I had the good pleasure to speak with my friend JT at CABLExpress recently and I asked him a few questions about trends in the cable world. One thing he stressed was that with increasing demand for higher speeds, the importance of your cabling infrastructure will also increase.
The future trend is 40/100Gb ethernet. In fact some organizations have already migrated to 40/100G. Now, those speeds can provide all kinds of great things for your organization, but it has to be done properly.
You see, as you increase your speeds your loss budgets get smaller. You have less room for error.
When your loss budgets become critical...
Planning and design become critical, as well. Investing in the highest quality cabling products become equally critical.
When you run fiber cables for greater speeds, it's important to keep in mind certain factors that must be managed properly to ensure you minimize DB loss and achieve high performance in your cabling.
So, you can see that there are some things to think about as you increase your speeds. The "cable is a cable" attitude has always been a way to take on unneeded risk. In the not so distant future where speeds are substantially higher, there won't be room for this attitude. The math just doesn't work.
It's just folly to invest in a high performance hardware, then skimp on cables. It's like trying to drive a Ferrari at high speeds down a road full of pot holes.
But don't take my word for it. Check out these great webinars:
They both offer a ton of great information and get into the numbers that illustrate why cabling infrastructure is becoming increasingly important.