SYSTIMAX® Solutions, the worldwide leader in structured connectivity
solutions and services for organizations, has announced the results of a
global research study conducted among 2,165 information technology (IT)
professionals. The new SYSTIMAX Solutions™ research report, entitled Meeting
the Network Connectivity Challenge, includes responses from IT
professionals from 48 countries and shows the important role of
connectivity within the network. The fact that high performance cabling
is now widely recognized as a good investment is illustrated by the
finding that, in addition to 56 percent of respondents who would install
Category 6 cabling, 16 percent would opt for the new Augmented Category
6 (Category 6A) cabling. This suggests rapid acceptance of UTP cabling
able to support 10 Gb/s even though the standards for this type of
cabling are still in development.
“The research findings show that managers worldwide are willing to adopt
new cabling technology at an early stage to ensure they have the
bandwidth they need,” commented Fiona Nolan, Global Marketing Director
of SYSTIMAX Solutions. “Even though development of the new 10 Gb/s
Augmented Category 6 standard has just started, one sixth of the network
managers who responded indicated that they are ready to install 10 Gb/s
copper cabling now.”
“IT professionals have learned by experience with existing networks that
they must have the best connectivity to realize the full potential of
network-intensive applications,” Nolan continued. “As Gigabit desktop
connections become the norm and 10 Gb/s is seen as the coming standard,
managers now view high quality cabling as an excellent investment rather
than just a necessary cost.”
At the other end of the connectivity performance scale, findings suggest
that Category 5e cabling is heading for obsolescence with only 17
percent of respondents selecting this option for a new installation.
The research confirms industry expectations that the migration to 10
Gb/s is likely to begin in the data center and move on to desktop
connections. Forty five percent of respondents expect to have 10 Gigabit
Ethernet in their data center horizontal (server connections) within 2
years. Ten percent have already implemented it in their backbone
(switch-to-switch connections) and a further 54 percent anticipate they
will do so within 2 years.
Outside the data center, most respondents expect to be running primarily
1 Gb/s (53 percent) or 10 Gb/s (30 percent) over their horizontal
cabling within 5 years. In the sametime frame, 61 percent expect to be
running 10 Gb/s and 26 percent expect to need 40 Gb/s in network
In the three years since the last SYSTIMAX Solutions report on the
global status and direction of LAN connectivity, there has been rapid
growth in acceptance of laser optimized multimode fiber as an
alternative to traditional multimode and singlemode fiber. The latest
findings show that 28 percent of respondents would install it now
compared with only four percent who had done so at the time of a similar
SYSTIMAX Solutions survey in 2002.
The research also shows that wireless networking is now widely adopted
with 78 percent of respondents either using it now or intending to use
it in new installations. Eighty one percent of respondents see wireless
technology as an overlay or extension to their cabling infrastructure
compared with just 14 percent who see it as a replacement for a cabling
While the need for high performance connectivity is widely accepted, the
research also found that IT professionals generally lack awareness of
advanced cable management solutions and their benefits. Although
technical performance and the total life cycle cost of solutions were
top priorities most often mentioned by respondents, half of them had not
considered using intelligent patching to help manage their networks.
Clearly education about and the subsequent deployment of intelligent
infrastructure management could help IT professionals achieve their
performance objectives while improving flexibility, deployment of
services and management of moves, adds and changes in the network. The
SYSTIMAX Solutions Survey shows that past education on the benefits of
deployment of high performance cabling is well understood, as shown by
the acceptance of new technologies, such as Category 6A, even prior to
the publication of standards.
Note to Editors:
IT professionals in 48 countries were invited to participate in the
survey via a Web portal during March and April 2005. Contributors to the
research could view the questions in any of 13 languages. The 2,165 IT
and network managers who completed questionnaires were a representative
sample of SYSTIMAX Solutions and non-SYSTIMAX Solutions customers.
The respondents came from organizations with between 50 and 10,000+
network users in sectors ranging from Education to Finance, and
Government to Media.
About SYSTIMAX Solutions
SYSTIMAX Solutions™, a CommScope company (NYSE: CTV), is a worldwide
leader in structured cabling systems and provides integrated end-to-end
connectivity solutions for voice, data, video and building management
applications in both wired and wireless enterprise networks.
SYSTIMAX Solutions supplies its high performance and market-leading
range of products through a network of highly skilled BusinessPartners.
The product range includes the copper based GigaSPEED® X10D and
GigaSPEED XL Solutions, the fiber-optic LazrSPEED® and TeraSPEED™
Solutions and the intelligent patching iPatch® System. The SYSTIMAX
AirSPEED™ Solution adds a wireless option to the portfolio. SYSTIMAX
Labs and the people who have spearheaded these innovations will continue
to play an integral role in the future success of SYSTIMAX Solutions.
Currently the company’s BusinessPartners install an average of over
1,000 miles (1,600km) of SYSTIMAX cable every day in more than 110
countries worldwide. For further information please visit http://www.systimax.com.
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information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently
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obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.