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Technology roadmap: CommScope Feb 13, 2008
 

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 choice.

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
http://www.networksasia.net/content/technology-roadmap-commscope

 
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