The musings of an IT Consultant

May 31 2009   7:17PM GMT

Time to start planning for 10 GbE networks

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So in this day and age 10 GbE switches are starting to become more popular. Recently many 10 GbE offerings have been announced from various vendors. This has got me thinking. Taking a quick survey of networks I have come across, there is still a huge proliferation of 10/100 and people are still starting to embrace 1 Gbps.

I think network admins, or whomever is responsible for their budgets need to loosen the purse strings a bit and let us network guys upgrade our network to handle the proliferation of high bandwidth applications out there now. We live in a media enriched world and more and more each day we are getting inundated with tons of large media content. If we don’t have the networks to support a constant stream of data we are going to fall behind.

At this point in time with the cheap cost of gig, I see no reason why every network shouldn’t be gigabit throughout and then 10 GbE through the major backbone connections of your internal network. Especially with virtualization here now, we are going to need those pipes to push all that data through. The next time you’re looking at network upgrades I urge you to look at your network and seriously think about upgrading from 10/100 to at least a gig.


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