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SDC: Opening up Huge Opportunities : Dileep Kumar, Director Product Management, ADC KRONE

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Dileep Kumar, Director Product Management,  ADC KRONE

Dileep Kumar
Director Product Management,  ADC KRONE

The Indian market is gearing up to VOIP, high bandwidth and speed demands, server virtualisation, Data Centre growth and proliferation of LANs. All these are drivers for growth in structured cabling. Intelligent Cabling (PLM) is also catching up pretty fast amongst large enterprises.

The move to consolidate services and applications through Data Centres will provide efficient delivery of services. In a large and unique country like India, this will be a distributed type of Data Centre network spanning across the country.

State Data Centres are being set up to consolidate services, applications and infrastructure to provide efficient electronic delivery of G2G, G2C and G2B services. How is this move opening up the opportunity for the private sector in India?

The government has been very encouraging in the spread of IT and low cost rural network infrastructure. The government is setting up Data Centres in the states and Common services Centres (CSCs) at village level, which means a lot of opportunities for the private sector. Apparently, it signifies that we need to provide top class network infrastructure solutions for such initiatives. The move to consolidate services and applications through Data Centres will provide efficient delivery of services. In a large and unique country like India, this will be a distributed type of Data Centre network spanning across the country, which is going to open a lot of opportunities for organisations that are operating in the Data Centre space.

What, according to you, is the growth rate for Data Centre solutions in the country? What are some of the emerging trends and latest technologies in Data Centres?

Gartner estimates that the market will grow by 25-30%. Data Centre growth will be driven by increasing domestic requirements from sectors such as financial institutions, telecom operators, manufacturing and services. While large financial institutions and telecom companies are likely to build Data Centres for hosting their growing data storage needs, Data Centre hosting providers will also put significant investments into growing their capacities to fulfil demand arising from small and mid-size users.

Market Trends: Today Indian corporates are spending greatly in Data Centres. There is an increase in awareness for ‘Green Data Centres’ while corporate are increasingly realising the potential of Data Centres as repositoriesof information. Also a trend noticed in India is implementing physical layer management solutions like PLM.

Technology Trends: Some of the key technology trends are:

  • The number of servers and switches are increasing with the usage of high density blade servers and switches
  • IP Convergence
  • Adherence to TIA-942 standards with a stress on Tier 4/3 levels of reliability
  • Higher bandwidth cabling like 10 Gig and beyond
  • Higher densities of fi bre in the Data Centre
  • Managing Physical layer solutions

ADC Krone ís considered a leader in communications network infrastructure. Tell us about some of your products and services in this domain.

We are a global leader in network infrastructure solutions. We provide global network infrastructure products and services that enable the profi table delivery of high-speed Internet, data, video, and voice services to consumers and businesses worldwide. Our key focus is in Next Generation Fibre Networks and structured cabling – we were the fi rst to launch the 10G UTP cabling solution in India four years ago. Recently we launched our FTTX solutions.

Our product CopperTen has been widely accepted by the industry while our TrueNet portfolio is tailor made for customised applications in a wide variety of environments requiring effi cient and future proof connectivity including specifi c solutions for Government LANS and Data Centres. The TrueNet portfolio also provides some of the industry’s most effective Data Center solutions, which is apt for the government sector. We also have a strong portfolio of Physical Layer Management solutions, which are a response to the requirement for better network management.

Good cabling is imperative for error free transmission of data. How do your cabling solutions have an edge over other market players in the fi eld? What are your company’s USP in this regard?

This is an important dimension of cabling media, which we have brought to the industry through our TrueNet range of solutions. With superior design and engineering our TrueNet cabling solutions offer 100% throughput and zero-bit error warranty for our TrueNet cabling solutions. Though errors in data packets are typically attributed to active electronics we found that the physical cabling media also has a role to play in error free transmission of data. Hence, our TrueNet range of solutions has gone through vigorous R&D that has addressed this issue effectively.

Tell us about the current trend in cables and network market in India and globally. What is ADC Krone’s share in structured cabling solution in this market?

Some of the key technology trends are 10 Gig over copper, Intelligent Cabling and Data Centre cabling. On the UTP side, Cat 6A, following its ratifi cation by the ISO and the EIA, is expected to gain momentum. Apart from this, fi bre optics is currently seeing a lot of deployment in backbone cabling for both campuses and buildings. The other interesting trend is the proliferation of green solutions in Structured Cabling.

The Indian market is gearing up to VOIP, high bandwidth and speed demands, server virtualisation, Data Centre growth and proliferation of LANs. All these are drivers for growth in structured cabling. Intelligent Cabling (PLM) is also catching up pretty fast amongst large enterprises.

What are the government clients that ADC Krone is currently serving? How are your networks adapted to the government’s priority in providing a single consolidated face to the users across multiple services?

The Vikas Soudha, Bhopal Mantralaya, Vigyaan Bhavan, Delhi Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Offi ce, President’s Offi ce, Bureau of Indian Standards, Army Head quarters, Agartala Secretariat, Common Wealth Games, Delhi Metro Bhavan, Admiral Gorshkov Ship and the Central Reserve Police Force are some of our key accounts. Our products deliver committed performance in terms of bandwidth under extreme conditions also.

With our global array of products and services, we can design a migration plan whatever the existing network or the project challenges. We can design, supply, install and commission a network for the IT department to operate – or increasingly, with our channel partners, we can provide every type of solution.

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