NYC local event: UNIGROUP meeting Thur 16-MAR-2017: DataCenter Structured Cabling Trends

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     Topic:  Data Center Structured Cabling Trends

   Speaker:  Peter Helfrich, Leviton Specification Engineer International,
             Leviton <

      When:  Thursday, March 16th, 2017  (** 3rd Thursday **)

     Where:  The Cooper Union  <
             School of Engineering
             41 Cooper Square       (3rd Ave @ 7th St, bet. 6th & 7th Sts)
             East Village, Manhattan
             New York City
             Meeting Room: 502  (** New Building: 5th Floor **)

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                Answers and Current Events
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

      Cost:  See the Meeting+Membership Fee Schedule Below.


The week of March 13th, 2017 brings the DCD / DatacenterDynamics
Enterprise Conference and events to NYC (see below).  Keeping
with that Data Center theme, the March 2017 Unigroup meeting
will be on Data Center Structured Cabling Trends.

Unigroup has a couple of interesting meetings in the works on the
following topics: The Latest C/C++ Standards, The State of the C++
Ecosystem, High Performance Computing Clusters, Fiber+Copper
Network Cabling Infrastructure/Standards.

Unigroup's scheduled meeting topics are:
16-MAR-2017: Data Center Structured Cabling Trends (Speaker: Leviton)
18-MAY-2017: Linux HPC Clusters (Speaker: Prentice Bisbal)
15-JUN-2017: Optical Fiber Networking (Speaker: OCC)



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Topic: Data Center Structured Cabling Trends

   Related Topics/Keywords

Data Centers, Copper/Fiber Computer Network Communications,
Structured Cabling, CAT5E, CAT6A, CAT8, RJ45, Standards.

   Introduction & Description of Talk:

This talk will be an overview of Data Center Structured Cabling
industry trends and technologies.

   Presentation Outline

 1. To-Be-Announced:
 2. Data Center Trends
 3. Structured Cabling Infrastructure
 4. Copper vs Fiber
 5. CAT5E vs CAT6 vs CAT6A vs CAT8 Copper
 6. Connectors and Connections

   References & Web Resources:




   Speaker Biography

Peter Helfrich R.C.D.D. D.C.D.C.
Leviton Specification Engineer International

Peter has been providing consulting, design, product selection
and project oversight to the network infrastructure industry
for over 30 years.  Peter has extensive experience designing
cabling systems, WiMax and WiFi deployments, security systems,
audio-visual systems, and data center solutions for large and
small organizations.  Peter currently works with Leviton Network
Solutions as a Specification Engineer focused on supporting
design professionals who work on global projects.

Since 2012- Peter is part of a team of skilled Specification
Engineers at Leviton Network solutions, all of whom carry RCDD
credentials.  Leviton Specification Engineers provide support to
Consultants, Architects, Specifiers and IT professionals who
design network infrastructure for global projects. Leviton SEs
are a valued resource providing product specifications, technical
support, educational seminars, and design assistance.  Leviton
Specification Engineers also liaison to the entire Leviton Network
Solutions support organization including our people and resources
around the world.  Specification Engineers have a minimum of 15
years industry experience.

Prior to 2012- Peter was a business owner and entrepreneur
ultimately holding the position of President of a multi-million
dollar ICT equipment supplier, cable assembly manufacturer and
field services organization.  Peter was a partner in this
organization for over 20 years and was integral to the growth
strategy.  During his tenure at this organization he oversaw the
sales and implementation teams in the areas of structured cabling,
wireless technologies, network hardware, security systems and
Audio Visual systems.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University
of New York.  Peter has held the prestigious BICSI Registered
Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential since 1993.
Peter also holds the DCDC Data Center Design Consultant
certification from BICSI achieved in 2016.  Peter has garnered
numerous manufacturer training certifications in the areas of
cabling and networking during his career.


