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Global provider Anixter, based in Glenview, 111., launched a new distribution program aimed at helping systems integrators specify the perfect cabling infrastructure for their customers, now and in the future.

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                                          Anixter Unveils IP Cabling Life Cycle Plan
                                     By Deborah L. O’Mara

             Global provider Anixter, based in Glenview, Ill.,        its life,” Holloway said. The program basically defines the
          launched a new distribution program aimed at                life cycle of IP cabling systems for customer enterprise net-
       helping systems integrators specify the perfect cabling        worked applications and is divided into classes, based on the
     infrastructure for their customers, now and in the fu-           end-use or longevity of the solution and includes: IP Class
  ture. Called Anixter ipAssured, the program, launched at            1+ (for one to five years); IP Class 5+ (for five to 10 years):
the end of October 2009, focuses on the increased emphasis            and IP-Class 10+ (Cat 6A for 10 plus years).
on the network—and making sure that the infrastructure,                  According to Anixter, IP decision makers at corporations
and the security, industrial automation and other converged           ‘get it’ and are willing to pay the extra costs in the infra-
systems running on it and deployed now and over the next              structure upfront so they can grow with it and Anixter is
10 years, fit the needs of the user and the facility. The pro-        helping give systems integrators the tools to sell it.
gram makes infrastructure choices clear and categorizes the
options available based on application or end-use. It centers
on three different classifications of cabling infrastructure
and takes into account current and emerging specification
                                                                                                             Under the Bosch Big Top
standards and the ever-growing need to run video on the                                                         Bosch Security Systems hosted a
network. According to Anixter’s Tim Holloway, Category                                                       6,400-square-foot tent off the show
5e has some inherent limitations, many associated with the                                                   floor at ASIS in the parking lot of
size or gauge of the cable, so the company is focusing on Cat-                                               the Marriott Hotel. More than 1,500
egory 6 deployment—which ultimately will meet increased                                                      people visited the tent, which served
data needs of the end user.
                                                                         as                                  the backdrop for a series of carnival
   “What we have found overall in our Infrastructure Solu-
     
								
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