challenging to keep up with the latest standards development for data center
of mine participate in the industry standards for Ethernet and cabling, and
they tell me that the standards meeting agendas are so busy that they nearly
have to run from one meeting to the next to keep up with all of the activities.
There was a time when Ethernet standards were very
predictable; you could nearly set your calendar to every five years or so, when
a new application speed would come out that was 10 times
faster than the previous one. Today, there are no less than six new application
speeds in development, which is amazing considering only six application speeds
have been developed to date in the 30+ years that the IEEE 802.3 standards have been published.
Why this surge of
activity? Of all types of networks there is perhaps no other segment that has
had to keep pace with the rapid changes in the communications industry as much
as the data center. With social media,
video and the Internet of Things continuing to
drive bandwidth, data center infrastructure needs to plan for and be ready toaccommodate increasingly higher speeds.
And it’s not only
higher speeds that the evolving data center standards address; it’s also , in
the case of 25G and 50G, the development of intermediate speeds that provide
more cost-effective solutions for a particular application, rather than jumping
to the next higher speed.
And with all of the
applications developments in the Ethernet and Fibre Channel committees, there
are also cabling standards developed to provide guidance on how best to design
for and operate these new applications over structured cabling.
To keep track of these evolving standards, along
with new technologies, design architectures and more that are impacting data
centers, you can see our published
quarterly update, or view CommScope’s eBook, The Connected and Efficient Data Center. Learn tips and insight
to help demystify the technology and untangle the complexities, with insights
from the significant number of CommScope employees that are standards delegates
in the relevant IEEE, ISO/IEC, TIA, ANSI/T11 and CENELEC committees that
pertain to structured cabling. I encourage you to also tell us what hurdles or
success stories you’re running into with your data center.