How 10 Gb/s Will Change Your Company Network
There’s nothing more annoying than having to wait around somewhere – whether in a traffic jam, at the supermarket checkout, at the subway station, being kept on hold on the telephone, or at your office computer. Applications that freeze, unresponsive apps, files that are slow to load – all of these make your work tedious, frustrating, and inefficient
So who or what is to blame? In short, it is usually new applications that use a lot of bandwidth, or applications that need a lot of memory, which hold up data traffic on the network. IT administrators at companies must promptly see to it that these new applications do not cause the data transfer rate and server response times to plummet.
This situation is a hot topic right now given the arrival on the market of a large number of new technologies and business-critical applications that increase the productivity of companies, but also place a great strain on their networks. The good news is that roughly one third of companies have realized the situation and already implemented a 10 Gb/s network infrastructure using Ethernet, with three-quarters expected to have done so by next year.
The Unavoidable New Bandwidth Guzzlers That Are Holding Us Up
We Want a Faster Network – Moving from 1 Gb/s to 10 Gb/s
It’s fair to say there is a multitude of reasons for trimming the company network to make it faster. In the past, a 1 Gb/s bandwidth on the network offered the best cost/performance ratio, but there is now costeffective 10 Gb/s equipment available that makes it possible to multiply network output without having to increase the IT budget too much. The following section outlines the measures and devices that will speed up networks.
How Fast It Gets
1 NAS for 50 PCs
We also tested how many PCs can access the TS5410 via the network without the speed dropping. In our test configuration, the end devices were backed up to the NAS on an ongoing basis, with videos streamed to other end devices at the same time. Files were copied, read and deleted also. It took 24 hours to conduct the test, with the number of connected PCs continually increased as long as the test program continued to run without any errors and interruptions.
Using the 10 Gb/s connection made it possible to increase the number of “participating” PCs with simultaneous access to the NAS from 40 to 57.
As such, Buffalo switches and the new Buffalo TeraStation 5410 is an ideal product combination for small and medium-sized businesses and for branches and subsidiaries. Advertising agencies, music studios, and architect’s offices (i.e. small teams) who need access to large amounts of data every day and have limited IT budgets at their disposal really stand to gain.
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