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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 Communication Systems Worldwide September 2007 www.cable-install.com Contents Zoom In Zoom Out For navigation instructions please click here Search Issue Next Page
  2. 2. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F Exceptional optical performance comes naturally. Nothing is more treasured in field termination than exceptional optical performance. The secret to UniCam® Pretium™- Performance Connectors is inside – a laser-cleaved, factory-polished fiber stub that ensures outstanding connectivity in a no-epoxy/no-polish (NENP) connector. UniCam Pretium-Performance Multimode Connectors offer 0.1 dB insertion loss. And UniCam Pretium-Performance Single-Mode Connectors enable 0.2 dB insertion loss. That’s exceptional optical performance in less than a minute per fiber, from the most widely deployed NENP connector on the market. Naturally ... Customer-focused innovation is second nature at Corning. www.corning.com/cablesystems/cimls © 2007 Corning Cable Systems LLC / LS-02413 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  3. 3. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F Are you ready to feel the speed? Super fast testing with the WireScope Pro LAN Cabling Tester Agilent’s WireScope Pro tester sweeps a full 1GHz in a few seconds, boosting your test speed to new industry leading Cat 6A and Cat 7 autotest times of 9 seconds. It also accelerates your copper and fiber testing with dual- wavelength fiber probes, the elimination of field calibration, and a new auto-increment capability. The WireScope Pro tester is the only handheld to provide Alien Crosstalk (AXT) measurements simultaneously on multiple ‘exciter’ cables, as well as produce final results on the spot, so you can quickly handle any future AXT field testing requirements. Alternative approaches could take hours to complete and require PC post processing to see the results. With simple software upgrades and a robust hardware platform operating at 1 GHz frequency, you’ll save on the cost of test because you’ll stay state-of-the-art for many years, eliminating the need to buy new testers every year or two. u.s. 1-800-829-4444, ext. 5465 Experience the speed of the WireScope Pro tester now at canada 1-877-894-4414, ext. 5465 www.agilent.com/find/wirescope or by talking to one of our _____________________ www.agilent.com/find/wirescope _________________________ engineers by calling our 800 #s. © Agilent Technologies, Inc. 2006 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  4. 4. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F Our U.S. area of expertise. No matter where you’re located, our fiber optic cable products are there. Optical Cable Corporation has built a network of reliable stocking distributors and a dedicated sales team committed to getting you the best fiber optic cables for your requirements when you need them...where you need them. For over 20 years, we have been manufacturing the broadest range of top-performing tight-buffered fiber optic cables for most applications in the government, military, and commercial markets. Your order is our top priority. Contact Optical Cable Corporation for a stocking distributor nearest you. We are where you are. 1-800-622-7711 5290 Concourse Drive • Roanoke, Virginia 24019 • Phone 540-265-0690 • www.occfiber.com C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F
  5. 5. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F SEPTEMBER 2007 VOL. 15, NO. 9 ABOUT THE COVER Communities in a rural Georgia school district, with a big boost from the features Federal government, now have a district-wide network 11 Blown fiber systems see growth and acceptance that can support 10-Gbit Vendors enhance product lines as blown fiber increases Ethernet, Power over market share in specific regions. BETSY ZIOBRON Ethernet, VoIP, wireless, and the most advanced teaching technologies available. Stacey Barber, director of 19 Back to school with 10-Gbit Ethernet Rural Georgia school district acquires E-rate funds to implement technology for the Emanuel the most advanced UTP cabling available. MICHAEL O’CONNOR County School District, oversees the high-speed interconnectivity. TO LEARN MORE, 29 IPLM: Why it achieves value beyond port count SEE PAGE 19. Intelligent Physical Layer Management systems can bring to the physical layer the capabilities that are possible at higher layers of the network. MICHAEL PULA 37 Feeling hot, hot, hot and not liking it While heat has always been an issue in data centers, density makes it a critical concern today. PATRICK McLAUGHLIN 41 Will 802.11n be a good neighbor? The protocol is being designed to interoperate with legacy a/b/g access points, with a non-high-throughput duplicate mode aiding performance. FANNY MLINARSKY departments 47 Hot-air isolation cools high-density data centers 4 Editorial Don’t accept short shrift Methods for isolating the chilled supply air from the hot return 9 Perspective air are plenty, and worthy of consideration. IAN SEATON Optical connectivity a good choice in the data center 55 Cabling considerations for network-based video DOUG COLEMAN 77 New Products The cabling installation professional’s role in the deployment of video over IP is crucial; so is the need 80 Product Focus: ENCLOSURES to perform the tasks well. STEVE SURFARO 59 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT ■ San