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Delegates attending a new-look BICSI conference taking place in Chicago June 25-28 will be able to choose from four different educational tracks covering data centres, security, wireless and diverse b...


May 1, 2006  


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Delegates attending a new-look BICSI conference taking place in Chicago June 25-28 will be able to choose from four different educational tracks covering data centres, security, wireless and diverse business management discussions.

“Whether attending educational sessions, visiting with vendors in the exhibit hall or just hanging out in the RCDD lounge, the event is all about helping you learn and grow,” BICSI president John Bakowski writes on the group’s Web site.

Listed below is a sampling of the type of topics that will be discussed. All RCDDs attending the event, which runs from June 25-28, will receive 15 continuing education credits or CECs.

Data Center Design for this Millennium, Wahid Nawabi, American Power Conversion, Olney, Md.

“In today’s tough economic conditions, IT executives are constantly challenged to find ways to reduce their overall company IT capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenditure (OPEX) budget while maintaining a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure to support their business needs. Within the enterprise IT, one area where drastic improvement could be achieved is data center physical infrastructure, which will be discussed in this presentation.”

Security Management, James Steinwand, RCDD, State of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

“Security Management can mean a lot of things to a lot of people — and they’re all correct. This presentation will engage the audience in the building of a security management organization, structure, framework (call it what you will).

It will be interactive and will include developing functional roles and their placement with such an organization. The session will explore to whom the security management organization should report within the broader corporate or government umbrella, and the pros and cons of each. Most importantly, there will be a discussion of how such structure affects us all.”

Power-over-Ethernet: Considerations and Future Directions, John Schmidt, ADC, Shakopee, Minn.

“There’s been a lot of talk lately about Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), a market that is growing by leaps and bounds. Given the future impact PoE-based devices will have on the enterprise market, it’s important to carefully consider the devices’ capabilities, limitations, and future directions before putting them to use. A successful PoE deployment is one that takes into account both the potential and limitations of the devices. This seminar will discuss the considerations and future directions of PoE that will ultimately benefit networks deploying IP-based technologies like VoIP, Wi-Fi, and networking technologies.”

Data Centre Building Blocks, Mark Guymon, RCDD/NTS Specialist, Leviton Voice & Data, Bothell, Wash.

“Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical element of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. The new TIA/EIA-942 standard provides guidance on designing and building a data centre, but it is primarily focused on data centre cabling systems and cabling pathways. This presentation will discuss some of the other building blocks — power distribution, power quality, cooling, monitoring and more-that are critical elements of a data center’s infrastructure.”