Guest Blog Post by Frank Straka, Panduit Product Manager
Today, all indicators point to Category 6A cabling as the cable of choice for your network infrastructure. Price, quality, performance – these should all be considered in making a decision.
Five Reasons for Installing Category 6A in the Enterprise:
1. Category 6A supports all data rates up to and including 10GBASE-T
- Category 6A ensures that your installation will be future proofed to run all data rates up to and including 10 gigabits per second.
- Businesses today rely on data-heavy applications like video, wireless, desktop virtualization, and others, making it critical to have a network infrastructure that will support these and future applications.
2. Speeds like 10GBASE-T will soon become common
- Expect common low-cost, mass-market switches to require Category 6A cable by 2016.
- Industry forecasts predict that 10GBASE-T will be the norm in the very near future.
3. Wireless access point speeds are accelerating
- The growing demands of mobile devices are consuming bandwidth and driving the need for greater bandwidth.
- Today’s high end wireless access points can operate around 1.2 to 2.6 Gbps; by 2017, 7 Gbps WAPs are expected, which will require 10GBASE-T, delivered via Category 6A infrastructure.
4. No bundle limits for applications like HDBaseT or higher Power over Ethernet (PoE++)
- HDBaseT places bundle limitations on Category 5e and 6 due to alien crosstalk; but since Category 6A is designed to suppress alien crosstalk, there are no limitations on bundling with Category 6A.
- Category 6A cables also naturally dissipate heat better, which makes them perfect to manage the upcoming 802.3bt PoE++ standards which will deliver both 49W and 96W of power to end devices.
- Due to the higher 96W power running on multiple cables in a bundle, Category 5e and 6 bundle sizes will be limited. Category 6A cables will not.
5. 10GBASE-T is the low-cost 10 Gigabit option
- When comparing prices per gigabit, 10GBASE-T is much less expensive than 1000BASE-T.
- This is driven by increasing switch volumes (which are driving down prices) and the introduction of more LAN on Motherboard (LOM) servers with “free” RJ45 connectivity.
|Frank Straka is a product manager in charge of copper at Panduit. Frank is active in the TIA TR42.7 standards group, which is developing new standards to support new applications like 100W PoE++ and 25/40GBASE-T. He holds 20 patents in copper connectivity and cable design. Frank has spoken at multiple conferences such as BICSI, IWCS, and the Ethernet Summit on new copper developments.|