Data Centre Cabling Set for High Growth

27 01 2011

Data centre cabling is set to be one of the highest growth areas in the electrical industry according to new figures, outperforming total structured cabling systems.

Recent market analysis by research group FTM Consulting has revealed that the data centre structured systems market is expected to grow from $1.6 billion in 2010 to $3.8 billion by 2015, at a rate of 18.9 percent per annum.

This is compared to the total structured cabling system’s market predicted growth of 13.1 percent over the same period.

Interestingly, the copper cabling segment will outperform the fibre cabling segment during the next five years, too. This is because there are now more small data centre sites requiring copper cabling, than larger sites which use fibre cabling.

The analysis indicates that by 2015 there will be 2.6 billion servers at large sites being cabled, compared to the small sites with 5.8 billion servers.

Prior the TIA 942 data centre cabling standard, many sites’ cabling was disorganised, but as these sites grow to add more storage, there will be a growing need to replace this structured cabling system to manage expansion.

Data centres in the future will also require higher speeds as currently 10 Mbps Ethernet is the highest speed being implemented, while both 40 and 100 Gbps will start to be deployed in the coming years.  These will require multiple parallel fibres per port.

Cable Manufacturers UK

With the current and predicted expansion of data centre cabling market, it is important for large and small companies to use the most appropriate and best cabling products.

Challenger Components Ltd has over 50 years experience in cable manufacturing and stock most cabling products including cable assembly, individual cable and wire, and wire to wire connectors.  They use products by 3M Interconnect, Amphenol, Cooper International, and ebmpapst amongst others.

Visit: for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.




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