A look at some of the server and cabling density found inside the Switch SuperNAP campus in Las Vegas. (Photo: Switch)

A look at some of the server and cabling density found inside the Switch SuperNAP campus in Las Vegas. (Photo: Switch)

Learn to Take Your Network to 40/100G Ethernet

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The world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011, the world created a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020, the world will generate 50 times the amount of information and 75 times the number of ‘information containers’ while IT staff to manage it will grow less than 1.5 times. Throughout all of this – the data center platform will continue to act as the central piece for all next-generation technologies, workloads, applications and data points.

There is no sign of slowed growth in the production of, and demand for, more data – as well as faster access to it. In this whitepaper from CABLExpress, we learn how high-performance cabling – that can transfer data over 40/100G Ethernet – will be a necessary addition to data centers looking to keep up with this digital data growth.

The exponential growth in infor­mation means processing speeds have to increase as well, so as not to slow access to data. And in fact, they are. Butter’s Law, a lesser known parallel to Moore’s law, states that data throughput from one optical fiber doubles every nine months. As connections in the data center increase to improve manageability, performance suffers. This is because added connections contribute to increased dB loss. Therefore, a balance must be maintained between manageability and performance.

Download this whitepaper today to see how data centers are experiencing the most significant change in cabling infrastructure since the introduction of fiber optic cabling. No longer is it a question of if, but when, data centers will migrate to 40/100G Ethernet. Installing a high-performance, fiber optic structured cabling infrastructure is essential to a successful migration.

Remember, the timeline for migration is different for every data center, depending on technological needs, budget, size and organizational priority. However, educating yourself on 40/100G Ethernet, evaluating your current cabling infrastructure and beginning plans for implementation will ensure a smooth, trouble-free migration.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. No doubt 40/100 is the future. Of course for many the move needs to be incremental in nature. And considering how many are currently leveraging 1GbE, a move to 10GbE makes sense. According to a recent IDG Research - Intel survey, the top two drivers of 10GbE deployment are the desire to boost data center agility (60%) and virtualization/private cloud deployments (56%).