Now is not the time to look for a new approach to passive Structured Cabling Systems and Intelligent Cabling Systems, but for a new approach to IIM systems. As far as IT Security risks are concerned, the main objective is not to bring as many features as possible to the customer, but simply to have the ones that are really needed. Note that offering a complete set of functionalities to a customer is not really appropriate when some severe security concerns are not addressed. The larger your network, the higher the threat becomes. Not mentioning very popular new Networking approaches such as Cloud Computing and BYOD - these initiatives demand that IT look beyond supporting infrastructure, devices, and applications on the network. This article looks at the considerations that business now take with regards to their IIM systems
If we look at structured cabling system markets today we find a number of categories being used and offered by vendors. Although Category 5 products are no longer available for sale there are still customers using it in their premises. Category 5e, is a commodity product all over the world including emerging markets. Cat 6 is often a first choice for new cabling system installation across most continents with C6A as the next choice. There are higher category products available (cat 7 and C7A) but these, due to high cost, accounts for only a small percent of total sales. C6 and Cat 6A systems are the two most considered SCS by customers as first choice products, and the purpose of this document is to help businesses reach an objective decision as to which SCS to implement.
Over the years structured cabling systems have evolved significantly. Recently, the never-ending need for fast data transmission and efficient network performance is only second to the demand for server virtualization, converged data centers, cloud computing, and the advent of high-bandwidth applications like video-on-demand and social media. The predominant demand for high speed data transmission comes from the data center where high-bandwidth is a top requirement for switching, routing and aggregation points for service provider backbones, along with SAN and server interconnections. These drivers dictate keen planning to ensure enterprise networks and data centers are designed and run efficiently. These market dynamics require that IT managers today consider a migration path towards 10/40/100 Gbps Ethernet to meet future network requirements.
On July 16, 2012 the IEEE (Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.3 approved the formation of a study group to develop objectives for the Next Generation Base-T (NGBase-T) application over balanced twisted pair cabling. The intent of the study group is to explore technical feasibility and market potential for speeds higher than 10Gb/sec over twisted pair cabling. Copper based twisted pair cabling continues to be the most popular media used for Ethernet networks.
This article highlights considerations that led to the decision to approve the IEEE study group for NGBase-T.
The Physical Layer, Layer 1 of the OSI model, is fundamental to the existence of any business yet ironically still often the most overlooked aspect when it comes to identifying crucial cost savings opportunities and improved efficiency targets. As both private and public organisations face flat budgets or even budget cuts within IT we are seeing more back to basics approaches to try and squeeze more out of existing infrastructures. This article discusses how advanced Physical Layer technology can work towards identifying and resolving these critical apects within an organisation.
Business initiatives demand that IT look beyond supporting infrastructure, devices, and applications on the network to managing the services that are supported by these components. Additionally, this must be accomplished in an environment of optimising costs and resources. This article discusses how the demand for IT Best-Practice Standards to achieve a more holistic view of the physical components can be fully enabled using Next Generation Intelligent Systems.
Installation of a cabling system in healthcare facilities involves consideration of many factors. The healthcare field provides one of the most demanding environments for a structured cabling system. Facilities are designed to operate for 50 years or longer. Adoption of 10GBase-T Ethernet is rapidly increasing and is expected to be the standard for the foreseeable future in healthcare facilities.
This article discusses the best solution for the modern day healthcare facilty.
Clearly careful design is required in the planning of a data centre. Managing the clients' expectations from the outset is crucial if an acceptable compromise is to be reached. Ultimately the question to ask is "How valuable is your data?".
Every element of a Physical Layer One Network infrastructure goes through a lifecycle from planning, design, installation, maintenance and ultimately, retirement. The concept of ‘Lifecycle Management’ ‘ is not new to the world of IT but it is a new concept to apply ‘Advanced Physcial Layer Lifecycle Management’ (APLLM) principals to structured cabling. Cabling infrastructure is all too often considered a necessary evil, a burden on pathways and spaces, a limiting factor in implementing change, and according to some industry experts a not so infrequent source of network outages. Along with power, cooling and weight, cabling infrastructure was also recently classified as one of the four biggest challenges facing data centres today by Ron Hughes of the California Data Center Design Group.
The need to deliver more user-friendly cabling networks has led to a change in the infrastructure model for structured cabling systems. This white paper examines some of the issues involved with the new architecture and provides guidance on design and testing of such systems to facilitate successful implementation.