May 5, 2006
A high level of adaptability and flexibility has long been Ethernet’s trademark and will be crucial to the widespread adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in high performance data centres, says Stephen Garrison, vice president of corporate marketing at Force10 Networks Inc.
“With the ability to constantly evolve as a technology, Ethernet is uniquely able to meet the ever changing needs of the next generation data center,” said Garrison this week at Interop 2006 in Las Vegas.
“From speed and density to the low latency required to implement cluster architectures, Ethernet continues to improve upon itself, creating a highly efficient technology for the strategic needs of the data center.”
He added that with the emergence of cost-effective 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology, enterprises can replace their multiple aggregated Gigabit Ethernet links, simplifying network management.
“Additionally, low latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet enables next generation data centres to leverage the technology in cluster computing architectures, eliminating the need for traditionally lower latency proprietary interconnects or Infiniband. As data centres move towards virtualized applications, both low port price and low latency will be crucial drivers of 10 Gigabit Ethernet adoption.
“The confluence of consolidation, more powerful servers and growing regulation requirements is dramatically increasing traffic within the data centre. As these trends continue and data centers begin to deploy more bandwidth-intensive applications, the industry as a whole will need to begin exploring the next evolution of Ethernet to ensure network predictability.”