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Advanced cabling formats rising around the world

By Max Burkhalter
October 24, 2012
For the most part, IT workers and data center managers have looked at cabling systems as the necessary foundation for the network, nothing more and nothing less. This created an environment in which most data center projects considered cabling last and made the infrastructure work around everything else in the facility. In the past, when the network was just a facilitator, this made sense. But emerging technologies are making connectivity a priority, which is making cabling a strategic asset.

Cabling becoming more important
With data volumes rising in data centers and enterprise employees depending more on data-rich applications and services, the need for advanced network capabilities is becoming critical. In many instances, businesses find themselves in a position where they want to adopt new technological services, but do not have the bandwidth to do so. Because of this, the network is emerging as a strategic enabler, not just a supporting technology. If you look at the network from that perspective, you can see why advanced cabling systems are becoming much more important around the world.

A recent study from the Building Services Research and Information Association found that the global adoption rate of CAT 6A cabling systems rose by 12 percent in 2011. This move is being led by the European market, where the adoption rate is 29 percent, compared to 5 percent in the United States, Cabling Installation & Maintenance explained in a report analyzing the study.

Another key finding from the BSRIA is that fiber-optic cabling systems are also becoming more prominent. Citing the study, Cabling Installation & Maintenance explained that, in 2011, spending on optical cabling systems was greater than expenditures on copper infrastructure.

Need for media conversion
This trend toward more advanced cabling points to the importance of fiber to Ethernet media converters in a variety of sectors. The increased implementation of advanced copper cabling systems points to the relevance of that media format, while fiber's rapid expansion shows that high-bandwidth capabilities are increasingly important in many markets.

To make the most of these trends, you may want to consider a mixed media environment in which copper and fiber are used strategically. Fiber to Ethernet converters make this possible by bridging the signal format gap between optical and copper cabling systems. Furthermore, advanced solutions also provide performance-enhancing capabilities, such as Quality of Service, to help you get the most out of the network in the most cost-effective way.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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