It's all about the base!

November 28, 2014

BASE JUMPING (It’s all about the base!)


The next wave of 10GBase-T solutions has arrived and businesses and colleges can now provision the power of enterprise-class solutions within their switching infrastructure to help them look to the future.


The growth of BYOD (‘Bring your own device’)


The number of devices in the workplace and within schools and colleges is set to treble by 2018. However, as data traversing your networks continues to grow, the knock-on effects can have a detrimental impact on the stability of wireless networks.


Aside from the challenges of managing and securing a multitude of new devices, you may also find yourself faced with network bottlenecks, buffering and speed issues – all of which can negatively affect your organisation’s ability to function as required. Furthermore, with more devices and users to contend with, the risk of downtime intensifies as networks struggle to cope with the added congestion.


As more devices connect to the network and the amount of data increases, there will be significant performance implications, not just on the wireless infrastructure, but the entire IT network.


Firewalls' and applications' security will need to be re-evaluated to ensure safe and secure access to the internet. After all, only so much traffic can come and go through the firewall door at a time and this can present bottleneck issues. Add to this the convergence of voice, video and data mobile devices and network performance can start to degrade. As a result, network managers are being forced to look for ways to manage network traffic in a more efficient, but also affordable way.


The benefits of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Copper (Category 6a)


There are a host of benefits to using 10 Gigabit Ethernet Copper, but one that any growing organisation can relate to is the need to help realise high speed network performance growth. Another benefit is the ability to leverage existing infrastructure copper cabling investments. Organisations with an existing network infrastructure running Category 6a or 7 cabling, will be able to benefit from the copper wiring being of a higher grade than that of Category 5e. Such networks can support higher bandwidth requirements that 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper allows – up to 100m using RJ45 connectors. Category 6a networks can also leverage and benefit from 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper, but over shorter distances. Backwards compatibility with 100mb and gigabit networks allows for a cost effective and simpler upgrade path to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.


10 Gigabit Ethernet also enables organisations to extend support for converged environments. Network performance bottlenecks risks are growing. Bandwidth demand is rising to support intensive new applications, along with the proliferation of data replication and the widespread adoption of mobility, server and storage virtualisation. All these combine to drive the need for 10 Gigabit solutions. The increase in video and mobile data alone is placing limitations on Gigabit networks as more devices, users and content fight for traffic prioritisation.


Why now is the time to embrace 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity


BYOD is not just a fad, it’s here to stay. With generation Y on the brink of entering the employment market, the number of devices in the enterprise will continue to increase, along with the amount of data transmitted over the network. As a result, wired and wireless bandwidth, will end up competing for network bandwidth, while additional voice traffic stemming from both mobile and connected computer devices will create incremental demand for higher speed and lower latency links to accommodate the additional traffic across the network.


In this environment, the need for 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity has never been clearer. The network performance bottleneck caused by the growing demand for bandwidth to support intensive application, combined with the proliferation of data replication and the widespread adoption of server and storage virtualisation in small and medium sized networks, is driving the deployment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet solutions for network connectivity.


This pressure will increase and manifest across the networked infrastructure – presenting opportunities for customers to consider speeds greater than Gigabit. It is imperative that organisations put in place the technology and connectivity needed to support tomorrow’s connected workforce and future-proof their networks. Those organisations who fail to do so will lose out to competitors who are better equipped and ready to support a truly mobile workforce.



Blog taken from NCN Network Communication News November 2014 – Author: Tris Simmons


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