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CABLExpress survey: majority doesn’t follow TIA’s infrastructure standard for data centres


December 18, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

December 17, 2012 – According to CABLExpress’ 2012 Data Centre Executive Survey, IT executives are most concerned with business continuance, disaster recovery and maximizing uptime (44%), as they look to designing their next-generation data centre infrastructure. Other concerns include capital and operational expenses, IT agility, and security and compliance, ranked respectively.

“It is important to determine what the priorities are so we can evaluate and provide the best products for our customers,” said Peter Belyea, president of CXtec and Teracai. The findings were compiled from feedback gathered at its annual Data Centre Symposium in September hosted, which was hosted by CXtec and Teracai.

“The symposium allows us to gain insight about current and upcoming trends so we are better prepared to assist in the planning and implementation of next-gen data centre infrastructure.”

Results also revealed that 725 of attendees are looking forward to adopting some type of converged data centre fabric, such as fiber channel over ethernet (FCoE). More than half plan on implementation within the next two years.

A majority of attendees (53%) do not currently follow the Telecommunications Industry Association’s Infrastructure Standard for Data Centres, or TIA-942, which dictates structured cabling is ideal for data centres to adjust to the changing needs of the industry.

“Structured cabling can significantly increase data centre efficiency, which is a shared goal for all of us as we struggle with shrinking budgets and the demands of increased information flow,” said Belyea. “These results indicate that there is still work to be done in regard to the application of these standards.”