Francisco colocation facility expands data center ■ APC launches 3-in-1 data center design tools ■ Acquisition, upgrades move ConEst rapidly forward CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE (ISSN 1073-3108), a trademark, is published 12 times a year, monthly, by PennWell Corporation, 1421 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, OK 74112; telephone (918) 835-3161; fax (918) 831-9497; Web address www.pennwell.com. Editorial offices: 98 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, NH 03062-5737; telephone (603) 891-0123. © 2007 CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE. All rights reserved. Authorization to photocopy items for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE (ISSN 1073-3108), provided that the appropriate fee is paid directly to Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 USA; (978) 750-8400. Prior to photocopying items for educational classroom use, please contact Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 USA; (978) 750-8400. For further information, check CCC Online at the following address: http://www.copyright.com/. All rights reserved. No material may be reprinted. Bulk reprints can be ordered from Diane Troyer, telephone (603) 891-9135. Corporate officers: Frank T. Lauinger, Chairman; Robert F. Biolchini, President and CEO. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE, Circulation Dept., P.O. Box 3280, Northbrook, Il 60065-3280. Return undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: P.O. Box 1632, Windsor, ON N9A 7C9. Periodicals postage paid at Tulsa, OK 74101 and other additional offices. Subscriptions: In the U.S.: one year $74; Canada/Int’l surface : one year $84; International via air: one year $100. If available, back issues can be purchased for $16 in the U.S. and $21 elsewhere. We make portions of our subscriber list available to carefully screened companies that offer products and services that may be important for your work. If you do not want to receive those offers and/or information, please let us know by contacting us at List Services, CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE, 98 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, NH 03062-5737-“Canada return address: PO Box 122, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S4”. www.cable-install.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance ■ September 2007 ■ 3 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  6. 6. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F Chief Editor / Patrick McLaughlin (603) 891-9222 • patrick@pennwell.com Executive Editor / Steve Smith Don’t accept short shrift (603) 891-9139 • stevesm@pennwell.com Senior Editor / Matt Vincent O (603) 891-9262 • mattv@pennwell.com K, this month I won’t be was anything more than a gratuitous Circulation Manager / Michelle Blake as wordy as I normally am. thrashing of all type and manner of (603) 891-9360 • michellb@pennwell.com That’s mostly because I’m copper-based cabling. Ultimately, the Art Director / Kelli Mylchreest not allowed to be anymore. As you decision was mine, and that decision Lead Illustrator / Dan Rodd may have noticed, the space in which was to run the article with Doug’s I write my monthly diatribe is no lon- commentary pretty much undiluted. Senior Vice President/Group Publishing Director Mark Finkelstein ger a full page; it’s now accompanied That doesn’t mean I personally (603) 891-9133 • mark@pennwell.com by our editorial masthead, which sits endorse the viewpoint. No more than Associate Publisher/National Sales Manager to the right of this I endorse the opinion that shielded Ed Murphy (603) 891-9260 • edm@pennwell.com writing in the sec- cabling is the clear choice for high- tion of the page speed systems, which you’ve also CABLING INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE we affectionately seen on the pages of this publication EXECUTIVE AND EDITORIAL OFFICES refer to as the in months past. Or, that unshielded PennWell ATD 98 Spit Brook Road “gutter.” Rumor twisted-pair copper cabling can be Nashua, NH 03062-5737 Tel: (603) 891-0123, fax: (603) 891-9245 has it the reason I engineered to continue to meet the Internet: www.cable-install.com now have 2/3 of a electrical performance necessary to page rather than a support the next generation of high- SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES: For subscriptions or to change your format to print full page for this column is that with speed signal transmission. It might. or digital, please go to: www.cim-subscribe.com. less space, I’m less likely to make It might not. Subscriptions outside the USA are available in digital format only. superfluous references to movies, my Doug Coleman’s highly opinion- children, and the Boston Red Sox. ated article appears in this issue for Once you’re finished reading this a couple of basic reasons. First, he page (maybe you were done a cou- makes solid arguments based on CORPORATE OFFICERS ple of sentences ago), the next article sound technical information. And Chairman / Frank T. Lauinger you turn to will be an opinion piece second, I like to think this maga- written by Doug Coleman of Corning zine is an unbiased forum in which President and Chief Executive Officer Robert F. Biolchini Cable Systems. And you won’t have ideas can be exchanged. I learned Chief Financial Officer / Mark C. Wilmoth to get too far into it—simply reading a long time ago not to tell you, our