Imagine you just bought a reading lamp for your home office. Instead of
simply plugging it into a wall outlet, your only option is to run a power cord
all the way down to the basement to connect it to the fuse box. If you decide
to move the light into one of the bedrooms, you have to move it AND re-route the
long power cord as well. Worse yet, if
you want to use a different lamp from a different manufacturer, you need to run
a different power cord down to the basement. Sounds annoying, right?
example describes the data cabling world prior to the invention of structured cabling. Data cabling was
point-to-point and vendor-specific, and the concept of fixed or horizontal
cabling did not exist. Changing IT equipment
vendors often meant having to replace the cabling as well.
Thankfully, all of this changed in 1983 when the first structured cabling system, known as Premises Distribution System
(PDS), was introduced by Bell Laboratories. This system – which included
cables, panels, cords and apparatus necessary to provide service from the
network interface to the information outlet – was renamed SYSTIMAX in 1989. It formed
the basis for the first structured cabling standard for data networks, known as Category 3, in 1991. With standards
available, IT departments could design and deploy cabling infrastructure that
could be easily installed and maintained, without the need to change it out as
IT equipment was upgraded.
A part of CommScope since 2004, the SYSTIMAX portfolio continues to lead the structured
cabling industry – driving new standards with innovative copper and
fiber cabling systems that allow our customers to invest in leading technology
that supports multiple generations of
applications while ensuring standards compliance.
The most recent example
of this is LazrSPEED OM5 Wideband fiber. A member of the SYSTIMAX portfolio since its
introduction in 2015, this advanced multimode
fiber enables duplex transmission of 100G and higher bandwidth to practical
distances in the data center. It also ensures backward compatibility with the substantial embedded base of
LazrSPEED 300 and 550 fibers.
What kind of cabling
are you using in your data center or enterprise? We want to hear stories and
feedback because that’s what helps us making our platforms even better. Like
that office lamp, it helps to know that you don’t have to go down to the
basement to shine a light on a problem.