Making the right connections
Enterprises spend large sums on IT infrastructure and upgrades. Much of this
goes towards hardware, software applications, and bandwidth/connectivity. But
what about cabling? This component ties all the network components together.
More importantly, it is a carrier for the company's crown jewelsits business
For this issue of Network Magazine we wanted to highlight a component that
has so far been relegated to the background. Once installed, cabling is just
a passive componentwith cables hidden behind panels and concealed in walls.
You may encounter the term 'Structured Cabling' more often than 'cable' or 'cabling.'
But in our cover stories we discuss current and emerging trends in network cabling,
then review the current scenario in Indian enterprises. Finally, we list out
the cabling solutions available in the country.
Though the CAT 6 standard was ratified last year, and CAT 6 compliant products
entered the market months before that, most Indian enterprises use CAT 5/5eeven
for new cabling installations. It's mainly the large enterprises (1000+ nodes)
who choose CAT 6 for new installations. The prime days of CAT 6 are still a
year or two away.
A technology to watch out for in 2004 is Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). As enterprises
increasingly use multimedia-based applications over the network (such as VoIP,
CAD/CAM, desktop video conferencing), we are going to see more cabling and component
upgrades. The same can be said for rapidly growing companies from the SME segment.
Also, more enterprises will dare to adopt optical networking and fiber optic
cabling (for campus LANs).
Technology Senate 2003
Let me move from cabling to events (both help in 'networking' and making the
right connections!) Network Magazine and Express Computer have more than one
reason to feel proud. Going by the feedback from IT managers in the country,
we believe our just concluded CIO event at Kochi, Technology Senate 2003, was
a resounding success.
The editorial team at Network Magazine was directly involved in planning and
coordinating this event. No separate event management team was called in. There
were moments of despair when the worst scenarios just happened. But our tireless
and seemingly indomitable team leaders led us on.
Elsewhere in this issue, you'll find event coverage, news about the two awards
ceremonies and some details about the Theme Pavilion (The Future Enterprise),
conducted at the event.
If you were a delegate at this event, you'll remember the roundtables, the speaker
sessions, the awards ceremonies, and the outdoor activities. If you weren't
there, you can look forward to more such events from us next year.
Brian Pereira (Assistant Editor)