the headline might suffice—before it audience, what to think. You can and ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DIVISION becomes clear he is a man of strong do think for yourselves. If we can Senior Executive Assistant Carol Woodward opinions, and has the ability to artic- give you more to think about, we’re Tel: (603) 891-9112, fax: (603) 891-9287 ulate them pretty clearly. doing our jobs. carolw@pennwell.com In his opinion piece, Doug (as in If you disagree with anything you VP Audience Development / Gloria S. Adams Doug Mientkiewicz, the Red Sox first see in this or any other issue of the baseman who recorded the final out magazine, you are not only welcome ATD PUBLISHING SERVICES DEPARTMENTS of the 2004 World Series—hah!) Cole- but also encouraged to let me know. Art Director / Meg Fuschetti man makes the case that fiber-optic As Doug Coleman’s article indicates, Production Director / Mari Rodriguez (603) 891-9193 • marir@pennwell.com cabling systems are clearly superior I’d like all opinions to be heard. to copper-based systems and are the Marketing Communication Manager Kristen Jones wise choice, if not the only real choice, (603) 891-9425 • kristenj@pennwell.com for high-speed communications. Ad Traffic Manager / Jackie Linker Once we received the article here (918) 832-9314 • jackiel@pennwell.com in our editorial department, it was PATRICK McLAUGHLIN Mc the topic of several conversations, Chief Editor PRINTED IN THE USA GST NO. 126813153 most of which debated whether it patrick@pennwell.com Publications Mail Agreement Number 40052420 4 ■ September 2007 ■ Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cable-install.com C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F
  7. 7. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F THE PRESENTATION. THE SIGN-OFF. THE LAST HURDLE TO THE FINAL APPROVAL OF WHAT YOU BELIEVED WAS ALREADY OVER. There comes a moment in every project when each decision you’ve made is put to the test. Success and failure hang in the balance, as closing one deal takes longer than pitching the next. At moments like these, your most crucial decision was actually one of your first: your distributor. If it’s Graybar, you’re not on your own. Our nationwide supply chain, local support network and trusted suppliers stand ready for any ‘moment of truth’ you encounter. So keep pushing forward; we’ll be right there. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT ___________ OR CALL 1-800-GRAYBAR (472-9227). GRAYBAR.COM/CORNING C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  8. 8. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F Turn your cable tester into an OTDR N E T W O R K S U P E R V I S I O N C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  9. 9. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F and watch the transformation begin. See how the DTX Compact OTDR Module can turn your cable tester into an OTDR and your staff into fiber experts – to completely transform your fiber business. Imagine. A cable tester that becomes a compact, easy-to-use, full-featured OTDR. Better yet, imagine what that means for your business. A single tool to test copper and fiber. An OTDR your current tech- nicians can easily use. Fiber jobs you couldn’t do before. Just snap the DTX Compact OTDR module onto a DTX mainframe – the industry’s benchmark for cable certification – now you’re ready to test like a fiber expert. Perform Basic (Tier 1) and Extended (Tier 2) fiber certification. Perform powerful single-ended troubleshooting. Deliver professional documentation. Win jobs that require OTDR testing and watch your revenue and profits increase. Get the new DTX Compact OTDR and watch the transformation begin. Go to www.flukenetworks.com/seehow to enter to win a DTX Compact OTDR and see a live demo. ©2007 Fluke Corporation. All rights reserved. 02177 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F
  10. 10. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGSF LABELING DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER. NEW RHINO 6000. Exclusive features. Extreme control. Create labels on a PC and download to RHINO 6000. Or create and print your labels at the worksite. Either way, rugged and affordable RHINO 6000 simplifies labeling with advanced functions that are genuine time-savers. And RHINO labels stay stuck, long after you’re gone. • PC-connectivity for fast label downloads – and uploads for documentation purposes • Over 250 easy-to-find, pre-programmed industry terms and symbols save you time • ”Hot Keys” for instant wire and cable wraps, flags, vertical and fixed length labels, patch panels, distribution modules and more • Intuitive graphical interface lets you PC CONNECTIVITY create, edit and preview multiple labels on our largest backlit LCD • Save and recall over 1,000 custom labels including industry terms, graphics, logos WIN and symbols • Integrated impact bumpers • Prints on RHINO labels up to 1” wide www.rhinolabeling.com __________________ FOR YOUR ENTER YamahaTO WIN One of Five CHANCE Rhino 4x4s! © 2007 DYMO - A Newell Rubbermaid Company 29124 No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Enter online at www.rhinopromo.com between 12:00:00 am EST 3/8/07 and 11:59:59 pm EST 11/30/07 (“Promotion Period”), Details at www.rhinopromo.com or at participating industry tradeshows and retailer events during the Promotion Period. Subject to official rules available at www.rhinopromo.com. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGSF
