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Deploying 10GBASE-T as the Low-Cost Path to the Cloud

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Deploying 10GBASE-T as the Low-Cost Path to the Cloud

The increasing deployments of server virtualization, unified data and storage networking, and cloud computing and big data solutions offer cost savings, improved performance, and reliability, but these technologies are also driving unprecedented demand for network throughput. While gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connections can handle the bandwidth requirements of a single physical server, they are inadequate to support virtualized server-consolidation scenarios or multiple traffic types during peak periods. Scaling the network by adding additional GbE ports to servers can increase bandwidth, but the additional complexity, cost, and administrative overhead are untenable. In addition, load-balancing traffic among multiple GbE links can lead to asymmetric usage of those links, contributing to system and infrastructure inefficiencies.

To address those shortcomings, many IT executives and network administrators are now deploying 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) to meet escalating I/O requirements and help simplify both cabling infrastructure and network operations. With 10GBASE-T connections now available as integrated or modular LAN on motherboard (LOM) connections or add-in adapters, the technology provides IT organizations with a cost-effective 10 GbE media option that allows for broad deployment of 10 GbE to every rack and tower in the data center. What’s more, all of this is possible while maintaining backward compatibility with existing network equipment.

This paper examines 10GBASE-T, one of the most promising solutions for 10 GbE networks, with a focus on new products and common models for deployment in the data center.

Read the full Deploying 10GBASE-T as the Low-Cost Path to the Cloud White Paper.