With the ratification of new industry standards and increased demands on data center throughput, 40/100G Ethernet will be an integral component of the next generation data center. In fact, it is already an emerging influence on how organizations plan, build and operate their existing data center architecture. The market proves this: manufacturers are already responding to the increased demand for Ethernet hardware, including cabling products, switches and transceivers.
The implementation of 40/100G Ethernet is dependent upon a variety of organizational factors, including existing infrastructure, budget, throughput demand and leadership priority. However, it is clear that the stage is set for the most dramatic change related to data center fiber optic infrastructures since their inception. In this paper, we will discuss the deep impact that this network speed transition has on data center cabling infrastructure, and the decisions that organizations will need to make to accommodate these changes.
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