Standards play strategic roles in various systems. Network standards optimize data flow and access in a complex and changing networking environments. They are as numerous and varied as the environments they guard and analyze.
John Siemon, the CTO of Siemon Company, a network solution company shared with Kenyan C -- squad executives on the current market dynamics and global standards convergence & the overall Ethernet ecosystem. This was during an executive dinner organized by the company in collaboration with Coast Data systems their local distributers in Kenya and CIO East Africa at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi.
Siemons has contributed to network working standards worldwide among them include the IEEE 802.3 Working Group ISO/IEC JTC, INCITS T11 Fibre Channel BICSI Technical Information and Methods Committee Fiber Optic Industry Assoc. (FIA), TIA Category 6A Consortium Ethernet Alliance etc.
John is responsible for the company's operations and engineering labs says he works for the networking industry and not just his company; terms network application standards to depend on the physical network layers. He predicts that by 2012 over 2.7 million ports based on 10GBase -- T standards will be shipped into Africa.
According to John, 2012 is the year of wide adoption for the 10GBASE -- T standards. Wikipedia refers to it to have been first published in 2002. It is a standard that defines a version of Ethernet with a nominal data rate of 10 Gbit/s (billion bits per second), which is ten times faster than gigabit Ethernet. Unlike previous Ethernet standards, 10 gigabit Ethernet defines only full duplex point to point links which are generally connected by network switches. Half duplex operation, hubs and CSMA/CD (carrier sense multiple access with collision detection) do not exist in 10GbE.
10GBase -- T standards doesn't follow "the longer the cable the less the bandwidth" rule, it offers Modified baseband 16-level PAM, 128-DSQ + LDPC, Tomlinson-Harishima Pre-coding, 800 Mbaud. "It is the most economical 10 Gb/s solution", says John. The standard allows for full duplex echo cancellation, substantially improved receiver sensitivity and crosstalk cancellation but alien crosstalk practically limits the 10GBASE-T application.
In December, 2011, in his article "All I Want for Christmas Is 10Gbase-T", Howard Marks asks Santa to give the networking industry general availability of 10GBase-T across switches and NIC/CNAs. For him to stop worrying about how to pay for optical transceivers at $350 to $1,200 a pop, as well as about the never ending compatibility problems with both optics and twin-ax direct connect cables.?
Aunally Maloo, CEO Coast Data Systems recognized Safaricom Limited not only are they as pack leaders on the MPESA mobile money transfer service but also have standardized with Siemon. Others bodies who have embraced this standards include the Kenyan eGovernment, Coca-Cola, Kenya Airways among others.
"Siemons plays at the right time when Kenya needs more distributed computing power", says Dr. Bitange Ndemo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication. He added that it is cheaper to use computing power harnessed computing power stored in other places.
Organizations with such capacities have the potential to make Kenya rich and self sustainable. "Such technologies aided in discovering oil in Turkana", says Dr. Ndemo during the dinner.
New technologies under these standards will accommodate LAN-on-Motherboard (Intel Romley), enables server manufacturers to implement auto-negotiation. For the first time, servers will come preconfigured with Ethernet connections with auto-negotiation to 100 Mb/s, 1 Gb/s, or 10 Gb/s speeds, deployment of 10GBASE-T capable switches now capitalizes on this future capability.