Q&A with Data Center POST’s Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu

Rick Dallmann, CABLExpress, Senior Data Center Infrastructure ArchitectRick Dallmann, Senior Data Center Infrastructure Architect of CABLExpress, has more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of fiber optic cabling and structured cabling solutions. Mr. Dallmann recently shared his insights with Data Center POST about problems in the industry that the company is trying to solve, its success and involvement in industry groups. He also revealed CABLExpress’ goal for Data Center World, taking place April 3-6 in Los Angeles,

Data Center POST, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: Tell our readers about your company: What do you do and what problems do you solve?

CABLExpress, Rick Dallmann (CABLExpress-RD) Answer: CABLExpress has offered data center cabling infrastructure technologies worldwide for more than three decades. We create and design innovative, high-density fiber optic structured cabling solutions to help increase performance, maximize return on investment and save time, money and critical space in data centers. We reduce cable management issues and decrease the threat of human error in data center installations, while delivering quality that allows users to get the best performance from their layer one infrastructures.

DCP-KX Q: What do you attribute your company’s success to?

CABLExpress-RD A: Our success stems from our close relationships with hardware OEMs and our customers, as well as our forward-looking approach to design. CABLExpress provides excellence through three distinct focuses:

  1. Partnership – We act as a resource for our customers, providing insight, knowledge and assistance from pre-sales research gathering, to design, to installation.
  1. Technology Leadership – We are experts in the technology we provide, understanding not just our offerings, but also industry trends and standards.
  1. Business Value – We strive to both understand and explain how an investment in our technology will positively impact our customers’ total cost of ownership and improve how they serve their users, clients, students or patients.

DCP-KX Q: How do you see the data center industry evolving? What do you think is the greatest challenge in the data center industry?

CABLExpress-RD A: CABLExpress has a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) on-site and we’re corporate members of BICSI, AFCOM and TIA. We bring an in-depth understanding of current data center standards, such as ANSI/TIA-568-C, ANSI/TIA-942-A and BICSI 002. In addition, we have an on-staff representative member of the TIA Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee (TR-42) and the Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Subcommittee (TR-42.1).

Using the insight we glean from this, we see that increased speeds, high bandwidth needs, bullet-proof security and pressure to get it all done immediately will provide numerous challenges to the data center industry in the coming years.

DCP-KX Q: What new developments are on the horizon for your company?

CABLExpress-RD A: We will offer solutions for fiber optic connectivity up to 400G. We look at the next three to four generations of hardware in order to provide optimal value to our customers. We strive to provide solutions that will last them for multiple generations of technology upgrades.

DCP-KX Q: What would you like to accomplish at Data Center World?

CABLExpress-RD A: Our goal is to meet and collaborate with like-minded users and vendors that “Respect Layer One!”

DCP-KX: Thank you for your time and best of luck at Data Center World.

Readers, if you are interested to learn more about CABLExpress, manufacturer of high-performance data center cabling infrastructure products, please visit http://www.cablexpress.com/.

If you would like to attend Data Center World, please register here. Follow all things Data Center World on Twitter with the hashtag #DataCenterWorld.

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