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10GBASE-T number one technology for 10 Gigabit Ethernet: Solarflare survey

Results of a survey conducted during VMworld in Las Vegas last week demonstrate widespread preference among IT and ...


October 1, 2008  


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Results of a survey conducted during VMworld in Las Vegas last week demonstrate widespread preference among IT and data centre managers for 10GBASE-T over FibreChannel, Optical 10G or InfiniBand technologies, according to Solarflare Communications.

The survey of 200 tradeshow attendees was conducted by Solarflare, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet silicon provider.

Upwards of 87% of the respondents have Twisted Pair copper Ethernet cabling installed as their primary physical medium, either Category 5, 5E or 6, and 66% agree it is vital for new applications and devices to support the installed cabling.

“The growth of virtualization drives demand for 10GbE, because the more virtual machines deployed, the more those virtual machines need fatter pipes to sustain the network,” said Bruce Tolley, vice president of marketing at Solarflare.