In today’s world, the need for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) easily spans all types of markets and businesses. In 2016, the global Internet traffic reached 1.2 ZB (1,000 Exabytes [EB]) per year and loads are expected to increase to 3.3 ZB per year by 2021. These statistics are one of the major reasons why businesses are adopting 10 GbE networks.
In addition, big analytics, cloud computing and virtualization are pushing 10G adoption. Adopting a 10G network is a critical decision for any business that is constantly in demand of higher bandwidth for faster backups and the ever-growing amount of data generated.
10GbE connectivity offers your small business greater ability to adopt better service deployment and an immediate boost to your network performance. The 10GbE network was first defined by the IEEE 802.3ae-2002 standard and it only works with duplex point-to-point connections through network switches.
Like earlier Ethernet versions, you can use either fiber or copper cabling to enjoy the benefits of 10GbE connectivity in your small business. However, the 10GbE standard utilizes a set of different physical layer (PHY) standards. You will find that a networking device offers support for different types of PHY via pluggable modules like XFP, SFP+ and XENPAK.
In order to realize the benefits of 10G networking, you need to choose one of either 10GBASE-T or SFP+ technologies for transmitting data via copper and fiber respectively. Before choosing the right technology, business owners and IT managers have to choose a cable solution capable of supporting the current future needs and trends.