Evolution of Gigabit Technology

Executive Summary

The need for speed continues to accelerate at all levels of the network, and today’s PCs and servers are designed to meet the challenge—but only if they have the right network connections. High-bandwidth applications and high-speed communications have driven major increases in networking speeds from 10 Mbps Ethernet to100 Mbps Fast ...Ethernet, and now to 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). This means critical connections must be continually re-evaluated.

Many IT managers are deciding the time is ripe for broadly implementing Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop. They are specifying 1000 Mbps network adapter cards or LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) for their desktop systems, and multi-GbE for their servers. Benefits to the IT manager include significant time savings for a myriad of daily tasks ranging from virus protection patches to backups and software pushes. Users on the network gain the ability to download seamlessly without waiting, greatly increasing their productivity.

This paper looks at the ways your network can benefit from GbE implementations and offers a variety of deployment examples using copper and/or fiber-optic cabling. This information is intended to help network managers stay ahead of the demand for bandwidth and get the most performance at a lower cost.

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