  11. 11. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F Optical connectivity a good choice in the data center O ptical connectivity can than 10 Gbits/sec on copper links tional Electrotechnical Commis- maximize a data cen- is doubtful due to the required sion (IEC; www.iec.ch) have not yet ________ ter’s overall operations distances in the data center as well been completed. So, all Category 6A efficiency. Optical cable with as the LAN. networks installed before the stan- laser-optimized 50-μm OM3 dards are completed are effectively fiber provides bandwidth capabili- 10-Gig on twisted pair proprietary solutions withpotential ties that support up to 10-Gbit/sec Category 6 UTP copper cable has interoperability issues. Minimal transmission for existing applica- been widely deployed in data cen- 10-Gig interoperability has been tions as well as future-data-rate ters, but it has limitations associ- demonstrated among differ- applications of 16 Gbits/sec to ated with supporting 10-Gbit/sec ent Category 6A and hardware 100 Gbits/sec and beyond. The transmission. The cable reach is manufacturers. transmission per- rated in the range of 37 to 55 meters, Shielded Category 6 and 7 cop- formance, data-rate but many industry experts believe per cables are also being considered scalability, pathway- that anything longer than 37 meters in place of UTP copper cables for and-space utilization, may be subject to alien crosstalk 10-Gig operation. UTP cables have electronics port densi- because of theextended operating been the de facto copper cables used ty, power and cooling frequency. in North America. In comparison, efficiencies, and ease of Category 6 performance issues shieldedcopper cables have rare- installation and test- prompted development of Cat- ly been deployed due to special ing are factors that egory 6A, which is intended installation and termination make optical con- to support 10-Gbit/sec opera- practices. Thecable’s stiffness, nectivity a serious contender to tion up to 100meters. Category 6A weight, and large bend radii, as 10GBase-T and copper connectiv- cable, however, typically increases well as grounding and bond- ity in the data center. the outside diameter of previ- ing issues, make it complex to IEEE 802.3ae released the op- ous-generation Category 6 copper install. In addition, some in the tical 10-Gbit Ethernet standard cable by about 40% in an attempt to industry believe they present Power in 2002, with the 10GBase-SR mitigate internal and external noise over Ethernet (PoE) concerns physica l media dependent impairments. Such a cable design related to heat dissipation. (PMD) for short-range links can be more challenging to route The extended operating up to 300 meters emerging as through network pathways and frequency range of 10-Gbit copper the dominant and best-suited requires more complex testing and cable requires higher power con- 10-Gbit connectivity solution in field-termination methods than a sumption (10 to 15 watts) of the the data center using OM3 fiber. single, slender fiber-optic cable. 10-Gbit interfaces due to increased The 10GBase-T sta nda rd, When copper connectivity is used, insertion loss and the need to over- approved in 2006, provides guid- most 10-Gig copper systems will come internal and external crosstalk ance for 10-Gbit transmission on likely require removal of legacy Cat- issues. Electronic digital signal 4-pair twisted-pair copper cable egory 6 UTP cable and installation processing (DSP) techniques are within a 500-MHz bandwidth. But of Category 6A . To date, the Cat- required to correct internal noise the outlook for transmission faster egory 6A detailed cable standards impairments, which contrib- DOUG COLEMAN is manager of technology from the Telecommunications In- ute significantly to the inherent and standards with Corning Cable Systems dustry Association (TIA; www. ____ time delay while recovering the (www.corningcablesystems.com). ________________ tiaonline.org) and the Interna- _________ continued on page 68 www.cable-install.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance ■ September 2007 ■ 9 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  12. 12. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F Fiber on Demand TM > The world’s most advanced fiber optic infrastructure for the enterprise network. >ESPN >Pentagon >USAA >Starbucks Coffee >National Institutes of Health (NIH) >CNN >Mayo Clinic >Johns Hopkins University >DFW International Airport >Atlanta Motor Speedway >Nissan...and more. AIR-BLOWN FIBER® Call for your free sample kit. 877.356.FLEX (3539) W W W. F U T U R E F LE X . CO M ________________________ © 2 0 0 4 S u m i t o m o E l e c t r i c L i g h t w a ve C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  13. 13. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F www.cable-install.com design Blown fiber systems see growth and acceptance F irst installed in the mid-1980s by British Telecom for use in outside-plant (OSP) Vendors enhance product lines as blown fiber increases market share in specific markets and regions. applications, blown optical fiber is a system in whichfiber is blown into a network of microduct tubes via an air-delivery system of com- pressed air or nitrogen. While blown fiber still represents a very small percentage of the premises marketplace, and critics continue to question the system’s fiber pro- tection and cost savings, acceptance is being fueled by new standards and the buy-in of some key customers. Meanwhile, vendors continueto enhance their systems with new products and features, and manyclaim growth in specific marketsegments. Gaining ground “We’re now seeing real live applications that require a lot more bandwidth and create an increased demand for fiber,” says Kurt Templeman, product man- ager for Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, which man- ufactures the FutureFLEX air-blown optical fiber system (www. futureflex.com). “That, combined with ______________ fiber-rich customers, is certainly helping the blown fiber market.” According to Sumitomo, acceptance of blown fiber has improved, and the company has experienced significant Emtelle recently launched blowing equipment that allows install- growth in the commercial premises marketplace where ers to blow in fiber with counts of 1 to 96 using a single machine, they focus their efforts. sharply reducing setup time. “The technology is not so far out in left field any- more, and there are many ‘who’s who’ that are install- Avoiding disruption during network expansions and ing it, which is giving much more credibility to the reconfigurations continues to be a huge factor in determin- technology,” says Templeman. As an example, the compa- ing which market segments experience the most growth. As a ny says that blown fiber at McCarran International Air- result, most blown fiber vendors are experiencing success in port in Las Vegas led to similar airport projects, including areas like convention centers, stadiums, airports, hospi- Dallas/Forth Worth, Miami International, and Boston’s tals, and military applications. Logan. “Blown fiber eliminates disruption of day-to-day busi- ness operations when changes are required,” says Tibor BETSY ZIOBRON is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Cabling van Melsem Kocsis, commercial director for Emtelle Installation & Maintenance. She can be reached at: bziobron@comcast.net Maintenance. (www.emtelle.com), manufacturer of the Fiber- ➤ ____________ www.cable-install.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance ■ September 2007 ■ 11 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  14. 14. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F flow blown fiber system. “There is no opening of the ceilings, operate blown fiber technology to communicate with great- and these customers can literally ask one person to go to the er clarity, cooperate more efficiently, and design and install central office and blow in new fiber.” increasingly effective blown fiber systems. According to van Melsem, lack of disruption is also sig- IEC 60794-6, Microduct Cabling for Installation by Blow- nificant in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications where ing, covers OSP products and addresses issues like optical Emtelle is gaining traction throughout Europe. “When you fiber, microducts, installation and operating conditions, and look at FTTH in urban areas, disruption is even more of an testing and quality assurance. The test methods called out in issue,” he explains. “In Germany, there are several cities where the standard are based on the already widely accepted IEC nobody gets a permit to dig up a street. In some of those areas, 60794-12 standard. Currently in draft form, two other stan- we have installed microducts throughout sewer systems that dards (IEC 60794-5-10 and 60794-5-20) will further detail the allow communities to blow in fiber to specific locations.” acceptance criteria for the testing of mini-cables and fiber unit General Cable (www.generalcable.com), which offers the _______________ systems. It is expected that these standards will be finalized Blolite system, has not seen as much growth in the commer- late this year or early 2008. cial arena, but has experienced success in military and non- Although the new IEC standard will have more influ- military specialty markets. “We ence in Europe than in the are gaining traction in specialty United States, domestic manu- markets because these customers facturers believe it can only help can really see the value of replac- the acceptance of blown fiber ing the fiber, and many of the ap- technology here. “It certainly can’t plications require infrastructures hurt us to have a standard, but only to be spec’d in for 50 or 60 years,” time will tell what its influence will says Greg Carnes, fiber product be here in the U.S.,” says Carnes of manager for General Cable. General Cable. Acceptance is also being fueled by Some vendors focus more on an increase in the number of com- blown fiber technology than panies focusing on the technology, others, but all continue to promote such as Prysmian (formerly Pire- their products with new features lli Cables and Systems), Ericsson and technologies. Sumitomo Elec- of Sweden, and Dura-Line. “We’ve tric Lightwave recently expanded seen a huge increase in the number its FutureFLEX product line with of companies that have moved into new hybrid fiber bundles that the blown fiber,” says van Melsem. “It’s company says can yield a three- good to have competition because fold increase in efficiency for each that means people see that there is individual tube. a market for this technology.” “We’re now seeing a wide array in the types of fiber coming into Standards to boot network operation centers because For years, critics of blown fiber customers are laying