Prior preparation

Steve Sutcliffe
By Steve Sutcliffe
History is littered with examples of people and organisations who underestimated how their needs would change in the future, and regretting it further down the line.
Prior preparation

They say prior preparation prevents poor performance, but if you feel like you may have underestimated your businesses bandwidth requirements never fear, upgrading may be essential but it is also easier than you realise.

There’s no denying that top-of-rack links that were once adequate have become saturated due to the massive amount of data and workloads pulsing through faster, more powerful servers. Virtualization and cloud computing have also given rise to new networking challenges, meaning 10Gb Ethernet is no longer fast enough. For server to top-of-rack network connections to keep up, you would need to double the number of switches in each rack and use 10 GbE Network Interface Controllers, but hidden costs make this impractical.

With business bandwidth requirements growing at double digit rates, it has become the norm to regularly undertake migrations to ever-higher-speed networks. Those with demands for high speed data transfer for graphics and operations where rolling out a costly fibre to desktop network with lots of media converters isn’t an option, 25 GbE is the ideal solution.

Because 25 GbE is able to run over existing fibre optic cable plant designed for 10 GbE, just by changing the transceivers, tremendous cost savings for large can be made for companies that already use fibre cabling for 10 GbE. And since 25 GbE is delivered across a single lane, it provides greater switch port density and network scalability. Web-scale and cloud organisations can enjoy 2.5 times the network bandwidth performance of 10 GbE.

Deploying 25 GbE networks allows organisations to significantly reduce the required number of switches and cables, along with the considerations for the reduction of facility costs related to space, power and cooling compared to 10GbE technology. Fewer physical network components means ongoing management and maintenance costs can also be reduced.

If you’re interested in finding out how making a switch to 25 GbE could benefit your business, get in touch.

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