Globally . . The wrong cabling The right cabling infrastructure can infrastructure is hinder the performance critical to the of even the most successful operation Blurred, unusable video Crystal clear video sophisticated video over minimally compliant and useful life of a over ipAssured IP-ClassSM surveillance system. Category 5e cable security system. 10+ cable Factors that affect the performance of cabling infrastructure: Anixter ipAssuredSM is an infrastructure assurance program that matches the cabling • The migration of a security • The need for Power over Ethernet infrastructure to the security equipment based on the technical, application and system to IP Plus and beyond life-cycle requirements of the user. • Minimally compliant • Installation practices Receive the best performance for the anticipated life of your security system Category 5e cable • Environmental conditions by installing an ipAssured cabling infrastructure. • Increasing bandwidth requirements • Quality of IP cable manufacturing Be sure that you have the right cabling solution for your surveillance system by specifying Berk-Tek® and Ortronics® products. As leading cable and connectivity manufacturers, Berk-Tek and Legrand/Ortronics deliver products with uncompromising quality for outstanding signal clarity, bandwidth, and power to ensure scalability and future expansion of your security and intelligent IP network. Contact your local Anixter representative or visit anixter.com/ipassured10 to learn how Anixter ipAssured can protect your security investment. 1.800.ANIXTER anixter.com © 2010 Anixter Inc. Anixter is a leading global supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components. We help our customers specify solutions and make informed purchasing decisions around technology, applications and relevant standards. Throughout the world, we provide innovative supply chain management services to reduce our customers’ total cost of production and implementation. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  8. 8. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F OUR BEST IDEAS COME FROM YOU You asked for a cable that has substantiated green properties, and we responded. General Cable now offers halogen-free Brand UL-Rated Riser (CMR) cable options at a competitive price. By removing halogens, which are Group 17 on the Periodic Table, the cable has reduced toxicity. This results in a truly “green” cable which is less toxic and more environmentally friendly. (800) 424-5666 www.generalcable.com Share your ideas. We’re listening: Datacom@GeneralCable.com C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  9. 9. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: DESIGN :: The impact of emerging standards on LAN and SAN infrastructures with speeds of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbits/sec. The advent of 10-, 40-, and 100-Gbit Creating and deploying a unified fabric in Ethernet could eventually eliminate the data center requires consideration of the need for separate LANs and SANs, network teams and cabling infrastruc- today’s and tomorrow’s cabling systems. tures by creating a single network fab- ric for LAN and SAN traffic. BY KEVIN KOMIEGA Interest in a unified fabric Storage area networks (SANs) came associated with operating separate According to a recently released to the forefront in the late 1990s as a network infrastructures for LANs and research study conducted by infor- preferred way to connect servers to SANs are numerous, especially on the mation technology (IT) research fi rm external, shared storage devices. This storage side of the data center. Fibre Forrester Consulting and commis- evolution from direct-attached, local Channel SANs require host bus adapt- sioned by Dell Inc., customer interest server storage to networked storage ers (HBAs) for server connectivity, in using 10-Gbit Ethernet as the physi- created two divergent data center net- not to mention storage administra- cal network or common network proto- works: SANs for storage and local area tors with a completely different skill col for storage and application network networks (LANs) for application traffic. set than their network administrator traffic – known in the industry as the There was a clear need for two sep- counterparts. unified fabric – is on the rise. arate networks as Ethernet protocols In terms of cabling, Fibre Channel The study, which was based on a were, at that time, not up to the task of SANs employ optical fi ber, coaxial survey of 213 storage professionals in transporting storage traffic due to per- copper, or twisted-pair copper cabling the United States, United Kingdom, formance and latency risks and a pen- chant for dropping data packets. Interest levels in unified fabric “How interested are you in unified fabric or network convergence between LAN and SAN?” A little more than a decade later, times and technologies are changing. Very interested 26% Ethernet speeds are quickly surpass- Moderately interested 40% ing those of Fibre Channel and loss- Minimally interested 21% less performance is paving the way Not interested 7% for 10-, 40-, and 100-Gbit Ethernet to Not aware/Don’t know 7% potentially displace Fibre Channel as Base: 213 storage decision-makers the foundation for SAN networking in Source: “The future of Unified Fabric”, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell, November 2009 the data center, begging the question: In a study conducted by Forrester Consulting for Dell last fall, 66% What will the LAN and SAN infra- of storage networking decision-makers said they are either very structure look like in the future? interested or moderately interested in a unified fabric/network The costs and complexity convergence between LAN and SAN. www.cablinginstall.