multiple have pointed out the lack of stan- topologies over the same back- dards as one of the foremost issues Blown optical fiber is a system in which fiber is blown into bone infrastructure,” says Tem- for not supporting the technology; a network of microduct tubes via an air delivery system of pleman. “These customers require however, The International Elec- compressed air or nitrogen. (Source: General Cable) different types for various applica- trotechnical Commission (IEC; tions, like voice, data, security, and www.iec.ch) recently published the fi rst global blown fiber _______ building automation, which is why we decided to offer the standard (IEC 60794-5), which included definitions of blown hybrid bundle.” fiber products and a test menu for customers. These new hybrid bundles allow traditional 50- and 62.5-μm “While the IEC standard won’t be the driving factor for multimode, singlemode, and laser-optimized 50-μm fiber to market growth in Europe, it will definitely help; when tech- share one of FutureFLEX’s 19 tubes, whereas previously they nology is written down in standards, it always has more were blown into one or more of the inner tube cells, requiring credibility,” says van Melsem. According to Emtelle, the a two-step fiber insertion. standard will enable those who manufacture, install, and Emtelle has focused most of its recent efforts on ➤ 12 ■ September 2007 ■ Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cable-install.com C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  15. 15. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F Like the Mars Rover’s continuing leadership in the exploration of space, Mohawk’s GigaLAN10™ UTP copper cable continues to lead the way in supporting 10GbE. Mohawk’s GigaLAN 10, the highest performance Augmented Category 6 cable to support 10 BASE-T to a full 100 meters, exceeds the latest IEEE and TIA/EIA requirements. GigaLAN10’s patented inner FlexWeb® construction, combined with their unique jacketed designs, knocks out concerns with alien crosstalk in the emerging Augmented Category 6 requirements. Mohawk leaps over the competition to stay ahead of technology for all topologies. For more information visit www.mohawk-cable.com or call 800-422-9961. MOHAWK Cabling Excellence for Open Architecture VISIT OUR BOOTH #603 AT BISCI, LAS VEGAS C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
  16. 16. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F driving FTTH,” says van Melsem. “We’re seeing things like local authorities investing with commercial companies to improve the infrastructure. Denmark alone, which is a relatively small country, has 1.3 billion Euros reserved to build out FTTH.” Van Melsem adds, “When it comes to FTTH, investments can be easily upgraded when takeup rate goes up. Main- tenance is cheaper, and the use of preterminated blown fiber reduces the amount of labor and specialized skills required.” The FTTH market in the U.S., however, does not offer as much growth potential. “Incumbent service providers like Verizon are not bending over backwards to put in blown fiber,” says Templeman. “The cost models in Europe don’t nec- In Europe, blown fiber is a popular means of bringing fiber to the home, which means that a fiber-optic system sometimes must travel through difficult terrain. (Source: Emtelle) products that contribute economically to the acceptance of blown fiber to the home by driving down the cost of labor, which can account for nearly 70% of the total cost for a FTTH investment. “As soon as we can drive down that cost of labor, by either reducing the amount of labor required or simplifying the process, that has a huge impact on the total cost,” says van Melsem. “We believe that training is one of the key differentiators that make a blown fiber installa- tion successful. By offering focused, simple training, consul- tants, engineers, and installers can understand the various dynamics involved and provide better, faster installations.” Emtelle has also introduced a full line of enclosures that are geared toward blown fiber systems, and also recently launched blowing equipment that lets installers blow in fiber with counts of 1 to 96 on the same machine. “The new blowing equipment allows installers to reduce setup time and become very familiar Sumitomo reports significant growth in deployment of its FutureFLEX with one machine,” says van Melsem. “When it comes to labor blown fiber system in the commercial premises marketplace where the costs, we see reducing setup time as a real benefit.” company focuses its efforts. While blown fiber is not a huge focus for General Cable, the company says it is a good product line that it will continue to essarily work here in the U.S. They have a lot more multiple- promote. General Cable’s Blolite is available in all fiber types, dwelling units and historical concerns than we do.” and the company recently introduced a larger 19-tube cable. “Because we’ve been successful in specialty markets, we can Global reach continue to make product enhancements and offer our prod- The Middle East is another region showing recent interest ucts in the commercial space as well,” says Carnes. in blown fiber technology,with daily requests coming out of countries like Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and United Arab Emir- Worldwide potential ates (UAE), where a lot of money is being targeted to build, Throughout the world, blown fiber has growth potential in sev- or rebuild and revitalize, the region. Installers and designers eral specific markets and regions. In Europe, the most signifi- in that region are considering which technology they should cant area for growth is in the FTTH market, where labor rates invest in, and certain regulations are pushing some are high, operating expenses are of constant concern, and the installers to consider blown fiber. business models are an advantage. “Here in Iran, we have a producer of traditional fiber that “There are quite a few business models in Europe that are our government urges all the installers to buy from,” ➤ 14 ■ September 2007 ■ Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cable-install.com C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue B Next Page EMaGS F
