Do Data Bottlenecks Need to Become the New Normal?

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Alarm bells are sounding in corporate data centers from coast to coast and it’s a sound that CEOs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) recognize only too well.

Here’s the problem.

Consumption and production of data continues to grow. Converged networks, unified communications, virtualization and the Internet of Things are queuing up to demand more from SMB IP networks. Not forgetting more devices, more Wi-Fi, more video, more surveillance, and more file sharing. And the list keeps growing ­­-- as do the bottlenecks.

SMBs should not expect much relief on the horizon. Consider that by next year, about two-thirds of all workloads will be processed in the cloud with 1.4 zettabytes of data flowing over global networks.

Welcome to the new normal.

Fortunately, as demands on the network increase, there is a way forward.

If your IT investment roadmap contains some or even all of the following ...

  • Reduce network bottlenecks and network maintenance overhead
  • Add faster 11ac Wi-Fi capacity
  • Refresh legacy switches, servers or storage from the core to the edge
  • Deliver more IT cost saving efficiencies through virtualization
  • Boost productivity and anytime, anywhere user access through BYOD
  • Support organizational expansion and add extra network capacity
  • Support ‘IoT’ readiness plans

…then 10 Gigabit switching needs to be on your agenda as well.

Historically, 10 Gigabit Ethernet functionality commanded a relatively steep price in the form of fiber-based solutions and only the bigger companies that dominated the enterprise space could afford it. But 10 Gigabit switching prices have dropped to the point where they are now within budgetary reach of most companies. 

It’s time they got the memo. Data center bottlenecks are simply no longer acceptable and faced with more intensive data processing needs, SMBs ought to upgrade their data centers to 10 Gigabit switching technology to deal with these new business demands. Even more telling is that 10 Gigabit is reaching out beyond the data center into the aggregation layer and even workgroup settings. Video traffic and file sharing are two major traffic generators and the need for speed is filtering out into the wider local area network.

Like their larger rivals, SMBs need to be able to compete effectively and so their networking infrastructure must be robust enough to handle heavy data loads without system slowdowns. Solutions are now available that enable all organizations, small or large, to provide enterprise-class solutions at SMB price points.

Companies such as NETGEAR now offer several affordable switching alternatives that SMBs can easily add to gain reliable 10 Gigabit networking connectivity.

In a recent survey, only one-third of SMBs use 10 Gigabit switching in their networks, leaving themselves vulnerable to data bottlenecks and downtime.

That’s going to change as the ever-increasing demands on network bandwidth will make the argument on behalf of a transition to 10 Gigabit a no-brainer. Consider the following

A 10 Gigabit deployment provides SMBs with help in two key areas. First, it will allow for extra bandwidth in support of any new data-intensive applications or workloads. At the same time, the company’s IT administrators can remove the worry that virtualized server I/O bottlenecks present when multiple individual servers are collapsed into one.

10 Gigabit isn’t anything new having been around since 2002. With its improved lower pricing and power consumption, low latency and sturdy performance, 10 Gigabit Copper Ethernet is changing the adoption curve. It’s only since 2013 that growth has ramped –

indeed, growing adoption of 10GbE Copper NIC adapters by server and storage vendors has opened up an opportunity for 10 Gigabit connectivity deployment for customers of all sizes.

Now is the time to switch to 10 Gigabit. Those organizations that fail to put in place the right backbone needed to support the ‘anytime, anywhere, any device workforce’ without performance issues will find themselves losing out to those that do.

Visit NETGEAR’s site to learn more.