Here's what's been happening in the networking world this week:

10Gig Ethernet stretches to 100m of Cat6 copper
10Gig can now run over unshielded Cat6 cable at distances of up to 100m, according to Krone. The company reckons its CopperTen structured cabling system will let users install for 10/100/1000 now and upgrade to 10G later, whereas other 10Gig over copper systems require new shielded Cat6 or Cat7 cable to go further than 55m.

It says CopperTen solves the problem of crosstalk from adjacent wires by using elliptical cable rather than circular, along with techniques to ensure that however the cables are installed, there will always be sufficient separation between them.

Foundry wants to Iron out your server farm
Foundry Networks says its ServerIron-GT E series can provide server farms with load balancing, network defence, and intelligent content inspection and switching capabilities. It claims that the three new boxes, priced from $16,000 to $45,000, make up the industry's highest performing family of Layer 4-7 Web application management appliances.

Heading the range is the E10Gx2 which has two 10Gig Ethernet ports and can handle up to 150,000 Layer 4 connections a second as standard, scaling up to 320,000 a second. The ServerIron-GT E series all feature integrated Layer 2/3 switching and routing, plus hardware-based traffic monitoring.

A simple route to VoIP, perhaps
Could it ever be easy to move to voice-over-IP? Techland thinks so - if you use its Quintum Tenor AX line of analogue VoIP switches.

Isn't analogue VoIP a contradiction in terms? Apparently not - what it means by this is merely that the Quintum devices, which start at £1,178 and can be configured with both H.323 and SIP in one unit, can connect an existing analogue voice PBX to both the PSTN and the data network, even switching between the two mid-call as line quality demands. Techland claims that this allows any organisation to migrate to VoIP without touching its existing PBX or LAN infrastructure.