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10GBASE-T for the Data Center

If you look at history, cabling infrastructure has generally been in place ahead of network adapters and switches. That was certainly the case when the market transitioned from 10/100 to 1Gigabit Ethernet. And BASE-T technologies using twisted-pair cables have been the volume leader during  each transition.

Same thing is happening here today with 10GBASE-T, short for 10Gigabit Ethernet over twisted-pair cables.  10GBASE-T can utilize the widely deployed Cat6, 6A or 7 cable plants. 

But wait, why would anyone need 10G in the data center?  

Simply put, 10G will reduce the economics of data center infrastructure – less cables, switches and adapters, and increase server virtualization density. And 10GBASE-T will make this process easy, and cost-effectively.

Watch this video testimonial featuring technology experts across the 10GBASE-T ecosystem:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps708/prod_presentation_10GBASEvideo.html

If you are looking for a technology primer on 10GBASE-T, this FAQ is a very quick read and can get you up to speed in 10 minutes: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps708/qa_c67-575047.html

And if you think 10G and 10GBASE-T are only for big organizations with big budgets, think again:

2 weeks ago I learned an impressive story from a mid-sized organization who’s at the forefront of migrating to 10GBASE-T: Human Kinetics, a Champaign Illinois-based worldwide information leader in physical wellness is adopting 10GBASE-T to double its server virtualization density to 30:1. How can it afford to do that in such a tough economic environment? Through extending its networking asset life cycles: By mixing Cisco’s new 10GBASE-T line cards with its existing 1G line cards on the Catalyst 6500 server access switches, Human Kinetics can instantly remove server I/O bottleneck without making wholesale changes to its network topology. And its recently upgraded Cat6A and 7 cable plants can be put into good use immediately.

Check back my blog soon on this story.

Feng

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