Overview of Requirements and Applications for 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
Source: Ethernet Alliance
Innovative and emerging server technologies including multi-core processing, virtualization, networked storage, and I/O convergence are contributing to a growing bandwidth requirement in the enterprise computing environment. Aggregating today's 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) compute devices and the future higher speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) interfaces in the data center requires 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) interfaces for the switch-to-switch interconnection. Similar aggregation effects are present in the carrier and service provider networks, where it has become increasingly challenging for service providers to accommodate customer requests for services due to the bandwidth constraints of their network core. 100GbE is the identified solution for providing the next generation of internet connectivity to continue to fuel the delivery of new services and content to the consumer and business customers.