Data centers are continually searching for ways to push more data at a faster rate. The increased demand for swifter enterprise-class data transport has resulted in substantial changes in Ethernet speeds in the data center.
Carrier Ethernet has become the networking norm in the past few years as customer data-center servers are required to handle the massive amount of traffic from smarter, data-intensive applications, IoT devices, and more.
The Need For Increased Speed
Most hyper-scale data centers are equipped with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and it is anticipated that they will move to 200 or 400 GbE by 2021. Moreover, there is an expectation that they will move from Gigabit Ethernet to Terabit Ethernet in the next few years.
If we talk about enterprise data centers, they are trying to catch up as currently, we have only seen 10 GbE, which is much slower for adaptive networking, especially in this demanding business environment. However, as the Ethernet speeds are increasing at an accelerated rate, it is likely that we will see enterprise data centers upgrading to at least 100 GbE.
There are many reasons why data centers require higher speeds, the primary one being the significant growth of hyper-scale networks from tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Furthermore, the availability of higher Gigabit Ethernet products at a lower price has also amplified its demand, supplemented by an increased amount of data load and private networking.
In addition to that, workloads are becoming more adaptable and flexible as organizations branch away from the conventional enterprise data center. Enterprises are becoming more mobile, more distributed and more hyper-scale oriented, which further warrants the need for adaptive networking and fast speed in data centers.
Other important reasons include usage of data for multiple applications, including, but not limited to, financial trading, traffic management, car and airplane design, private networking, social media drug discovery, and even national security. Most data centers are considering fiber backbone for their Ethernet cable to support increased GbE speeds, higher bandwidth, and future expansions.
Another important reason is the requirement for fast and high-speed ports and increased amount of data being driven from the dense edges of the network, which is further driving the advancement in this area. It will be fascinating to see how high-speed Ethernet boosts data center needs in the future.
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