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March 2017, Vol. 8, No. 2

With new IEEE Ethernet standard, old cables learn new tricks

The new IEEE Ethernet standard offers some much-needed flexibility for network managers trying to keep up with skyrocketing bandwidth demand while working under long refresh cycles that prevent frequent rip-and-replace upgrades. With 802.3bz, or NBASE-T, switches, such organizations can give their existing CAT5e and CAT6 cables a shot in the proverbial arm, raising bandwidth from 1 Gbps to 2.5 or 5 Gbps. The IEEE Ethernet standard also allows for a degree of "futureproofing," letting network managers scale their bandwidth as the need for it grows. This edition of Network Evolution examines these and other use cases for the new IEEE Ethernet standard, with on-the-ground stories from early adopters. We also explore the factors preventing some network managers from embracing NBASE-T quite yet.

Also in this issue, we look at the rising popularity of managed network services, from security to software-defined WAN. We'll tell you what you should know before subscribing.

And finally, find out how cutting-edge technology is transforming the sports venue into a major home-field advantage. In the age of Pokémon GO and Snapchat, the stadium network is the new most valuable player.

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