With a sweep of the Interop 2008 Las Vegas show floor, it's clear that vendors are confident that 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology is moving beyond the early adoption phase and into more storage networks and data centers. Intel is among the big vendors at the conference embracing the transition, today announcing a stepping-stone …
What about CAT7
Well, they quote distances over CAT6 but not CAT7 cable... Wonder why not. I have an interest in this, as its what was installed when our ship was built. Uses slightly different connectors called GG45, but they're backwards compatible with RJ-45.
Hooray for Cat6
I am SO glad I ignored ALL unsolicited advice to just install Cat5e instead of Cat6 in our new offices ("Why the hell do you need cat6?!"). We have a gigabit setup currently, moving around lots of large video files, and we can never have a fast enough network... fibre is too expensive and tricky for us - at least I won't have to disruptively rip out our copper when the day comes to upgrade networking equipment..