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10 Gigabit Ethernet: Upgrading for consolidation and virtualization

In this workshop, you'll learn how 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) enables consolidation and virtualization. You'll discover the benefits and challenges of implementing converged data center and storage networking on 10 Gigabit Ethernet to support a high-performing virtualized environment.

Upgrading to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology in your data center enables higher bandwidth, simplifies port management and lends itself to converged storage and data center networking, which are necessary features for a high-performing virtualized environment. 

This 10 Gigabit Ethernet workshop will assist network managers and architects in understanding the benefits of implementing converged data center and storage networking on 10 Gigabit Ethernet. You'll learn about the challenges and considerations for migrating to 10 GbE and how it introduces flexibility and prevents latency in your enterprise network.

  Video: 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the data center

In this introductory video, Howard Marks discusses the challenges and considerations when migrating to 10 GbE in your data center.     

As the founder and chief scientist of, Marks has over 25 years experience consulting on the design and implementation of networks at several Fortune 500 companies. In this video, Marks brings his expertise to the table by answering some important questions about using 10 GbE technology. 


  Technical Feature: Migrating to 10 GbE for data and storage convergence

In this technical feature, Marks examines the growing popularity and adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and the  benefits it offers by enabling data and storage convergence.

Read  Migrating to 10 GbE enables data and storage network convergence


  Webcast: The role of 10 GbE in your network

In the following webcast presentation, Marks discusses the role of 10 GbE technology in high-performance networks. Marks also discusses latency busting architectures, approaches to converged and virtualized I/O and when to consider moving to Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or whether you should just stick with iSCSI.



  Quiz: Test your 10 Gibabit Ethernet knowledge

In this 10 Gigabit Ethernet Quiz, you can test your knowledge on everything from 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches to cabling options to costs. See whether you’re ready to implement 10 GbE in your data center network and if you understand how 10 GbE enables consolidation and virtualization. Other topics in this quiz help identify the benefits and challenges of 10 GbE include data center bridging, Fiber Channel over Ethernet, TRILL and more.

Take this seven question quiz to test your knowledge on 10 Gigabit Ethernet.


About the workshop contributor: Howard Marks is the founder and chief scientist at, a networking consultancy. In over 25 years of consulting, he has designed and implemented networks, management systems and Internet strategies at organizations including American Express, JP Morgan, Borden Foods, U.S. Tobacco, BBDO Worldwide and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Marks is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and the author of more than 100 articles in technical publications. He has also written the book  Networking Windows and co-authored Windows NT Unleashed.     


This was last published in March 2011

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