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CIO February 2004

Subject:

Re: new wiring, CAT 6 or fiber?

From:

Dewitt Latimer <[log in to unmask]>

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The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 20 Feb 2004 11:24:52 -0500

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I'll beat my infrastructure drum here.  If you are diligent and put the
money in the cable trays, risers, and conduit infrastructure, then you can
avoid the tendency to get sucked into the cable guessing game.  In short,
you just make it damn easy (and not cost prohibitive) to pull the
appropriate cable to the needed place.

If you look back over the lat 10 years, we've seen CAT3->CAT5, various
grades of MMF/SMF, and whatnot, but a 4" conduit is still 4" and it's still
round.  Some things just withstand the test of time better than others.

-d

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Dewitt Latimer, Ph.D.
Deputy CIO and Chief Technology Officer
The University of Notre Dame
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: [CIO] new wiring, CAT 6 or fiber?


> My first question would be how easy it will be to get fiber network cards
> for your workstations? For example, I've never seen a fiber NIC integrated
> on any Dell motherboard. I'm also unaware of any fiber attached VOIP
> phones. I would think that you would have a hard (expensive) time finding
> network switches with dense fiber port configurations. Given that Cat6 can
> handle gigabit, is easy to work with, well known by installers, etc., I
> don't see any reason to go to the trouble of fiber to the desktop. Very
> few of our users even use half of the 100 Mbps they have over copper to
> their desktop now so bandwidth isn't yet an issue. However, given that
> uncompressed HDTV is something like 1.5 Gbps, the day may come.
>
> If you have the money, it is probably cheaper in the long run to pull a
> structured cable that has Cat6 copper and fiber at the same time. You have
> a lot of labor costs in pulling cable and doing terminations. Pulling the
> fiber at the same time means you don't pay for that labor twice so your
> only extra cost is the materials. You can then terminate the copper for
> now and terminate the fiber when you need it. I actually did this at my
> house when I remodeled. I paid a few dollars extra for a structured cable
> that had several cable types, including fiber, and only terminated what I
> need now. I can then use the fiber as more advanced video and data
> solutions become available.
>
> --
> Ron Parker, Director of Information Technology, Brazosport College
> Voice: (979) 230-3480             FAX: (979) 230-3111
> http://www.brazosport.edu
>
>
> On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, John Isenhour wrote:
>
> > We have several buildings coming online and I would like to move from
> > from CAT 5e to CAT 6.   After investigating, I am wondering if we
> > should
> > just go with fiber to the desktop and be that much ahead of the game.
> > It does not seem that much more expensive.   I was wondering what the
> > trends are and about any pros/cons of just going straight to fiber?
> >
> > PS, I also got a site license for Norton AV for our students for
> > greatly
> > reduced cost (I went to Symantec and had them push the deal to our
> > VAR).  I know from a previous position if you get a state wide multi
> > university deal it gets really cheap.
> >
> > thanks,
> > john
> >
> >
> >
> > John L. Isenhour, Ph.D.
> > Director of Information Technology Services
> > Kennesaw State University
> > Phone: 770-423-6620  Fax: 770-423-6706
> >
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