UAE leads local uptake of Cat 6 cabling

The Middle East region has been at the forefront of the Category 6 uptake, despite the cabling standard only being ratified in the last year, reports Avaya.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 22, 2003

Although Middle East enterprises are often thought to be lagging behind their US and European counterparts when it comes to technology solutions, this is not the case with their cabling infrastructure. The region has been at the forefront of the Cat 6 uptake, despite the standard only being ratified in the last year.

“The Middle East, and the UAE market in particular, has been investing in Cat 6, and was [deploying it] even before it was ratified. This is because most companies start from scratch with new buildings so they invest in the latest solutions,” confirms, Matias Peluffo, technical director, Systimax SCS, Connectivity solutions, Avaya.

Furthermore, Peluffo suggests that Middle East enterprises invest in the latest, most up to date solutions throughout their cabling infrastructure. As such, he believes Avaya is strongly placed with what he describes as “performance leading solutions in both Cat 6 and multimode optical fibre.”

“Avaya solutions are all state of the art technologies and especially here in the Middle East where there are many Greenfield sites that will deploy the latest technology and are looking at platforms such as our LazrSpeed solution,” adds Peluffo.

The vendor’s iPatch system is also gaining increasing momentum in the local market. The solution, which helps to monitor and control cabling connections, has been enhanced to broaden its management functionalities and appeal.

The system now incorporates a client server and e-mail notification to advise administrators about any cabling-related changes. But, most crucially, iPatch now provides SNMP integration that enables it to work with larger management solutions such as HP OpenView, Tivoli or Computer Associates’ Unicenter.

“With the iPatch system administrators can monitor particular connections. For example, a server, a server farm connection or a backbone link, and as soon as any activity takes place or is planned, the iPatch system will trigger an alarm to the network management platform,” explains Peluffo.

“This adds a whole new dimension to the iPatch system because it captures a whole new community of users — the network management users,” he adds.

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