How India’s getting wired



The
market
for structured cabling products has remained more or less flat
due to the cautious approach by enterprise buyers in the light of the
slowdown. This was almost evident across all verticals. In terms of
technologies and bandwidth demands, India appeared to be at par with
the developed world. The market became clearly segmented into
commodity products (Cat 5), mainstream products (Cat 6 and Cat 6A),
and emerging products (Cat 7).

On the copper front, enterprises
started to look at the possibility of sustaining 10G over 100 meters.
Vendors also successfully demonstrated this to their customers. The
market progressed towards 10 Gb over Ethernet during FY ’10 the last
year, but this remained somewhat confined to datacenter deployments.
Hospitals, remote sensing agencies, and manufacturing organizations
that use CAD/CAM applications with high bandwidth requirements saw
some good business. The hospitality, government, and education sector
also showed growth; telecom too grew with the setting up of new
offices by the new licensed telecom service providers.
On the fiber front, the last year saw an increase in the fiber
content of enterprise networks, particularly with the datacenters
being set up by organizations.

There
was also
a drop in cable prices due to decline in copper prices and severe
setback due to fluctuations in exchange as well as other commodities.
Rapid growth of infrastructure, across verticals over the years had
seen structured cabling grow decently. But this year is different,
considering the overall cautious approach taken by enterprises,
particularly IT/ITeS, and BFSI companies.

The
year also
saw Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) becoming the official standard
T11’s
FC-BB-5 and
the
working group approving it as a final standard. The idea of FCoE is
to facilitate convergence of LAN and SAN data convergence within
datacenters by simplifying the network under a single interface. This
will have implications for structured cabling vendors. FCoE is also
likely to be a boon in terms of saving of real estate apart from
reduction in the number of servers and the quantity of cabling. This
will also have implications in terms of power savings.

TIA released the TIA-568-C.0/C.1
standard. This replaces the older (but commonly used) TIA-568-B.1
standard and its addenda. The new standard would be a generic
structured cable document emphasizing efficiency and effectiveness.
This will put all common cabling information within a single source,
thereby, allowing cable usage in different types of facilities and
premises within a multi-product/ multi-vendor environment. The new
standards document will also cover cabling requirements, structures,
topologies, distances, installations, performances, and testing.

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