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Driving 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adoption in the Data Center

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Data volumes and network bandwidth consumed by data centers double every 18 months while devices accessing networks double every 2.5 years. To support this thirst for data, a corresponding advance in network bandwidth needs to occur. Given that Ethernet has become the networking infrastructure of not only the Internet, but also information service delivery to corporations of all sizes, the logical answer is migration to the next advance in Ethernet – 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

What’s driving the evolution to 10 Gigabit Ethernet? The drive comes from advances in other information technologies – multi-core processors, virtualized environments, advances in storage architectures, server clustering and consolidation, new forms of information delivery using the Internet, and the next wave of digital media content. Associated with these technological advances is the advance in networking itself that is making 10 Gigabit Ethernet affordable across the network from the core to the edge. Intel and Extreme Networks® are two companies leading the evolution to 10 Gigabit Ethernet adoptions. Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters offer reliable performance, feature flexible virtualization, and deliver cost-effective storage networking. Extreme Networks provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking solutions for Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching in both modular and fixed configurations. Extreme Networks versatile design for these configurations offers customers a choice while providing an excellent migration path from existing Gigabit Ethernet network infrastructures. By combining 10 Gigabit Ethernet technologies from Intel and Extreme Networks, customers can realize the advantages of 10 Gigabit Ethernet today at affordable costs in seamless migration and coexistence with their existing Ethernet data center network.