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2010 7 C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  10. 10. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: DESIGN :: Predicted benefits of unified fabric China, and the Netherlands, revealed “Regardless of your current interest, what do you see as potential benefits of unified fabric or that interest in SAN/LAN convergence network convergence between LAN and SAN?” (select all that apply) is high. Sixty-six percent of respon- Improved infrastructure consolidation capabilities 55% dents overall said that they are very Improved server virtualization capabilities 53% interested or moderately interested in the concept of unified fabric or SAN/ Application performance improvements 51% LAN convergence. Hardware/software cost reduction 50% In terms of storage, it remains Application performance benefits 49% to be seen which protocol will win- Facilities benefits (such as reduced cabling complexity, reduced footprint for switching infrastructure, etc.) 48% out as the de facto transport mecha- Improved disaster recovery (DR) capabilities 46% nism for storage traffic. The Internet Reduction of staff/management costs 36% Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) has an entrenched installed Other 1% Base: 199 storage decision- None. I envision no clear benefits of unified fabric or makers with awareness/knowledge base with Fibre Channel over Ethernet 5% of Unified Fabric network convergence between LAN and SAN. (FCoE) coming on strong as customers Source: “The future of Unified Fabric”, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell, November 2009 seek ways to connect existing Fibre Channel storage devices to the net- A reduction in cabling complexity was characterized as a work. Regardless, the consensus is facilities benefit in the Forrester study. That complexity reduction, that high-speed Ethernet will serve as alongside other facilities benefits such as a reduced footprint, was the underlying transport mechanism. an appealing benefit to just about half the storage-networking professionals who are familiar with the unified-fabric concept. Cabling for the next generation Most experts believe the separation start thinking now about the cabling poised to skyrocket. of LANs and SANs will remain for the that will be supporting [40- and 100- User should make several con- next several years. David Kozischek, Gbit] networks in the future.” siderations when it comes to future data center market manager for Several data center trends are driv- cabling designs for LANs and SANs. Corning Cable Systems (www.corn- _______ ing the need for 40- and 100-Gbit According to Kozischek, optical loss ing.com/cablesystems), predicts that Ethernet, including server virtualiza- and how well cables perform when 40-Gbit/sec uplinks will be used to tion, cloud computing, and network bent and routed will be the keys to a edge switches to support 10-Gbit/sec convergence. While the aforemen- design that can migrate from 10- to 40- downlinks into servers within the next tioned technologies can reduce the and 100-Gbit Ethernet. two years while 40-Gbit/sec servers number of servers and storage devices Other considerations for network will make their way into the network that reside in the data center, they all designers include the following. over the course of the next five years. increase the load on the network. • Media options: OM3 or OM4 (mul- However, he maintains that Fibre Kozischek says the increased need timode), or OS2 (singlemode). Channel will continue to dominate in for more storage and faster response • Distance: Are the links in the data the storage realm for the majority of times will drive the need to increase center 100 to 125m, or longer? this decade. network bandwidth and that avoid- • Network architectures: How will “Based on history, we know that ing bandwidth bottlenecks to stor- the cabling and hardware archi- any technology that substitutes for age access is of paramount concern. tectures migrate to 40- and 100- another will take time to replace the Couple those storage demands with Gbit speeds? Can I run different existing one. I think both technologies the ever-increasing speeds of server types of logical network architec- will coexist in the data center for some processors and the proliferation of vir- tures (point-to-point, mesh, and time,” states Kozischek. “But I would tual servers and I/O demands are ring) over the physical architecture 8 MARCH 2010 Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cablinginstall.com C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  11. 11. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F NEW STYLE MOUNTING BRACKETS Just for CLASS 2 LOW VOLTAGE WIRING “Wings” flip up and hold secure Use Arlington’s non-metallic mounting brackets when Mounting Screws to install class 2 wiring – and to seat wall are tightened plates flush with the mounting surface. Low profile single-gang We now offer a single-gang, low profile LV1LP Recessed mounting bracket...LV1LP. Screw Hole Designed for seats wall plate Patented For existing construction, ! use with 1/2" flush with wall surface our low-voltage mounting brackets... NEW or 5/8" drywall installed on Single-gang cast concrete LV1 • Adjust to fit 1/4" to 1" or concrete block Thin drywall, wallboard or paneling walls with furring strips Front Lip • Install faster, seats better cost less than metal on drywall Try round LVR1 for low voltage smoke detector Oval Hole installations allows for final shifting & 4-gang straightening LV4 ©REV02/2010 Arlington Industries, Inc. of device 2-gang LV2 3-gang LV3 Arlington 800/233-4717 • www.arlnew.com Patented. Other patents pending ™ STEEL TV BOX CSA w/ grounding lug only FOR USE WITH METAL RACEWAY Arlington’s recessed combination power and low voltage 4-gang TV BOX™ offers the secure, convenient and easy way to mount LCD or plasma TVs flush against a wall.The job looks great NEW because plugs and connectors stay inside this box without extending past the wall. For new or old work using metal raceways, TVBS613 offers power and low voltage in EASY TO INSTALL one side, or with the supplied separator, RECESSED BOX power in one side; low voltage in the other. TVBS613 Two additional built-in mounts allow for 4-gang even more low voltage data/media connections. © 2008 Arlington Industries, Inc. For Existing Construction... or New Work TVBS613 Arlington 800/233-4717 • www.arlnew.com/tvbs613 Patent pending C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  12. 12. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: DESIGN :: Potential barriers to adoption of unified fabric I deploy today? “What barriers do you see for unified fabric or network convergence between LAN and SAN? • Support: Data migration per estab- (select all that apply) lished roadmaps, reliable transmis- Cost to upgrade network switches 55% sion, higher density. Cost to upgrade servers and/or associated 54% network components Kozischek believes OM3 and OM4 Cost and complexity of associated data migration activities 48% fi ber will be the dominant choices in Skills gaps to make it work 44% the data center due to lower electron- Lack of maturity of converged protocols 39% ics costs versus singlemode options. Data security concerns 38% He says the use of parallel optic trans- Organizational issues related to common 37% mission will affect the types of cables management of SAN and LAN components needed in the data center, making Performance concerns 36% polarity a “big issue.” Lack of maturity of convergence capable storage hardware 31% Distance and link-loss budgets will Availability concerns 30% also become more important as data None. I see no barriers to adoption of unified fabric. 3% Base: 199 storage decision- centers move to higher speeds. makers with awareness/knowledge “Link budgets and distance will be of unified fabric Source: “The future of Unified Fabric”, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell, November 2009 a function of how many crossconnects are in each link,” Kozischek says. “It Cost concerns dominate the list of potential barriers to the will become more important to adhere adoption of a unified fabric. _______________ 10 MARCH 2010 Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cablinginstall.com C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  13. 13. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: DESIGN :: to data center cabling standards like TIA-942 to ensure that architectures can migrate seamlessly from 10- to 40- and 100-Gbit Ethernet.” More convergence of electronics can lead to less con- nectivity in the data center, but it also leads to lower over- subscription ratios on the optical ports, which can increase fi ber count, according to Kozischek. Today 10-Gbit Ethernet technologies are shipping, with ratification of the 40- and 100-Gbit standards tentatively slated for June 2010. “The only snag that could potentially occur ... would have to do with selecting connectors.” Milestones to reach David Percival, a senior systems engineer with ADC, says all of the passive infrastructure vendors have had product available for quite some time. There is, however, one poten- tial hurdle to the adoption of 40- and 100-Gbit Ethernet. “The cabling infrastructure has been ready in advance of the electronics for a couple of years, but that’s typically how things work. It happened that way for Cat 6 and 