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BICSI holds Middle East conference in Dubai

Two-day event draws IT leaders from across the region

BICSI holds Middle East conference in Dubai
Talks focused on modern data centre needs, basic digital circuitry, and anticipating the future.

BICSI, the professional ICT association, last month held its annual Middle East Conference and Exhibition at Dubai's Habtoor Grand hotel.

The two-day conference, workshops and keynote talks from some of the region's leading ICT personalities, fulfilled the RCDD conference attendance requirement for BICSI members. Credential holders that attended received their conference credit plus 12 Continuing Education Credits (CECs). And those that attended the pre-conference seminar received an additional three CECs.

The first workshop of the conference, held by Christian Schillab, product manager for media test products at Fluke Networks, went into fibre and testing basics. Schillab explained best practices when testing fibre, including loss testing, troubleshooting, fibre inspection and cleaning, and documentation.

Schillab also lead a session on how to ensure a fibre-optic network is ready for speeds from 10 Gb/s to 100 Gb/s. "We see a number of trends in today's data centres - MPO to support rapid deployment and a stepping stone towards economical 40G and 100Mb/s applications over multimode fibre, as well as the support of multiple zones in a data centre," he said.

"The two have one challenge in common; the installer is confronted with very tight pass/fail criteria during the final testing. This situation calls for procedures, which build on the most accurate reference methods and tools which are compliant with a new requirement referred to as ‘encircled Flux.'"

Later in the conference, the Fluke man went into how much re-testing can cost a company. He cited research that said 90% of contractors report dealing with issues related to set-up, testing and reporting every month. And that more than half report dealing with seven or more issues.

"Add it all up, and a week of labour is wasted on a typical 1,000-drop job," he said.                                    

Meanwhile, Dr Taseer A. Rangrez, head of commercial services and ICT incubation at Etisalat Services' Tamdeed Projects, delivered a keynote speech on how standards can help to make the world work more efficiently. Other talks focused on modern data centre needs, basic digital circuitry, and anticipating the future.

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