Choose the Right Network for Your Business

If you're thinking about upgrading your company's network, watch Intel Sales Enablement Manager Gary “Gigabit” Gumanow discuss the advantages of migrating to 10Gb Ethernet, like significantly improved storage performance, reduced power consumption, and cost savings.


Hi. I'm Gary "Gigabit" Gumanow, and man it's noisy in here. I'm in a data center, and I want to talk to you about the trade offs and benefits of migrating to 10 gigabit ethernet. It wasn't so long ago when the only option beyond one gigabit ethernet was 10 gigabit ethernet, but that was changed. Today's high speed networking market is wide and varied. With all the choices out there, how do you know whether 10 gigabit ethernet is right for your business?

How do you make a plan that will support you today, and in the future? Well consider your reasons for upgrading. What do you need from your network? And based on those requirements, what's on budget for your business. The reasons to upgrade are many, but for today, let's focus on the three big ones; growth, costs, and mitigating risk. If you're currently operating a 1 gigabit ethernet network, chances are a 10x improvement in bandwidth is a solid investment.

Migrating from 1 to 10 gigabit ethernet can give you a 10x performance boost. I spend a lot of time with customers, and I want to share some things to help your decision making process. When it comes to media type, you've got options, including base-t, direct attach copper, and fiber. Both base-t and fiber bring great flexibility, but costs add up quickly. The clear winner for a cost friendly budget is base-t. The RJ45 connection is the same one you already have installed. Plus you can leverage your existing CAT6A cable.

Direct attach copper means fixed length cables, not field terminated cables. Moving to direct attach copper or optics is more complex. But RJ45 is everywhere. Let's say you don't have the budget to upgrade your entire infrastructure. The good news is that this is not a forklift upgrade. One of the advantages of 10g base-t Intel ethernet network adapters is their backwards compatible, so you can take a staged approach. And when you migrate from 1 to 10 gigabit ethernet using Intel ethernet network adapters, you'll reduce power consumption.

You can reuse your existing CAT6A cabling, saving more money. These are just a few examples of the advantages of migrating from 1 to 10 gigabit ethernet. I suspect about 80% of all 1 gigabit ethernet customers migrate to 10 gigabit ethernet. But why make the change with Intel? Our commitment to continual innovation means you can benefit from an ongoing 10 gigabit ethernet roadmap, whether you want to manage your networks on prem, or deploy hybrid networks with high quality products.

Intel innovation goes beyond just connecting the server to the network. We optimize ethernet flows within the platform through key technologies and accelerations. From intelligent network virtualization offload, to packet processing efficiency and traffic steering, all our Intel ethernet adapters are optimized for Intel architecture. To give you even more network performance and maximize CPU utilization. There is a lot more I'd love to share with you, but this gives you a starting point for ensuring that your network upgrades bring the most value to your organization.

And I want to leave you with three tips. Number one, if you do nothing else, migrate from 1 to 10 gigabit ethernet. This allows you to start the scaling of your server platforms. Number two, upgrade SAS hard drives to Intel solid state drives, and this will help you improve your storage performance. And number three, refresh with Intel's Xeon scalable processor platforms, to get the most performance across your network.

Good luck turning your network into a major business asset for this data driven world we live in. This is Gary "Gigabit" Gumanow. Until next time.