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Why your business needs 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Enterprise network

The rapid development of the modern enterprise network is nothing short of staggering. Even by today’s standards, 100Mbps and even 1Gbps are simply not up to scratch, there is now a move towards 10Gbps and 40Gbps networks.

To put that into context, 40Gbps is 4000x faster than 1997’s 10-Base-T network! You may ask what is driving the need for speed and the shift towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet (Also known as 10GE or 10Gbps).

What is driving the increase in speed?

We see two key areas driving the demand for ultra-high speed networks; Virtualisation (Cloud) and Big Data. What these two items have common is the need to transfer large amounts of data, in the shortest time possible. Legacy 100Mbps and even 1Gbps network simply cannot cope, hence the need for a bigger pipe – this is what 10Gbps provides.

As the computing power of servers improves and the sheer volume of data increases, the network must be improved to avoid a bottle necks

We have built and managed both service provider and enterprise networks, supporting e-commerce platforms, banks, media companies and financial services firms. In our experience, VMWare and the adoption of Storage Area Networks (SANS) are the biggest drivers.

How widespread is 10GE?

10 Gigabit Ethernet is growing at a rapid rate. A survey by Dell’ Oro is seeing a 40% growth of 10GE attach rates, year on year. It is predicted that by 2016, 10GE ports will be shipping more than their 1Gbps counterparts, whilst 100Mbps will be confined to the bin.

Upgrade to 10GE


Chances are, your business has a 100Mbps or 1Gbps access network, and a 1Gbps server or storage network. This is fine for traditional servers and IT functions, but not for modern day VMWare or Citrix virtualised environments. IT Managers and business owners should really be looking to upgrade their enterprise networks now, eliminating bottle necks and future proofing their business.

A recent survey of IT professionals found that both current requirements and future considerations were factors in adopting 10 GbE. The top five considerations were:

  • 43%: Server virtualization increases throughput requirements.
  • 42%: Current or anticipated data center traffic.
  • 41%: Costs have decreased to an acceptable level.
  • 36%: Data center consolidation is driving massive data center scale.
  • 35%: Current or future implementation of a private cloud in our data center.

These findings mirror what we are seeing with our customers.

How to upgrade?

Our team are experts in switched networks and we have first-hand experience across all major vendors. We can work with you to understand your business, your budget, your existing environment and learn to understand your future plans. These plans could consist of adding virtualisation workloads, a new SAN or replacing your aging enterprise network.

MTG are a Huawei partner, whose range of S5700 switches feature high density 1Gbps and 10Gbps ports – perfect for the modern day network. MTG are able to integrate these devices into your existing network environment, ensuring interoperability with any existing vendors (e.g. Cisco/HP/Juniper).

10GE is the new norm in enterprise networking and should be the minimum speed your business should be aiming for. If you would like to explore 10GE networking and learn how this can benefit your business, speak to MTG today. Call 01624 640400 or e-mail




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Joe Hughes is the CEO of Manx Technology Group. Joe has a background in software development, information security, networks, datacentres and enterprise IT.
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