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  18. 18. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F explains Naser Vahidi, an Iranian General Cable has experienced success in the installer. “If we want to work indepen- military and non-military specialty markets dently, we have to approach our projects with its Blolite blown fiber system. with another type of solution, like blown fiber. “ military and specialty applications. A good deal of blown fiber is being “When it comes to hospitals, blown fi- installed in Dubai, UAE, which has ber offers a very clean installation that recently attracted worldwide attention saves IT departments so much hassle with through innovative real estate projects infections disease control agencies and and is increasingly developing as a hub officers,” says Manning. “Once the tubes for IT and finance. “Dubai has unbeliev- are installed, they can blow fiber any- able structures, and they want everything where without disturbing the airflow or to be the most advanced,” says Alexandra having to move patients to accommodate Manning, marketing communications installation.” manager with Sumitomo. “Money is not Despite better acceptance and growth, an issue, and they understand that they product enhancements, and worldwide have many resources to protect, they’re potential, blown fiber technology still has going to have a lot of changes, and the an uphill climb. “Acceptance has a lot to blown fiber system makes the most sense.” do with the period of time that a market or region has been familiar with the technology, “ says van Melsem. “When we Healthcare opportunities deal with customers that have been deploying traditional tech- In the U.S., the most potential for growth continues to be the nology for a long period of time, it makes it more complicated healthcare, education, and entertainment industries, as well as to convince them otherwise. That’s human nature.” They’ll ROCK Your World! Get top performance from our new family of fiber optic test equipment! These precision instruments will amaze you in terms of their performance and affordability. They’re also easy to use, enabling you to take center stage as you fly through fiber optic test routines. These units are equipped with impact-resistant rubber boots and are made to take whatever you dish out. 1.800.5000.FIS 161 Clear Road • Oriskany, NY 13424 Tel: 315.736.2206 • Fax: 315.736.2285 info@fiberinstrumentsales.com www.fiberinstrumentsales.com 16 ■ September 2007 ■ Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cable-install.com C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F
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  21. 21. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F www.cable-install.com installation Back to school with 10-Gbit Ethernet E ncompassing square miles and slightly 686 more than 22,000 residents, Rural Georgia school district acquires E-rate funds to implement the most advanced UTP cabling available. Emanuel County includes Swainsboro and seven surrounding communities located in east-central Georgia, 90 miles west of Savan- nah. Here in this rural area, a county school district believes a strong educational program in each of its eight schools is the foundation for a thriving and pro- gressive community. Even more unexpected is the district’s forward-think- ing approach as it embarks on the installation of a new district-wide network capable of supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and today’s most advanced network technologies. Years in the making Originally implemented in the mid 1990s, the network serving Emanuel County’s schools included a mix of Category 4, Category 5, fiber, leased T-1 circuits, and 10-Mbit/sec switches that by 2004 no longer served the needs of students and faculty. “Every time we needed more connectivity, we would add another low-end switch,” says Jerry Stefansen, for- mer director of technology who stayed on as part-time project consultant for the district, following retirement in 2005. “We ended up with too much cabling and dai- sy-chaining that eventually became a huge wiring night- mare. We were also having constant repairs and requests for higher-speed applications.” Stacey Barber, director of technology for the Emanuel County In fall 2004, Butch Frye, superintendent for the dis- School District, examines a connection that was part of the trict, challenged the schools to move forward and district’s recent $2.8-million network upgrade. replace the network instead of just fi xing what was already in place. Armed with nearly a $500,000 com- local option sales tax, the school district embarked on mitment from the community through an approved the task of planning the network and applying for the remaining 83% of funds through the federal govern- MICHAEL O’CONNOR is a technical marketing director for Hubbell ment’s Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known Premise Wiring, Inc. (www.hubbell-premise.com), a subsidiary of Hubbell _____________ as E-Rate. (See sidebar, “What is E-Rate?,” page 20.) Inc. He is an active member of the TIA, IEEE, BICSI, and CSI. “In the E-Rate application process, we included ➤ www.cable-install.com Cabling Installation & Maintenance ■ September 2007 ■ 19 C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F