6A. Looking toward the future, the only snag that could poten- tially occur in terms of trying to prepare for 40- and 100- Gbit would have to do with selecting your connectors for fi ber, particularly for multimode fi ber,” states Percival. In their current form, MTP multi-fi ber connectors, which provide multiple connectors on the faceplate to reduce overall system footprint, are an area of concern, according to Percival. “The MTP connectors are the only [component] where there could be some technological improvements. They are currently at a place where they could potentially support these data rates, but you can always improve a native con- nector,” he says. “The connector is the weakest link.” _____________________________________ Kevin Komiega is a contributing editor for Cabling Installation & Maintenance and senior editor of InfoStor mag- azine, which covers storage networking. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  14. 14. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F a better way to travel THE NEW 10GAIN® XP CAT 6A Can a cable truly transform your 10G network? 10Gain® XP can. With an outer diameter of only 0.30 inches, you’ll no longer worry about tight spaces. And with guaranteed 3 dB margin for Alien Crosstalk performance, your UTP cabling network will always operate flawlessly. 10Gain XP is the perfect blend of form and function, made possible by unmatched technical innovation. Why travel any other way? Visit SPSX.com/comm/10GXP to learn more about 10Gain XP. 10Gain XP CAT 6A cable has a nominal outer diameter of 0.30 inches and uses an Isolation Wrap that blocks interference but does not require bonding/grounding. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  15. 15. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: INSTALLATION :: Free space optics technology evolves to higher speeds, broad deployment FSO’s value proposition remains steady and worthwhile for many users. BY PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN Deployed primarily as a high-speed interview with System connection for enterprise users who Support Solutions’ Peter are unable to run cable from one point Schoon. to another, free-space optics (FSO) CI&M: Is the basic technology has matured over the past value proposition for decade. A handful of equipment pro- FSO the same as it viders did not survive the 2001 dot- has been for some com crash, but those that remain pro- time—an affordable vide systems with data-rate increases high-speed option and price stabilization. when running cable Peter Schoon is president of System from point to point is Support Solutions (www.systemsup- ____________ either not possible or not portsolutions.com), ____________ an integrator of economical? FSO and other wireless-connectiv- Schoon: It is. FSO is ity systems including radio-frequency one of many tools in a bag. (RF)-based products. System Support Users look at their options and Solutions has been installing FSO and sometimes fi nd that even a sin- RF systems for approximately 10 years gle trenched fi ber is cost-prohibi- and says it has made more than 400 tive. The telco might say it’s going to link deployments in that time. take six months [to get the connection Post-production company The We interviewed Schoon about made] and it will cost $20k per month. Post Group in Hollywood, CA the recent history, current state, and The user tries to fi nd another option. installed a rooftop-to-rooftop potential future direction of the FSO FSO fits best when the bandwidth 10-Gbit/sec free-space optics marketplace. A broad look at FSO tech- requirement is high, 100-Megabit system (top) with a 1-Gbit/ nology, including quotes and specifica- minimum, and distances are shorter. sec radio-frequency backup tions from some providers of FSO sys- FSO systems defi nitely max out at 2 (bottom). tems, can be found on our Web site, kilometers. Links between 1 and 2 www.cablinginstall.com. For now, kilometers probably make up about hops up to 500 meters make up about here are relevant excerpts from our 10% of what we install now, and 70% of our installations. Once the link www.cablinginstall.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2010 13 C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  16. 16. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: INSTALLATION :: distance gets to 500 meters, it can make sense to pay more money and go with an RF link. CI&M: Fog has historically been the enemy of FSO. Is that still the case? Schoon: Yes, it’s fog. Snow, ice, and rain are not so much an issue. Fog is. I try to explain it simply to poten- tial customers: If you can see from one point to the other, your FSO link will work. Some links may be a little farther than the eye can see, but the point is if the physical conditions allow line-of- sight vision, you’ll have a working FSO link. If not, like in the case of fog, you won’t. CI&M: How have current economic conditions affected the industry? Schoon: The recession has actu- ally been good for the industry. Manufacturers have right-sized and they are all doing