With the ever-increasing demands of data-intensive applications and the immense storage requirements of modern data centers, navigating through the myriad of network-infrastructure choices needed to support high-speed data rates ranging from 10Gbps to 40Gbps can be a challenging undertaking. For this and several other practical reasons, itís vital to have a well-planned network-migration strategy that will make sure a data center can support LAN and SAN computing requirements now and in the future. During the original Levels program in the 1990s, which led to the development of cabling performance standards such as current Category 5e and Category 6, Anixter recognized the challenges faced by designers of low-voltage communications cabling systems when choosing the type and grade of cabling that would best support the emerging Ethernet protocol being deployed across enterprise networks. Today, the industry has evolved from 10Mbps systems to industry standards that support data rates up to 100Gbps in data center environments. Yet, media selection, cabling architecture and cable management choices remain complex. As data center planners try to control costs by maximizing floor space, choosing the right high-density cabling architectures and computing equipment is mission-critical. Rack space is quickly migrating from 40RU to 48RU in server cabinets, while data speeds are moving from 10Gbps to 40Gbps in the server and eventually to 100Gbps in the data center backbone.
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