NYC local event: UNIGROUP 15-JUN-2017 (Thu) Meeting: Optical Fiber Networking

Have a question or want to start a discussion? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Unigroup is THIS Thursday evening...
Please RSVP if you will be attending...



     Topic:  Optical Fiber Networking

   Speaker:  Brian Smith, RCDD/NTS,
             Technical Sales Specialist,
             OCC - Optical Cable Corporation <

      When:  Thursday, June 15th, 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.


   Unigroup's June 2017 meeting will be on Computer Networking
   using Optical Fiber.  Our speaker is from OCC, one of the major
   manufacturers of glass fiber, as well as both Copper and Fiber
   Cabling Infrastructure components.  This meeting continues our
   series of meetings on Datacenter Infrastructure, and will make
   a nice followup to our Datacenter Structured Cabling Trends talk
   that we had a couple of months ago.

   Unigroup's July 2017 meeting will on The Latest C++ Standards,
   including the major changes over the past 6 years, what
   developers must know to stay current, and how coding using the
   new language and library features is likely to be quite different
   from that done in prior years.  We expect to cover these language
   iterations: moving beyond C++98/03, C++11 -> C++14, C++14 -> C++17,
   Additionally, our speaker will have just come back from attending
   the latest C++ Standards Committee meeting one week earlier, so
   he will be presenting bleeding-edge information to Unigroup.

   Unigroup has a couple of interesting meetings in the works on the
   following topics: The State of the C++ Ecosystem, Linux
   Performance Tuning.

   Unigroup's scheduled meeting topics are:
   15-JUN-2017: Optical Fiber Networking
                (Speaker: OCC-Optical Cable Corp./Brian Smith)
   20-JUL-2017: The Latest C/C++ Standards
                (Speaker: Bloomberg/Alisdair Meredith)



   Most Unigroup meetings are open to the public!

   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
   Registration Page:

   This will allow us to automate the registration process.
   (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
   Please avoid Emailed RSVPs.

   Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
   for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
   registered for this meeting, please check your Email for any last
   minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
   any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
   If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
   our mailing list.

   Also, if you have an interest in Unigroup, be sure to receive
   Unigroup information DIRECTLY from Unigroup, via direct receipt
   of our Emails and by visiting the Unigroup Web Site.  NO OTHER
   SOURCE provides timely, accurate and complete Unigroup information.

   Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
   prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
   RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

   Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
         will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
         properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
         seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
         If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
         still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
         we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
         you are "not on the list" (note: things tend to work out OK).



   Topic: Optical Fiber Networking

   Related Topics/Keywords

   Data Centers, Fiber/Copper Computer Network Communications,
   Structured Cabling, OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OM5, CAT5E, CAT6A, CAT8,
   PoE, PON, Singlemode, Multimode, Glass Fiber, Laser Optics,
   Best Practices, Networking Standards.

   Introduction & Description of Talk:

   The presentation will be covering how the passive infrastructure
   of optical fiber and copper interact with the various active
   equipment... and how to make the proper choice!!

   Presentation Outline

   1. History and evolution of copper technology from pre-categories
      to Category 8.  Showcase the categories in use and why you
      should choose the category of copper cabling that is right for
      your site.  Is the highest category always the correct choice.

   2. Power over Ethernet?  What are the issues as we evolve to the
      latest version POE++?

   3. Is shielded cable a viable solution or should I use only
      Unshielded cabling?

   4. Taking the mystery out of optical fiber cable.  Should we always
      chose Laser Optimized Multimode cable?  Is 62.5 micron fiber
      still a viable option?  When would I decide to use singlemode
      cable in a standard office building?

   5. Should we consider the use of Passive Optical Networking as a
      choice for my network?

   6. To-be-announced.

   References & Web Resources:



   Speaker Biography

   Brian Smith, Technical Sales Specialist for the North East, OCC.

   OCC: Technology supporting End User Clients, Consultants and
   Contractors with the OCC product line of optical and copper IT
   products and services since June 2015.  Brian supports these
   entities with industry technical updates and standards.  He works
   with clients and assists them with product and technology choices,
   helping them select competitive and technologically appropriate

   Prior work history: American Communications Industry- ACI:
   Technical Sales/Systems Engineer; Anixter: Systems Engineer;
   Cableworx: VP-Technology; AT&T/Lucent/Avaya: NE Technology
   Support for Systimax Solutions.


   Company Biography

   Quoted from the OCC web site:

   Optical Cable Corporation (OCC) is a leading manufacturer of the
   highest quality tight-buffer fiber optic cables and data
   communication connectivity solutions designed for enterprise
   markets and customized solutions for specialty uses and harsh
   environments.  Today, OCC offers an integrated suite of quality,
   warranted network cabling solutions designed to provide
   outstanding performance characteristics.

   For more information about OCC, visit the OCC Web Site:



   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


   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
       Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
       Non-Member Single Meeting Fee:                  $ 20.00
       Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

     * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.
                        MasterCard, VISA, Discover (since 2013).

     ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
       currently enrolled in classes (rather than working
       full-time), and as such, your Student ID should show
       a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
       containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
       current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
       to university facilities just does not feel right.
       If your ID contains no date, please bring
       additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

   NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
         NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.

   Members: Remember to bring your Unigroup membership card with
            you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!



   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

   This normally includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef,
   chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads
   (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water
   and assorted SOFT beverages.

   However, due to a continuing situation at our caterer, we are
   planning to have: pizza (cheese+veggy), soda, water, cookies,
   and brownies at this meeting.

   We expect that OCC will be sponsoring the food service for this
   meeting.  Thanks OCC!



     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. Developer Week NYC 2017

      Date : Mon, Jun 19, 2017
             Tue, Jun 20, 2017
             Wed, Jun 21, 2017

      Where: Brooklyn Expo Center
             Brooklyn, NY

      For information and exhibits registration visit:

      Note: Some complimentary exhibits codes have been seen from the
            show management.  We discussed this event at Unigroup's
            May 2017 meeting.



   We have a series of meetings in the works:
   - 20170615: Optical Fiber Networking.
   - 20170720: 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):
     06/15/2017, 07/20/2017, 09/14/2017, 10/19/2017, 11/16/2017, ...
   Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
   facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

   = For Unigroup Information, Events and Meeting Announcements be sure to =
   = visit our World Wide Web Home Page:                                   =
   = =

   For further information or to get on the Unigroup Electronic Mail Mailing
   List send an EMail message to:
        unilist (-a_t-)

   To contact the Board of Directors of Unigroup, send an EMail message to:
        uniboard (-a_t-)

   If you have recently attended a meeting and you are not receiving
   Email announcements, please send us an Email and we will make
   corrections to our lists.

   Please Email the Board with any suggestions, especially potential
   meeting topics and speakers.  Unigroup welcomes contributions and
   content suggestions for our newsletter.  Unigroup is a volunteer
   organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
   can help!


-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director
 unilist (-a_t-)

Site Timeline