It’s an exciting time right now with lots of stuff coming from Cisco Live 2012 San Diego, such as the new Cisco Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE). Not to plagiarize the late great Billy Mays, but wait there is more! We have just introduced a new member of the Nexus data center switch family, the Nexus 5596T.
The Nexus 5596T is a 2 rack unit high fixed configuration switch with 96 10GBASE-T ports. 10GBASE-T is a 10 Gigabit Ethernet twisted pair copper standard based on IEE 802.3an. This allows customers to use much less expensive twisted pair copper cabling based on Standard Category 6 (<55 meters), Augmented Category 6 (100 meters) or Shielded Category 6 cabling (100 meters).
10 Gigabit Ethernet is becoming more and more prevalent in data center environments. The overall cost of optical components has been one of the limiting factors for further spread of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, especially for smaller or budget-constrained companies. The ability to use Category 6 cabling will decrease costs for customers. In the past, technological limitations on 10GBASE-T such as a heat and power costs have made deployment problematic. Advances have reduced the heat and power envelope of 10GBASE-T to an acceptable level.
The time is ripe for 10 Gigabit Ethernet over twisted pair copper. Take a look at this whitepaper that contains a detailed discussion of the market for 10GBASE-T and how it is going to explode in the months and years to come. 10 Gigabit Ethernet brings not only the bandwidth needed to handle the ongoing data deluge from the internet as well as from internal data gathering points, but it brings greater efficiency. This efficiency comes from the reduction of cabling created by 1 Gigabit Ethernet. Less cables equals less ports to manage and a simpler more efficient environment.
So take a gander at the new Nexus 5596T and keep your eyes peeled for more from Cisco Live 2012 San Diego tomorrow!