IT Infrastructure News | October 2013

From CommScope’s exciting 40Gbps proof-of-concept to the latest developments in fuel cell technology for the datacentre, these are just a few of the online IT and infrastructure stories which have caught our eye over recent months.

40Gbps Ethernet breakthrough

Earlier this year, we re-tweeted the news that Commscope has successfully demonstrated an important step towards a viable 40GBASE-T system for datacentre applications.

The demonstration took place at the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 NGBASE-T study group meeting in Phoenix, Ariz, where CommScope verified a proof-of-concept solution for a viable 40Gbps Ethernet channel by using prototype Category 8 RJ-45 connectors and copper twisted pair cables.

Two of the most critical aspects of this proof-of-concept were the inclusion of the commonly-used RJ-45 connectors, and the demonstrated bandwidth capability of proposed Category 8 cabling.

Source: Datacenterdynamics http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2013/02/commscope-demos-category-8-cabling-feasibility-0

Fuel Cell future?

Fuel cells, one of the holy grails of green energy research, are being tested by Equinix  in its FR4 Frankfurt datacentre.

It hopes the fuel cell, which works by producing a chemical reaction between oxygen, hydrogen and water to create energy, with water being the by-product, can reduce energy consumption by 24%, and save about 150 tons of CO2 emissions every year.

The cell works creates hydrogen by feeding a natural gas fed into an anode, where its molecules split creating atoms. These then emit electrons that create an electrical current once directed into a cathode. The company behind the QuattroGeneration fuel cell, N2telligence, said while most fuel cells produce nitrogen in exhaust, the by-product of this process is water which can be used for heating or cooling, making it even more eco-friendly.

Source: Datacenter Dynamics http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2013/07/equinix-trials-new-fuel-cell-tech-data-center

Brand-Rex better connected

In April, structured cabling specialist Brand-Rex re-affirmed its leadership position in the UK market for volume of structured cabling systems sold.

Market research conducted by BSRIA showed that while other manufacturers sold more cable kms and / or more component units, Brand-Rex shipped more ‘outlets’ than any other manufacturer – confirming their position as ‘the preferred UK supplier for fully integrated solutions.’ Brand-Rex has 15.6% of the UK market by volume with 1.21 million outlets sold in 2012 compared to the market total of 7.78 million.

Source: Brand-Rex http://www.brand-rex.com/AboutUs/LatestNews/NewsArticleViewer/tabid/1475/CBModuleId/9650/ArticleID/1238/Default.aspx

London bucks Euro datacentre trend

Bringing us right up to date, a September report has indicated that the uptake of colocation datacentre facilities in Europe for the first half of 2013 was down 31% year-on-year.

According to the European Datacentre Market View report from CBRE, take-up of datacentre services was slower than expected in Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt – albeit with a Q2 pick-up for the latter.

Meanwhile Europe’s largest datacentre market, London, bucked the trend. And despite the overall slowdown, the report maintained a positive outlook for the European industry as a whole.

Source: Computer Weekly http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240205327/European-datacentre-uptake-slows-in-first-half-of-2013-but-London-bucks-trend