   Company Biography

Quoted from the Leviton About Us page:

Leviton is the smart choice, delivering the most comprehensive
range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential,
commercial and industrial customers in more than 90 countries
across the globe.  From simple switches and receptacles, to
networking systems and smart home automation, Leviton exceeds
market needs by delivering innovative products to create
sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical
wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions,
LED lighting and lighting energy management systems,
and security and automation applications.

For information about Leviton, please visit:



Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have
been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their
books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our
meetings.  The publishers always ask that the persons receiving
the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
start of the meeting.

Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to restock.


   Fee Schedule:

Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

   Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.



 The Cooper Union  <
 School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
 41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
 East Village, Manhattan
 New York City, 10003
 Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room Changes Month-to-Month)

Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
new building with the non-traditional appearance.
Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7 Street.

Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
 directions to Unigroup (the room varies from month-to-month).

Nearest mass transit stations are:
 '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
           then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
 'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
           then 1 block South.
 '4/5/N/Q'     to Union Square, then walk South and East.
           or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place.
 'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East,
           or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place.

Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
 Astor Place (8th Street), across from the West side of
 Cooper Square, as well as various others in the area.


Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
   in an upcoming announcement.  Unigroup issues a "Thank You"
   to all our speakers and sponsors!

Our thanks goes to The Cooper Union School of Engineering,
and its staff, for hosting our meetings.



a) Anixter Enterprise To CoLo Migration DCD Pre-Event

  Date : Mon, Mar 13, 2017

  Where: New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
     Midtown, NYC

  For information and registration visit:

b) DCD - DataCenterDynamics Enterprise NYC 2017

  Date : Tue, Mar 14, 2017
     Wed, Mar 15, 2017

  Where: New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
     Midtown, NYC

  For information and registration visit:

  (Note: Looks like some complimentary passes may still be
     available for this event.)

c) HPC for Wall Street Show

  Date:  Mon, Apr 03, 2017

  Where: Roosevelt Hotel
     Midtown, NYC

  For information and registration visit:

d) SUSE Expert Day NYC

  Date:  Thu, Apr 06, 2017

  Where: Westin New York at Times Square
     Midtown, NYC

  For information and registration visit:



We have a series of meetings in the works:
- 20170316: Data Center Structured Cabling Trends.
- 20170518: High Performance Computing Clusters.
- 20170615: Optical Fiber Networking.
- 2017????: What's new in the latest C/C++ Standards.
- 2017????: The State of the C++ Ecosystem.
- Planning: Popular Linux Distribution Round-Up and Comparison
       (aka: Are there too many Linux Distributions?)
- Planning: Building a Data Server with Oracle/Sun ZFS
- Planning: Virtualization: KVM, Xen/XenServer, VirtualBox
- Planning: DNS / Dynamic DNS
- Planning: Fibrechannel and iSCSI Storage
- Planning: IPsec and VPNs  (possibly 2 meetings)
- Planning: Cloud and Grid Computing
- Planning: Unix/Linux Authentication
- Planning: NO SPAM!
- Planning: Crypto / PKI / GPG-PGP
- Planning: The latest on *BSD (FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD)
- Planning: The latest on Solaris
- Planning: Anti-Virus
- Unix/Linux/BSD Clusters and Clustered Databases
- Patching and Updating Unix/Linux/BSD (rpm. yum, yast, apt, etc.)
- Building Custom Kernels Unix/Linux/BSD
- Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
- LAMP Part 2 - PHP/Python
- Unix 40th+ Birthday Celebration
- Samba
- High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
- Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
- GNU Development Environments
- Java and/or JavaScript Programming
- Web Development Frameworks

** Unigroup Needs Speakers!!
Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix/Linux/BSD related
technology topics should please contact the Unigroup Board.



Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.
Unigroup is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded
volunteer organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event
meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating to the
Unix/Linux/BSD Operating Systems and User Communities.  Unigroup
meetings tend to be focused towards System Administrators, Network
Administrators, and Software Developers.

Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
ability to hold monthly meetings at our regular meeting location.

Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
 03/16/2017, 05/18/2017, 06/15/2017, 07/20/2017, 09/21/2017, ...
Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

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