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Current communication data rates in local networks range from 10/100 Megabits per second (Mbps) in Ethernet to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) in fiber distributed data interface (FDDI) and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). However, the increasing demand for Internet Protocol (IP)-based services including voice, video, and data requires higher speeds and greater bandwidth, leading to the emergence of 10 GigE Local Area Networks (LANs), especially in the enterprise. The 10 GigE is also emerging in Storage Area Network (SAN) applications, including switch-to-switch links for very high-speed connections between switches inside data centers and between buildings. Today's network architecture should be built using 10 Gbps technology to ensure that the network is scalable and allows easy and cost-optimized upgrades.
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