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10 Gigabit Ethernet Connections for Enterprise Applications

For larger organizations or cutting edge applications, even 10GigE is not unreasonable WAN bandwidth.

By: John Shepler

Amazing as it sounds, 10 Gigabit Ethernet wide area network connections are now possible for business applications. Perhaps even more surprising are the number of businesses that can actually use this level of bandwidth.

Gigabit Ethernet is just starting up the growth curve for major corporations and high technology companies who's products and services depend on creating enormous data sets and being able to deliver them instantly to their customers. What kind of companies are those?

Who Really Needs 10GigE?
For anyone engaged in video production or editing, Gigabit per second pipes are no extravagance. Even short video productions chew up hundreds of Megabytes in a matter of minutes. Uncompressed high definition video can do that in seconds. It matters not if you have Terabytes or Petabytes of storage available if there is no practical way to transfer those productions in any reasonable amount of time.

Medical imaging is another high demand generator of data. MRI, CT, and X-Ray images create large files for each picture and image set. As the medical profession moves more and more from physical to electronic files, the amount of data will surely multiply and then multiply again. It's now possible to have a physician in Asia read a medical image from the U.S. during what is the middle of the night for us, but standard business hours in India or China. Being able to use medical consultants worldwide depends on having rapid communications for both text and images.

Scientific research and Engineering are fields that have moved away from notebooks and analog gauges to computer-aided drawing, manufacturing and modeling. Complex projects, such as new building design, collaboration on aircraft design, and drug research increasingly use faster and faster supercomputers. The faster computers generate data that much faster. Can you really expect to use yesterday's bandwidth solutions to maintain cutting edge productivity?

Why Ethernet Instead of SONET
It is high bandwidth applications such as these that are driving companies and organizations to faster LANs within their operations and faster WAN connections outside. With Ethernet the common denominator among network protocols, it stands to reason that Carrier Ethernet solutions are a better match than the traditional SONET fiber optic services. They are also often cheaper. Competitive carriers with regional and nationwide networks optimized for IP services such as Ethernet and MPLS, are highly efficient at delivering high bandwidths over fiber connections. Gigabit Ethernet is often a given for any lit building. But 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gig E, is now emerging as a reasonable service to install for high volume and multiple users.

Do you have a high bandwidth demand that you can't meet or feel you are paying too much for? If so, check out the availability and pricing of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections for your business location.

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