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The Momentum Continues

by on Jul.01, 2009, under Storage

10 Gigabit Ethernet: The Momentum Continues

I’ve spent a fair number of words in the past on the benefits of 10 Gigabit and what it means for the server market.  Through the addition of FCoE and DataCenter Ethernet as well as advanced virtualization features 10 Gigabit seems likely to have its big day in the sun here pretty soon.  But the question is still “When”?

While the proof is ultimately in the raw volumes of 10 Gigabit that ship, and the number of IT users who utilize the higher performance, there are some key reasons to think that 10 Gigabit momentum is accelerating beyond just the numbers* below:

Over the past year, there has been a raft of new 10 Gigabit switch announcements** from Cisco (Nexus 5k/7k), Arista (7100, 7124, and 7148), BNT (G8100), Extreme Networks (Summit X650) Juniper (EX8200), Voltaire (8500) and many others that have increased the choice, and the density of 10 Gigabit switches in the marketplace.Broad acceptance of SFP+ has also helped to drive a rapid improvement in price, density, and power.There are also a few data points to suggest that the Server side cost for 10 Gigabit will also be dropping fast going forward.Finally, the continued cost reduction provides an attractive long term value of standards based 10 Gigabit Ethernet.Overall, the power, density, latency, and cost of 10 Gigabit are all improving at a rapid rate.–Ben Hacker* Del** Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


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