The Road to 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet

Increasing virtualization means data traffic between servers is growing. At the same time, there is an increase in CPU and PCI performance. These advances should also get through to users who expect acceptable transmission speed and latency. The road leads to 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet. This speed can only be attained with appropriately configured cabling.

At the same time as storage is shifted into the server housing, networks are consolidated (see figure). Cabling density increases, as a result, both at the server housing and at the switch or router.

These both need to be considered when planning the infrastructure of the data center.

Preparing networks

The evolution of networks described can only be successfully implemented with more bandwidth and greater cabling performance. As a result, data centers have to ensure their networks can cope with using 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

different network types

Left: Classic design with Ethernet and fiber channel network. Center: SDS alternative for enterprise data centers with two separate Ethernet networks. Right: Consolidated Ethernet network in which both data and storage traffic are distributed via the same switches.