How IoT is Hastening the 10G Transition

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All sorts of devices that previously existed in isolation are getting connected to networks as part of the Internet of Things.  No business can escape the looming demands on the network and the key will be to make the transition to 10 Gigabit (10G) LAN connectivity.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is sweeping over the business landscape, a tech transformation that promises to also create a myriad of opportunities for small- and medium-sized companies. Why? IoT may be more prevalent in large organizations, but it will increasingly touch and permeate throughout the supply chain in time, of which SMBs are a key contributor.

We’re talking about a historic transition in which a growing network of physical objects will be communicating over the Internet, interacting with each other as well as with their external environments for the first time. By the year 2020, Gartner expects there will be 26 billion connected devices in use around the world (excluding PCs, smartphones, and tablets).

At the same time, the influx of millions of new sensors and gadgets unleashed by IoT will create an unprecedented flood of new data that your company’s network will need to process and analyze. Until now, enterprises have led the way in IoT adoption because they could afford to build fast, robust networks to handle that amount of new information.  2015 research from the SMB Group highlighted that IoT was near or at the bottom of SMB investment lists for the upcoming 12 months. That said, increasing awareness of IoT will drive the need for more network capacity to cope with extra traffic that will be required in both small and large organizations.

Adoption of 10G is changing. 10 Gigabit copper price points have become increasingly affordable, allowing SMBs to deploy 10G networking to deliver reliable, affordable, and easy-to-use connectivity and avoid potential network logjams. Here’s where NETGEAR can help. The company offers a choice of seven 10GBASE-T switches with prices starting below the $1,000 mark that can respond to the new demands of high speed networking requirements.   

IoT Urgency for 10G

10G connectivity has been around since 2002, but adoption has spread faster in the last three years. As they wade into IoT, many SMBs have already deployed 10G copper solutions to deal with traffic growth generated by the virtualized servers, storage devices and data centers that power their infrastructures. IoT will simply add to the aggregate traffic profiles and push wider adoption further.

Consider a couple of findings turned up by NETGEAR research:

  • 61 percent of SMBs expect to use 10G to support their business network by the end of 2017
  • 40 percent of SMBs plan 10G migrations to avoid network performance bottlenecks. 

The underlying theme is that SMBs need to take measures to prevent their networks from buckling under the new weight imposed by IoT. The right supporting infrastructure can be the difference between uptime and downtime, lost opportunities, and even business failure. 

10G takes that risk off the table and gives SMBs an agile and dependable tool they can use to successfully navigate this historic moment in the technology industry.

Visit NETGEAR’s site to learn more.