Quality Cabling Viewed As Investment, Says Study

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 15, 2005

Managers worldwide are willing to adopt new cabling technology at an early stage to ensure they have the bandwidth they need, according to the findings of a new study released by Systimax Solutions, a player in structured connectivity solutions and services.

The study titled, ‘Meeting the Network Connectivity Challenge’ included responses from IT professionals across 48 countries and focused on the role of connectivity within the network.

“The fact that high performance cabling is now widely recognized as a good investment is illustrated by the finding that, nearly three quarters of respondents suggested that they would invest in Category 6 or 10 Gb/s Augmented Category 6 copper cabling for new installations,” said Fiona Nolan, global marketing director of Systimax Solutions.

“This suggests rapid acceptance of UTP cabling that is able to support 10 Gb/s even though the standards for this type of cabling are still in development,” added Nolan.

According to her, though development of the new 10 Gb/s Augmented Category 6 standard has started recently, 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,” stated Nolan.

As Gigabit desktop connections become the norm and 10 Gb/s are seen as the trend, managers now view high quality cabling as an excellent investment rather than just a necessary cost.

The research further showed that wireless networking is at present widely adopted with 78% of respondents either using it now or ready to use it in new installations shortly.

While the need for high performance connectivity is widely accepted, the research also found out that IT professionals generally lack awareness of advanced cable management solutions and their benefits.

Although technical performance and the total life cycle cost of solutions were top priorities often mentioned by respondents, half of them had not considered using intelligent patching to help manage their networks. Hence, a meticulous orientation about the subsequent deployment of intelligent infrastructure management could help IT professionals achieve their performance objectives while improving flexibility, deployment of services and changes in the network.

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