ADC Krone to Support Active Infrastructure

by Sunil Kumar    Apr 19, 2007

ADC Krone has plans to drive its wireless division in the Indian market, especially technologies to support active infrastructure. The company maintains that manageability of nodes in large enterprise networks remains a critical issue.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, in April, gave a formal nod to active infrastructure sharing by telecom companies.

The company adds that it wants to go beyond structured cabling and sustain a business that is strongly marketing distribution based.

Speaking at the sidelines of the “DataCenter Facilities& Engineering Expo 2007″, Dileep Kumar R, Technical& Product Manager, Enterprise Networks, Krone Communications Ltd. elaborated on his plans for India, “The Indian enterprise remains one of the most dynamic and growing segments considering bigger networks coming into being throughout the country.”

“A key issue is manageability. Manageability of nodes becomes an issue for a bigger network. That is what we are addressing with a physical layer management solution. Installation issues are critical to the network. The market is doubling every three years. Bandwidth is increasing every year. Recent independent research suggests that the market is approximately $100 million dollars in 2007. The size of the Indian market is growing at about 22% year-on-year, and doubling every two years making India one of the fastest growing markets in the world”, adds Kumar.

“ADC Krone is a network infrastructure company. We have multiple products in the network infrastructure space. We want to emphasize on parameters to be kept in mind while coming up with an optimized data center design. Different factors like power requirements, bandwidth requirements have to be addressed while designing an optimized data center”, says Kumar.

In terms of key verticals for the future Kumar adds, “Indian organizations including manufacturing are one of the fastest growing verticals The government is a key vertical in terms of IT infrastructure. IT/ITes will grow drastically in the future.”

On evolution of network standards in the cabling market, Kumar elaborates, “The trends impacting all data centers are IP convergence, blade servers, switches and clients, 10 Gigabits and higher speeds (copper and fiber), storage area networks becoming more prevalent. Copper cabling will dramatically increase speeds. Some of the first trials of the 10 Gigabit cabling market were in India in the Indian Parliament Library in Delhi, the Vikas Soudha in Bangalore, fibre connectivity in the Bangalore High Court completely wired on Category 6e solutions, TCS, i2 Technologies in Bangalore and various universities.”

Key accounts include networking for Vikas Soudha-Bangalore, IDBI-Mumbai, Ventura-Pune, Shell and IGSL-Mumbai.

Cabling constitutes 6-7% of the IT budget. ROI would depend on the network uptime requirement. Network Information Centers across the world will be responsible for future growth in technical standards to be incorporated for future growth in networking standards. The TIA-942 standard ratified by the IEEE in April 2005 is a new standard to optimize data center design.

Kumar adds that problems in the network physical layer are the foundation of enterprise connectivity. The businesses demand higher levels of service, reliability, security and flexibility within the physical layer. An increasing number of services will be delivered across enterprise networks. With the growth of multi-location facilities, large campuses and large buildings, the importance of effective management of valuable network assets has become critical.

In India, Krone has an established base since 1989. In 2004 ADC acquired the Krone group worldwide. However, the India operations continued to be a publicly listed joint venture between ADC GmbH, that held 51 per cent, and Karnataka Electronics Development Cooperation Ltd (KEONICS), that held 11 per cent and 38 per cent by public. In March 2007 ADC acquired the 11 percent stake held by KEONICS.

ADC Krone’s key projects include installation for i2 Technologies and TCS, mainly for their data centers.