Might 10-Gigabit Ethernet be in Your Future?

We realize that our clients do not have to “get into the weeds” with us when it comes to the technical aspects of data networks. But it always helps to be familiar with where the industry is heading, and whether it’s relevant to your particular situation.

If you haven’t heard about it already, you will be hearing more and more about 10 Gigabit Ethernet (aka 10GE, 10GbE, or 10 GigE). It refers to one of the latest formats regarding speed in delivering data. Simply put, 10GbE refers to a network whose data speed transfer is 10 billion bits (remember from computer class, 8 bits = 1 byte) of information per second.

That’s very, very fast, especially when most businesses today are fine with 1GbE or slower. Who would need such a fast speed as 10GbE?

Well, the forefront of users 10GbE today are not too hard to imagine. For example, consider the techological advances in the video world over the past decade. Not only have the images increased exponentially in file size with the change from the 4:3 size and lower resolution of standard definition of the past to today’s 16:9 HD files. And as ultra-high resolution formats such as 2K and 4K become more commonplace, the file sizes are going to get even larger. Add to that today’s video production techniques (think reality TV with all those GoPro cameras rolling) call for much more footage being shot than ever before to make a TV episode.

Think about the network demands of a small video business that edits such video programming. They need a lot of data speed capacity within their internal infrastructure to handle the large video files. What would happen if they continued to use networks with speeds that were too slow? Well, it would be similar to what you have undoubtedly experienced watching a video on your phone when the connection is too slow. The video sputters, drops frames, or even freezes. Not good if your business in making professional videos. So as you can see, the video production industry has been an early adopter of the 10-Gigabit Ethernet network.

The rise of 10GbE is really nothing to be scared of. It’s just another inevitable step in IT progress. (Remember when DSL was considered lightening speed?) And if you are not in a business like video production, network speeds of 1GbE or less may be fine for your purposes today and the foreseeable future.

That’s the overarching point we want to make here. When it comes to upgrading an existing network system, or designing a new one, work with a knowledgeable partner to assess your particular needs. We here at Delta Intellicom enjoy being that partner. First and foremost, we will listen to you. Then we will help you analyze your present and your future needs to make sure you acquire the most economical quality network solution that will also ensure “future proof-ing” your needs.

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