  22. 22. C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F What is E-Rate? U nder the direction of the Federal Communications Com- mission, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as “E-Rate.” The E-Rate fund provides discounts to assist most U.S. schools and libraries in obtaining affordable telecommunications services. Funding, ranging from 20 to 90%, depends on the level of poverty and urban/rural status of the specific population being served. It covers four categories: telecommunications services; Internet access; internal connections; and basic maintenance of internal connections. To apply for E-Rate funds, applicants must first prepare a technology plan to demonstrate clear goals, a professional development strategy, needs assessment, required budget, and evaluation process. Once the plan is approved, applicants complete a Form 470 to describe the specific products, ser- vices, and functions being requested. “Instead of a formal bidding process like you have in the com- mercial marketplace, the E-Rate Form 470 becomes a world- wide RFP [request for proposal] that anyone can read and Systems & Solutions Inc.’s Avery Hinson, RCDD, and Arvin Weaver, lead respond to,” says Jerry Stefansen, former director of technology technician, check some of the 2,400 Augmented Category 6 connec- and part-time project consultant for Emanuel County School tions meant to support 10-Gigabit Ethernet transmission. District. “For our recent project, we put absolutely everything we needed on that form. We had several companies bid on either part or all of the project, and we evaluated each response The technology plan for Emanuel School District was as E-Rate requires us to do.” approved and open for bid through E-Rate. When Atlanta- Once the applicant selects a service provider or contrac- based Systems & Solutions, Inc. (SSI; www.systemsandsolutions. tor, that applicant must complete Form 471 Services Ordered net) bid on the project, the district felt their response was the __ and Certification Form, which is the actual request for funding. most creative and comprehensive. The process then enters a Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Applying for E-Rate funds can be a lengthy process, which review, which includes proof of funds for non-discounted por- for Emanuel County School District meant its share of paper- tions of the budget, questions and clarifications, verification of work. “We started planning in late 2004 and submitted our certifications and statements, and other requirements. application in February 2006,” says Barber. “It was another “We had to answer several questions, which required a eight months before we were officially approved for E-Rate lot of time and research,” says Stefansen. “They scrutinize funds.” The final budget for the project ended up at nearly every aspect of a project and ask the right questions. Since first applying for E-Rate funds nearly a decade ago, I’ve seen a huge $2.8 million, with E-Rate providing approximately $2.3 improvement in the review process and in their understanding million. The project then moved forward with an expected of the technology. Having E-Rate put their stamp of approval completion before the start of the 2007-2008 academic year, on a project means that it’s a good project.” three years following the superintendent’s initial request. Once the Form 471 is approved, applicants and service providers submit further forms to indicate that services have Choosing first-class solutions begun and to receive payment. More information is avail- By the time the project was approved for funding through able by visiting www.usac.org and clicking on Schools and E-Rate, technology had evolved significantly. Voice over IP Libraries.—MO (VoIP), Power over Ethernet (PoE), and 10-Gigabit network speeds had become a reality. As the project progressed, SSI everything from switches to cabling to telephony, but we did suggested the possibility of selecting an Augmented Cate- not call for a specific type of cabling or vendor at that time,” gory 6 (Category 6A) unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable explains Stacey Barber, the district’s current director of tech- capable of supporting 10GbE over a 100-meter channel nology. “We simply stated that we wanted the very latest in cop- per the ratified IEEE 802.3an 10GBase-T standard and per and fiber technology to carry us forward at least another TIA 568-B.2-10 draft standard. 10 years and support the advanced applications we desired.” Looking toward the future, Emanuel School District ➤ 20 ■ September 2007 ■ Cabling Installation & Maintenance www.cable-install.com C Previous Page A Installation 7Maintenance Contents Zoom In Zoom Out Front Cover Search Issue Next Page EMaGS B F

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