There are a number of drivers increasing demand for bandwidth in the data center:
- Multi-core processors and blade servers greatly increase computational density, creating a corresponding demand for bandwidth.
- Networked storage increases demand for bandwidth.
- Virtualization and server consolidation ensures that servers are fully utilized, further increasing demand for bandwidth.
The chart shows a projection of the adoption of higher speed Ethernet server interconnects as the increasing demand for bandwidth drives current deployment of 10G Ethernet and accelerates adoption of emerging 40G and 100G Ethernet products.
The scalability, performance and relatively low cost makes Ethernet the clear choice of networking technology for providing converged SAN and LAN connectivity. The sFlow standard, already supported by most Ethernet switch vendors, provides the network visibility that is essential for managing data centers in this rapidly evolving environment.