Futureproofing Mat­ters

A next wave of data ex­plo­sion has just about kick-started and en­ter­prise net­works must get geared to ward off po­ten­tial bot­tle­neck woes in fu­ture


As the need for speed reaches new lev­els on the back of next-gen­er­a­tion mo­bile and Wi-Fi ac­cess tech­nolo­gies, en­ter­prises are al­ready rec­og­niz­ing that up­grad­ing their struc­tured ca­bling back­bones is not some­thing that could be de­layed any fur­ther. The on­go­ing dat­a­cen­tre con­ver­gence as well as the govern­ment ini­tia­tives like Dig­i­tal In­dia and Smart Cities are other rea­sons why ca­pac­i­ties in the struc­tured ca­bling in­fras­truc­ture must be aug­mented.

No won­der, the mar­ket has been wit- ness­ing good times, and af­ter re­main­ing some­what sub­dued in the re­cent years, is back on the growth tra­jec­tory again.

The per­cep­tion of what makes a good ca­bling in­fras­truc­ture has been changed. To­day’s or­ga­ni­za­tions de­mand qual­ity in­fras­truc­ture with re­duced op­er­at­ing costs and min­i­mal se­cu­rity threats. For any en­ter­prise, a ro­bust struc­tured ca­bling sys­tem is re­ally crit­i­cal to en­sure zero down­time and max­i­mum up­time. A good struc­tured ca­bling sys­tem should also en­sure that the em­ploy­ees within the or­ga­ni­za­tion have a smooth ac­cess to all forms of voice and data con­nec­tiv­ity.

The de­mand for struc­tured ca­bling so­lu­tions is largely be­ing pushed by a grow­ing ur­gency to meet the band­width needs of data cen­ters, both cap­tive and third-party ones. As the hunger for band­width grows among end-users, who are fast get­ting ad­justed to an al­ways-on in­ter­net cul­ture, the dat­a­cen­tres and en­ter­prise net­works are fac­ing in­creased pres­sures to meet the new-found de­mand for band­width. It goes with­out say­ing that the older struc­tured ca­bling in­fra­struc­tures that man­aged to meet the needs of data cen­ters and en­ter­prise premises are no longer able to cope with the ex­po­nen­tial rise in end-users’ band­width de­mands that are fur­ther em­bold­ened by the newer breeds of ul­tra-pow­ered smart­phones.

Tech­nol­ogy Trends

The ca­bling so­lu­tions land­scape con­tin­ues to evolve. To sat­isfy the ap­petite of the band­width hun­gry users, the play­ers have in­vested in a mix of ca­bling tech­nolo­gies. The so­lu­tion suites com­prise a mot­ley of soft­ware and hard­ware of­fer­ings that are aimed at de­liv­er­ing more and more busi­ness ben­e­fits.

The up­take of Cat6a, which is a ma­jor up­grade over the Cat6 stan­dard, how­ever, re­mained limited in In­dia. This is due to a con­sid­er­able higher cost of main­te­nance gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with the stan­dard. Poor aware­ness lev­els around the tech­nol­ogy also lead to the muted re­sponse, de­spite the fact that the stan­dard of­fers ca­pa­bil­i­ties to sup­port up to 10G speeds in the 100 meter con­fig­u­ra­tions.

Many ex­perts, how­ever, are of the view that the Cat6a and Cat8 ca­bling with

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