How will the new data center standard affect you?

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Do you like to keep up-to-date on the standards but can’t find the time? Me too!

Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine posted an update on their website yesterday on the proposed update to the TIA 942, Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers. The draft is working its way towards publication some time in 2012.

Some of the major changes that caught my eye include:

  • Removing content for Grounding and Bonding (a.k.a. “Earthing” if you’re not a Yank), Administration (a.k.a “labeling” for the average person), outside plant pathways & the 100 meter length limitation for fiber optic cable.
  • It no longer recognizes Cat3 or 5e copper or OM1 & OM2 fiber cable as viable options in the data center.
  • It adds a section on energy efficiency. (I personally can’t wait to see this one)

Check out the CI&M post here to see what other major changes are coming and how it will impact your future project – or will it?

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