Fiber-Optic Cabling Technological Advancements

May 25th at 1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMT

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Webcast Description:

In order to support the vast capabilities of optical networking, layer-one fiber-optic cabling systems have had to advance technologically. That technological advancement can manifest in a number of ways, including: increased capabilities that are transparent to installers and users; physical changes to systems and components; new procedures for deploying fiber systems; or new tools for optimum performance. This webcast seminar, produced by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, examines a few of the technological advancements that have been made in the realm of fiber-optic cabling infrastructure design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance.

Presentation 1: Optical return loss, reflectance, MPO connectors and data centers
Data center and large enterprise optical network line rate increases in the fast lane. 10-Gbits/sec is no longer sufficient in many cases, especially in the leaf-spine segment where multimode-based 40-Gbit/sec and singlemode-based 100-Gbit/sec are in full swing, and 200- to 400-Gbit/sec are in the planning phase. In these networks, fiber-optic link segments can range in length from 10s of meters to 1 kilometer; these links are terminated with LC duplex or MPO connectivity. At 10-Gbit/sec, link loss and distance were the only parameters to validate; but now at 4x25G 100-Gbit/sec, reflectance and cleanliness are of prime importance. This presentation will review the considerations and test solutions that increase the chances of doing the work first-time right and on budget.

Presentation 2: Adopting the latest fiber-optic cabling standards
Many organizations are upgrading data centers, or building new facilities, to take advantage of higher-speed architectures. In these situations it pays to be aware of the latest cabling standards because by adopting them, organizations can build faster, more-flexible data centers that offer lower operational costs. This presentation will review key cabling standards and techniques that are new in 2017, describing how they can be used to deliver faster, more-agile data centers at lower costs. The presentation will cover the characteristics and applications of OM5 fiber and short-wave division multiplexing (SWDM). It will explain how implementing OM5 and SWDM can improve data center operations, and how the two technologies impact high-speed migration efforts.

Presentation 3: Achieving low-loss requirements through fusion splicing
Mating optical fibers via fusion splicing is a superior means of achieving low loss and low reflectance in fiber-optic links. Advancements in fusion splicing technology enable network owners to enjoy low-loss, high-performance optical performance in multimode or singlemode applications. This presentation discusses the benefits of fusion splicing as well as the capabilities of today’s most-advanced splicers. It describes the differences between core-alignment and cladding-alignment splicers, explaining each option’s ideal fit with specific applications.

Presented by:

Nicholas Gagnon
Business Development Manager

Nicholas is responsible for business development in Data center market segment, worldwide, accountable for profit & loss of the product portfolio for this market segment. Prior to joining EXFO, he held the position of Sales Director - International & Canada and Senior Product Manager at Handyem inc. as well the positions of Business Development Manager and Product Line Manager at TeraXion. He holds a Lecture, Innovation degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, a MSc., Marketing and Diffusion of Innovations from Sherbrooke University and a Bachelor degree in Marketing from Laval University.

Ken Hall
Data Center Solutions Architect

Ken is currently a Data Center Solutions Architect for North America, responsible for technology and thought leadership as well as high speed migration planning for Enterprise and related markets.

His background includes Strategic Account Management for top tier data center accounts, along with partnership and joint technology development with the leading Global Network and SAN vendors. Prior to that as Global Data Center Program Manager, he worked with Enterprise clients, Service Providers, and Network OEMs on data center and equipment efficiency designs.

He has authored articles published in a variety of cabling industry, technology, and facilities management publications. Ken has been with CommScope, previously TE Connectivity for over 31 years in program and project management, technical sales and marketing. He has been awarded 5 patents to date associated with fiber optics, intelligent cabling, and cable management.  

Keith Foord
Product Manager, Fiber Optics
Greenlee Communications

Keith Foord is the Fiber-optic Product Manager at Greenlee Communications with over 25 years experience in the design of OTDR’s, OLTS’s and other fiber-optic instrumentation. OTDR technology expertise includes handheld and laboratory instruments that are conventional pulsed technology and millimeter resolution with >100dB dynamic range that employ photon-counting techniques.

Moderator: Patrick McLaughlin
Chief Editor
Cabling Installation & Maintenance

*The granting of 1 Continuing Education Credit for this webcast by BICSI does not imply or suggest that BICSI approves or endorses this event.

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