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New Systimax study examines global technology trends for the physical layer

Results of a major study conducted by Systimax Solutions, a division of Commscope Inc., have found that 56% of resp...


June 17, 2005  


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Results of a major study conducted by Systimax Solutions, a division of Commscope Inc., have found that 56% of respondents would install Category 6 cabling and that a further 16% would opt for the new Augmented Category 6 (Category 6A) cabling.

Findings in the study, entitled Meeting the Network Connectivity Challenge, are based on interviews with 2,165 IT professionals from 48 countries.

“(They) show that managers worldwide are willing to adopt new cabling technology at an early stage to ensure they have the bandwidth they need,” said Fiona Nolan, global marketing director at Systimax.

“Even though development of the new 10 Gb/s Augmented Category 6 standard has just started, one sixth of the network managers who responded indicated that they are ready to install 10 Gb/s copper cabling now.

“IT professionals have learned by experience with existing networks that they must have the best connectivity to realize the full potential of network- intensive applications. As Gigabit desktop connections become the norm and 10 Gb/s is seen as the coming standard, managers now view high quality cabling as an excellent investment rather than just a necessary cost.”

At the other end of the connectivity performance scale, findings suggest that Category 5e cabling is heading for obsolescence with only 17% of respondents selecting this option for a new installation.

The research confirms industry expectations that the migration to 10 Gb/s is likely to begin in the data centre and move on to desktop connections.

An estimated 45% of respondents expect to have 10 Gigabit Ethernet in their data centre horizontal (server connections) within two years, 10% have already implemented it in their backbone (switch-to-switch connections) and a further 54% anticipate they will do so within two years.