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How fast do you want to go?

By Mark W. Kaelin Editor ·
Operating on the theory that competitive advantage can be gained by moving data faster, Enterasys is planning to sell wiring closet switches aimed at supporting Gigabit Ethernet desktop clients.

http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2004/0913entera.html

These switches will also include WiFi and IPhone capabilities, making them as close to an all-in-one solution as is possible. Gigabit Ethernet on the desktop is now a reality that network administrators will have to manage.

Is your organization considering a move to Gigabit networking speeds? Is such speed really necessary?

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Easy answer...no and nope.

by TomSal In reply to How fast do you want to g ...

Is your organization considering a move to Gigabit networking speeds? Is such speed really necessary?

No we aren't considering gigabit to the desktop -- **** we just got everyone on 100% FastEthernet on the desktop.

No in most apps to the average business desktop gigabit is overkill still.

The only exceptions I know of the top of my head would be in a heavy scientific field where the "regular" users are all Scientist/PhD types doing tasks that are computer intensive like molecular modeling for example. The second would folks like NASA engineers doing complex math equations accessing literally billions of lines of data at very high speeds.

But for email, websurfing or connecting with the company SQL Server DB -- you'll get plenty of performance using fastEthernet (especially running full dup).

PS. Technical analness here on my part -- but gigabit ethernet has been here for quite awhile now, and you already could of had it to your desktops -- Cisco has sold GBICS for years now.

In fact 10 gig Ethernet is around -- I'm just not sure if it was officially "ratified" as they say -- into a standard yet.

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;p

by mrafrohead In reply to Easy answer...no and nope ...

"In fact 10 gig Ethernet is around -- I'm just not sure if it was officially "ratified" as they say -- into a standard yet."

10G ethernet...

You just totally gave me a hardon. ;p

I think that "Maverick" had it right in TopGun.

"I have a need. A need for SPEED!!!!"

It makes it more fun to watch the little numbers spin faster and faster.

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well

by voldar In reply to How fast do you want to g ...

I must admit that we will not see very soon the gigabit ethernet on the desktops, but, for servers and switches, routers etc, yes, they are already on. To bring up the gigabit to the desktop means at least to switch the cabling from Cat 5e to 6, and this is not easy work to do when you have more than 1000 users in different locations.

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Just so you know

by mrafrohead In reply to well

Gigabit is certified to work on Cat5. The upgrade would not be necessary. Although if you are doing a fresh build or install, I would then use Cat6. Otherwise, use what you have.

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No, but I am. ;p

by mrafrohead In reply to How fast do you want to g ...

My organization lives in the stone age. We are still working on OS2/Warp and 98 boxes. Though we're finally trying to step into the last century now...

As for me, my home network, I have already started to migrate over to Gigabit. Each new piece of hardware that is network related is a Gigabit piece instead of regular 10/100...

As for is the speed worth it? How many times have you heard time is money?

I have, a lot.

If I can transfer a 100M file on a 10/100 in ten seconds, or do it on a 1000 in 1, that makes a big difference.

Now just think of that in terms of ISO's or any other large files that are out there...

I take all of our cd's and make images and put them on our network. That way we never have to hear about such and such disk being lost or misplaced. Now if it is lost or gone, we can just download a new copy and burn it, in a matter of minutes. Though if it were gigabit, it would be seconds and if you are in a REAL time cruch, it can make all of the difference.

It's there, why not use it? ;p

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