Practical Considerations for Choosing a Network Speed for Business

Practical Considerations for Choosing a Network Speed for Business

Practical Considerations for Choosing a Network Speed for Business

Executive Summary

In today's ever evolving data center, it is important to understand the myriad of networking speeds, as well as switch, cable, and connector combinations. All elements should be carefully reviewed in order to choose the solution that is right for your data center and workloads.

Until recently, the generally accepted migration roadmap was 1 GbE to 10 GbE to 40 GbE. S...ince the approval of the IEEE802.3 by 25GbE standard and the introduction of 100 GbE capable switches, the transition to higher speeds has become more complex.

When it comes time to upgrade your network, what speed should you chose? There is no single answer to the speed and bandwidth question. The high speed networking market is wide and varied. The key is to take all variables into consideration when selecting the next speed for your data center.
• What does it take to upgrade to higher speeds?
• Will upgrading create new bottlenecks on my platform?
• What impact will upgrading have on my network and storage?

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