R&M urges caution on 40GBASE-T adoption

Data centre hunger for speed, volume sparks interest in next-gen cabling standard

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R&M urges caution on 40GBASE-T adoption Labry: [Network managers] must… be wary of vendors who promise 'future solutions' [that] are out of line with industry standards.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 11, 2013

Swiss structured cabling specialist Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) Middle East, Turkey and Africa, today urged Middle East organisations not to engage in hasty adoption of the 40GBASE-T data centre cabling standard, despite R&M's active contribution to the research and development of the standard.

Through involvement with international standardisation bodies and measuring equipment manufacturers, R&M has been participating in the industry-wide 40GBASE-T project for some time, but feels standards are not completely defined at present and appropriate components have yet to be fully developed.

"The data centre market is now a top priority for R&M because of the large investments that regional organisations are making in this segment," said Jean-Pierre Labry, executive vice-president of R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

"In all data centre implementations, future-proofing is a key requisite and network managers are right to invest in technologies that will yield strong ROI. But they must also be wary of vendors who promise 'future solutions' [that] are out of line with industry standards. The longest service life for cabling will be attained with the best solutions currently available."

While 10GBASE-T was defined for general applications, 40GBASE-T is intended for use directly in data centres. R&M is convinced that in time the advantages 40GBASE-T offers in terms of speed and data volume will outclass the performance of previous copper cabling solutions and Labry believes it will be a standard that cannot be ignored by the industry.

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