well fi nancially. Integrators specializing in point-to- point are lean, mean, and profitable. CI&M: The FSO market’s dynam- FSO systems, like this one at The Post Group, most often reside ics have evolved over the 10 years you in unglamorous positions atop roofs. Nevertheless, they provide have been installing these systems, critical connectivity. haven’t they? Schoon: One thing that applies to a lot of industries, including this one, improvements? Another feature is adding an RF is that we lost some companies that Schoon: One is a Web-based man- feature as a backup to lasers. It gives burned through cash. Those that made agement interface. Customers really a dual-path hybrid link at little [addi- it through have streamlined and econ- do want that. Lightpointe has added it tional] cost. This type of feature had omized. Product improvements are to some of their equipment and MRV been bundled and sold as part of a customer-driven. A lot of the smoke- Communications has it across the more-expensive package. But in the and-mirrors are gone, which is nice. board. enterprise industry what’s important Ten years ago some in the industry Power over Ethernet is also very are low cost and simplicity. With this were incorrectly setting expectations. popular, especially for 100-Megabit backup feature, the link is 100% avail- That’s half the battle in any business: links. Typically a 100-Mbit link is able. If you put this in, you have 100% don’t overpromise, but make sure you installed in a lower-cost environment. redundancy and the telco doesn’t. overdeliver. And using PoE over a Category 5 cable CI&M: How can systems without CI&M: What are some of the can save three or four, sometimes up to this integrated-backup feature achieve more recent customer-driven product six thousand dollars on an install. redundancy? 14 MARCH 2010 Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cablinginstall.com C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  17. 17. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: INSTALLATION :: Schoon: Use lasers [FSO] for product. 10-Gig is getting requested Know the Network shorter distance or RF for longer dis- now. When MRV fi rst started work on tance. Putting redundancy in is inex- that product two years ago, I didn’t pensive. We have a lot of hybrid [FSO get many requests for that speed. But as the primary and RF as the backup] now I do. The big home for FSO contin- sites running, and I’ve never had ues to be a company that has a 10-Gig someone call and say the performance environment and is expanding across has failed or is slow because they’re a campus. on the RF setup. The RF backup is a The Post Group [a post-production 20-Mbit link. When it activates it is for company in Hollywood, CA] installed a minutes, not days. Users don’t notice 10-Gig link and backed it up with 1 Gig [the difference in transmission speed]. of RF. It added between $16,000 and The real target market over the next five years will be 500-meter links, Gig ValidatorPRO™ (NT1150) and speed, 10k list. Validator PRO-NT™ (NT1155) Ethernet Speed Certifier with Integrated Optical Power Meter CI&M: FSO and RF remain com- $17,000 to the project cost, but to have petitive technologies to some extent, dual paths on a rooftop … their telco Validate Copper,Fiber,and Wireless depending on distance and uptime option was very expensive. Test all the connectivity in your LAN with requirements, as well as cost. Is there MRV’s 10-Gig design uses an one economical tool—the innovative JDSU ValidatorPRO™ or ValidatorPRO-NT™.These a sweet spot for FSO? erbium-doped fi ber amplifier, which industry-first, all-in-one Ethernet speed Schoon: There are a lot of cost- solves amplifying issues. certifiers with integrated optical power meters competition issues. Bridgewave sells CI&M: After 10 years install- let you ensure cable runs will support Gigabit Ethernet over copper, test fiber cabling, and test a lot of their SLE100 products with ing FSO systems do you fi nd them wireless with 802.11b/g/n features to accelerate 802.3at PoE. That’s a hot item from durable? network turn-up and testing. the leader in the RF industry and pro- Schoon: Some of our early links The ValidatorPRO-NT™ offers the added ability vides true 100-Meg transmission. The are still running flawlessly. The sec- to confirm network connectivity through port discovery, ping, and layer 2 discovery protocols. list price is $9,995. I tell the FSO pro- ond install I ever did is nearby [in For networks that use Power over Ethernet, the viders their real target market over the Minnesota]. I call him every year and ValidatorPRO-NT can report voltage and current. next five years is going to be 500-meter he says everything’s good; his only And, ValidatorPRO-NT allows you to test not only wired but also wireless LANs with 802.11b/g/n links, Gigabit speed at a 10K list. There question is when I’m going to take WLAN discovery. are some FSO systems at that price him to lunch. We offer three-year on- Get your ValidatorPRO and the entire line of point that do Gig speeds. They offer 10 site support and maintenance, and JDSU network and enterprise test tools through times the throughput of Bridgewave’s we don’t think twice about renewing our worldwide distributor network. Find the distributor near you at www.jdsu.com/know. SLE100 for the same price, but with a those agreements. With some custom- little bit lower availability. ers we are on our third agreements, CI&M: What about super high which will take them to nine years of speeds like 10-Gigabit? Is there any coverage. demand for that? Schoon: The biggest news in the Patrick McLaughlin is chief editor of _________________ industry is probably MRV’s 10-Gig Cabling Installation & Maintenance. www.cablinginstall.