As we kick off another year of providing expert insight and information on the latest and greatest data center technologies, standards and trends, we wanted to take a minute to wish all of our Belden data center blog fans a happy and prosperous 2014 and highlight some of what we have to look forward to this year.
2014 promises to be an active year for standards as the IEEE 802.3 Working Group is hard at work on many initiatives. The 802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable task force recently received comments on the draft standard to define a four-lane 100 Gb/s PHY (4X25) over copper twinax cables with lengths up to at least 5 meters. Look for that standard to be published in the first quarter of 2014.
The 802.3bm 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Fiber Optic Task Force is also hard at work on many objectives that are planned to make significant headway in 2014 as they aim for an early 2015 publication. One of the key objectives includes the future 100GBASE-SR4 standard that intends to reduce the optical fiber count from 20 for 100GBASE-SR10 to 8 using four lanes at 25 Gb/s per lane (i.e., 4 transmit and 4 receive). This will enable an easier migration from 40 to 100GbE as both applications will use only eight optical fibers. The transceiver cost is also expected to be less and the 12-fiber MPO connector will be the interface of choice.
And let’s not forget the IEEE 802.3bq 40GBASE-T standard that will aim to support 40 Gb/s over four-pair balanced twisted-pair cabling to at least 30 meters with two connectors. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding this future standard, and TIA and ISO/IEC are already working to define category 8 cabling specifications to support it. While some vendors may launch category 8 cabling solutions in late 2014 or early 2015 to support 40 Gb/s, don’t expect the 40GBASE-T application standard to be published this year. It will likely be late 2015 or early 2016.
We promise to keep you informed on the status of all standards that will impact your data center in 2014 and beyond, while continuing to bring you a variety of informative data center blogs planned for 2014—everything from DCIM, cabling considerations and design strategies, to cable management, power consumption and cooling trends.
Over the coming months, look to Belden for even more expert technical information and innovative solutions. With plenty of white papers, webinars and new products planned for 2014 and beyond, you can rely on the experts at Belden to help maximize your data center implementations, upgrades, management and operations.