When the ANSI/TIA-942 standard was published in April 2005, Jonathan Jew from J&M consulting and I - as co-editors of the standard - certainly made a publicity push in the industry to make sure the data center community knew this great document was finally available.

On May 30, I will have the opportunity to speak at the Anixter Showcase in Montreal, Canada, about the latest available document: ANSI/TIA-942-A.

Not only will I speak in my native language – French - but I will get to speak about something very dear to my heart: data centers. It has been a while since I was asked to make a data center standard update presentation.

This standard is different from the other published standards from the TIA TR-42 engineering committee. For the first time, a cabling standard actually went above and beyond the cabling infrastructure, which makes this standard so broadly applicable. The document not only covers the recommendations and requirements for the structured cabling infrastructure, but also provides an informative overview of all the different trades that impact telecommunications in data centers. Since then, the standard has been revised and now has its first new addendum on Data Center Fabric Architecture.

The deployment of data fabric architecture has gained popularity, even more so when consolidation of servers and virtualization are implemented. The idea behind the fabric architecture is to have all active equipment in the fabric connected to each other. This topology offers great benefits as it offers low latency and high bandwidth between any two points in the fabric. Additionally, it increases the quantity of cables, justifying the installation of structured cabling infrastructure for easier administration and troubleshooting.

Jonathan and I will present to the Anixter Canadian Showcase on this topic and I must warn you the presentation will be in French, so have your translator ready if you do not know the language. We are energized and motivated to continue raising awareness of this document in the industry, as we both feel it promotes efforts to create data centers with higher performance.

If you are in town, stop by the Hôtel Montreal Aéroport in Dorval in Montreal on May 30 from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. for a TIA & ISO data center standards update regarding the latest industry changes.

About the Author

Julie Roy

Julie has been in the telecommunications cabling industry since 1988, working for carriers, manufacturers and as a consultant. Her expertise and her leadership in multiple standards development organizations has been recognized and awarded in Canada and the United States. Starting at Bell Canada as a central office technician, she worked up through a number of positions to become a Cabling Solutions and LAN Specialist, responsible for contracted network design and installation. In 1999, she began working for NORDX/CDT (now Belden) as the subject matter expert on technical issues related to cabling design, implementation and product applications. From 2005 to 2012, as a self-employed consultant, she has been involved in numerous office building projects and international data center projects. Recently, she was hired by CommScope as a technical manager where she supports customers, consultants and business partners in the design and installation phases. She has been actively involved in standards development since 1999, occupying leadership positions in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Julie served as Chair of the CSA T104 Committee, responsible for telecommunications cabling standards for commercial and residential installations in Canada, for five years and in terms as Vice-chair of the TIA TR-42.1 Subcommittee on Commercial Building Cabling and TIA TR-42.8 Subcommittee on Optical Fiber Systems. She also served as the editor and expert contributor for several widely recognized published standards including the ANSI/TIA-942, Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, and ANSI/TIA-862-A, Building Automation Systems Cabling Standard. At this time, Julie is the Chair of the TIA TR-42.4 Subcommittee, Customer-Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure and Chair of TIA TR-42.10 Subcommitee, Sustainable Information Communications Technology. In 1997, she was recognized as the first woman in Canada to earn her BICSI RCDD certification. She followed this with her NTS certification in 1998, and her ESS certification in 2009. Since January 2008, Julie has been involved with BICSI as an active member of the Registration and Specialties Supervision Committee (RSSC) and the Ethics Committee. In 2004, Julie was recognized as the recipient of the BICSI Ross G.H. Cotton Award for contributions of an individual in the BICSI Canadian Region to the advancement of BICSI and its goals and objectives. In January 2011, Julie was recognized as the recipient of The Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry. Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Julie graduated with a bachelor degree of Arts from the Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC), a degree in Architecture Technical Studies from the Vanier College (Montreal, Canada) and a specialized certificate in telecommunications from the Ecole des Technologies Superieures of the University of Quebec (Montreal, Canada). Julie is well known for her development of technical documentation, participation of industry cabling standards, and in market-facing content. She speaks French fluently and is a frequent presenter in industry forums and continues her participation in the industry standards forums.

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