Quicker adoption of SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D copper
solutions in 2008 is seen with the imminent approval and
publication of the ANSI/TIA-568-B.2-10 Category 6A and the
ISO/IEC 11801 Class EA standards,
What are highlights of your structured cabling
technology roadmap for 2008?
The first would be the quicker adoption of SYSTIMAX
GigaSPEED X10D copper solutions in 2008 with the imminent
approval and publication of the ANSI/TIA-568-B.2-10 Category
6A and the ISO/IEC 11801 Class EA standards, with rollouts of
10GBASE-T equipment demos by vendors such as Cisco and Intel.
There are also developments in SYSTIMAX InstaPATCH
pre-connectorized fiber solutions for data center backbone and
SAN applications where ultra-high density is required.
CommScope Labs is also collaborating with equipment
manufacturers at IEEE to enable cost-effective migration paths
from 10Gbps to 40- and 100Gbps solutions using InstaPatch
parallel fiber solutions, further accelerating the adoption
rate of these preconnectorized fiber solutions.
Consider also the SYSTIMAX iPatch RTIM (Real Time
Infrastructure Management) system for simplifying and
automating in the data center. One area is in automated patch
management and compliance auditing by deploying the iPatch
system for more accurate service provisioning for moves, adds
and changes and extending security to the physical layer.
How does the right structured cabling technology
contribute to more efficient cooling/heat dispersion when used
in data centers?
A current debate relevant to this topic is focused on fiber
versus twisted-pair (TP) networking hardware. If 10G
technology is widely installed today, then it is true that
fiber technology offers lower power consumption than TP-based
technology, as shown in Table 1. Also stated is the projected
power consumption of a 10GBASE-T transceiver from one of the
10G transceiver vendors.
By 2009, the projected power consumption of a 10GBASE-T
transceiver will be comparable to that of a current 10G fiber
transceiver. However, a more relevant comparison will be to
look at the power consumption of an established technology, by
comparing 1000BASE-SR with 1000BASE-T technologies. This is
provided in Table 2.
In this comparison, the power consumption against an
established technology is comparable. The key difference for
1G Ethernet is cost a 1000BASE-T NIC is approximately
one-third less expensive than 1000BASE-SR.
Another factor to consider is that minimizing obstacles is
also important for efficient cooling. This is particularly
true for SAN (Storage Area Network) design. Some are still
using single or duplex fiber patch cords which is not a good
Also, the hot aisle-cold aisle concept must be used. Data
cabling should be placed in the hot aisle for a raised-floor
design or when using overhead cable trays/baskets, and power
cables should be placed in the cold aisle.
Which SI / installers in Malaysia, Singapore are
trained and certified on the abovementioned new technologies?
From Singapore: LanTroVision, EMS Wiring Systems, Mossad
Services. For Malaysia: Jebsen & Jessen, Perniagaan Letrik
Dunia Bintang, Linear Online.
By TC Tan, distinguished member of technical staff,
SYSTIMAX Solutions R&D, SYSTIMAX Labs
Source: Network World Asia