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2010 15 C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
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  19. 19. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: TECHNOLOGY :: Securing the future of fiber in a health-care facility Wired Hospitals and Health Systems,” and has been honored with this recog- A new fiber backbone enhanced a hospital’s nition for five years. GHS has worked information-technology infrastructure to closely with Corning Cable Systems on a number of projects implementing cut- support applications including surveillance. ting-edge fiber-optic solutions. A recent project to support the expansion of BY JENNIFER CLINE AND MEMBERS OF THE security systems gave GHS and Corning CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS STAFF the opportunity to use a new dielectric- armored optical cable for its in-building Health-care services organizations are home, outpatient facilities, and well- backbone. facing unprecedented information- ness centers. technology (IT) infrastructure chal- GHS has made extensive use of fiber- Investing in healthier infrastructure lenges. Local area networks (LANs) communications technologies to ensure GHS is making extensive investments are rapidly converging voice, video, its IT infrastructure meets current and in optical connectivity for in-building and data, and are upgrading to support future applications requirements. In July and intrabuilding enterprise networks imaging and archiving communica- 2009 GHS was listed among Hospital based on bandwidth demands and dis- tions systems. There is a growing need and Health Networks’ “2009 100 Most tance requirements that make optical to move patient and clinical informa- tion tools from paper forms to end-to- end electronic formats. Security, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and build- ing automation applications are driving the demand for more secure, robust, and easy-to-install fiber backbones. Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) is a leading integrated health-care provider and academic health organization with five campuses, providing integrated health care to communities across upstate South Carolina. GHS has a Greenville Memorial Hospital total of 1,052 beds and its facilities undertook an upgrade project to add include a tertiary referral and educa- video-surveillance equipment in the tion center, multiple community hos- common areas of its intensive care unit pitals, an acute-care hospital, nursing and operating rooms. www.cablinginstall.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance MARCH 2010 17 C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F
  20. 20. C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F :: TECHNOLOGY :: “Having armored cable for fi ber the future-ready media the backbone offers GHS choice. exponentially higher levels “We use fiber exclusively of network protection in our intrabuilding and inter- than just an innerduct building pathways,” said or regular-routed cable Russell Lowery, RCDD/OSP, in the ceiling.” –Russell senior network engineer, tele- Lowery, RCDD/OSP; communications for GHS. “We senior network engineer, don’t do any backbone cabling telecommunications, GHS. on copper except our leg- acy telephones, and we have begun to transition to Voice over IP for anymore,” he said. “And in certain possible so that we know the network that as well.” Lowery said the primary parts of the hospital, people have a isn’t going to slow things down.” reasons for the use of fiber throughout tablet PC, and these systems need to Lowery said that GHS is commit- GHS’s system are bandwidth and dis- connect and communicate with each ted to being a leading-edge adopter tance, driven by increasing imaging, other as quickly as possible. Given and user of information technology. data movement, and data storage appli- those conditions, we want to install Working with Corning Cable Systems, cations demands. telecommunications cabling to provide he added, provides an opportunity to “Nobody carries a paper chart the highest bandwidth opportunity use the latest fi ber technologies to ________________________ C Previous Page | Contents | Zoom in | Zoom out | Refer a Friend A Installation 7Maintenance | Search Issue | Next Page BMaGS E F

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