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It’s not too early to worry about 40 and 100 GbE migration
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Vol 3/ No.6
A few years ago, a group of network engineers unanimously laughed in my face when I brought up an article I was writing about 10 GbE migration. All of them were still using 1 GbE, and only a few were even testing 10 GbE switches. The transition, they said, would be long and slow. It was the classic gap between a user’s reality and a journalist’s research. So it may seem even stranger this month that we have produced an entire issue about 40 and 100 GbE migration (we even have a piece pondering the future of 400 and Terabit GbE). After all, we are only at the very beginning of widespread 10 GbE implementation. But things are different now than they were a few years ago. The need for capacity and speed is exploding as network teams build private and hybrid clouds and deliver video throughout their campuses and branch offices. So even if they don’t need 40 GbE today, they’ll need to build networks that can be transitioned in the future. And that won’t be easy, as news director Shamus McGillicuddy reports in his feature “40 Gigabit ...
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Features in this issue
Experts and early adopters of 40 Gigabit Ethernet share successes and pitfalls.
When it comes to 100 Gigabit Ethernet, network monitoring tools fall short. Analyst Jim Frey explains which tools are ready and which must change.
With 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet so new, what could possibly drive the need for 400 Gigabit Ethernet in the enterprise? Hint: It’s not just the WAN.
Columns in this issue
It may seem early to consider 40 and 100 GbE migration since 10 GbE is so young, but with the explosion of video and cloud applications, users must build 10 GbE networks today that can be easily migrated in the future.