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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.