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Experts discuss 10GBASE-T advancements to reduce energy consumption in data centres

 At a recent Emerging Technology Forum in Portland, Ore., representatives from Aquantia, Cisco, Intel and Siemon addressed key advances and considerations in the trend towards increasing market adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T)...


February 16, 2011  


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 At a recent Emerging Technology Forum in Portland, Ore., representatives from Aquantia, Cisco, Intel and Siemon addressed key advances and considerations in the trend towards increasing market adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) technologies in the data centre.

Topics covered at the events included key 10GBASE-T market drivers and projections, the evolution of server connectivity, decreasing power needs and cabling design options with 10GBASE-T.

Panel contributors included Dave Chalupsky, Intel Network Architect, Carl Hansen, Senior Product Manager with Intel’s Data Centre Standards group, Carrie Higbie, Siemon’s Global Director of Data Centre Solutions & Services, Sudeep Goswami, Product Line Manager of Cisco’s Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit and group chair for the Ethernet Alliance 10GBASE-T committee, and Sean Lundy, Director of Technical Marketing at Aquantia.

Goswami stated that Cisco is serious about 10GBASE-T and projected that the company’s Nexus product line would join its Catalyst line in supporting 10GBASE-T in 2011.

According to Higbie, category 6A and higher connectivity is being planned in new data centres, “85% of the new data center designs I see are cabling for 10GBASE-T.” 

An online video of the panel discussion is available at www.siemon.com/expertpanel.