Why SMBs No Longer Need to Cast Envious Eyes at 10G Data Centers

Significant price and performance improvements in the 10G space means that SMBs can outfit robust data centers that can handle the growing demands of an ever-connected, data-intensive world.

You can sum up in a single word why data center managers with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) were eager to deploy 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) switching when the technology became affordable: Performance.

All businesses, big and small, carefully weigh whether new investments in technology are going to help them to remain competitive. This wasn’t a hard sell with 10GbE, which marked a major improvement over its predecessor.

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SMBs Can Feel the Speed of 10G Affordably

10G has been around since 2002, but it’s been largely the exclusive purview of enterprise data centers. No longer. Growing numbers of SMBs are now turning to 10 Gigabit for their server and storage networks.

Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) well understand the impact that faster speed has on user experience. We live in a world where the competition is only a mouse click away and speed gets valued in the coin of customer satisfaction. It can be the difference between business success and failure.

As SMBs grow, so do their bandwidth requirements. Data now doubles each couple of years, with the rise of converged networks, unified communications, virtualization, and the Internet of Things putting increasing demand on SMB IP networks. And the growing traffic from video and file sharing means that the need for speed in the company’s local area network will only increase in the future.

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Delay Design Redundancy at Your Peril

More than ever, SMBs need networks that stand up to mission critical crunches and that makes the need for resilient and redundant network designs more vital than ever. Delay is no longer an option and here’s why you need to start building in a backup strategy for your switched network - today.

Network redundancy is a bit like getting an insurance policy. You might not ever need it but it’s incredibly nice to have in case something goes bump in the night.

Just as organizations ‘back up’ their data, there is also the need to have a ‘back up’ plan for the switched network. Furthermore, resiliency is different from redundancy. The former is how quick the network can bounce back from an issue or outage, whilst redundancy defines if there is an alternative traffic path in place should a link go down. The two go hand in hand.

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Why 10 Gigabit Is No Longer Just for Big Enterprises

With data doubling every two years, SMBs can find affordable 10G switching solutions that will do the trick without breaking their IT budgets.

The changing economics around 10 Gigabit Ethernet is about to change how many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) think about the composition of their networking infrastructures.

When 10G switching debuted more than a decade ago, the new functionality came with a relatively high price tag. Yes, this qualified as a big improvement over GigE and would do wonders to ease congestion and offer greater bandwidth. But only well-heeled enterprises could afford to foot the hefty the bill to upgrade their data centers with this potent improvement in technology.

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Do Data Bottlenecks Need to Become the New Normal?

Alarm bells are sounding in corporate data centers from coast to coast and it’s a sound that CEOs of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) recognize only too well.

Here’s the problem.

Consumption and production of data continues to grow. Converged networks, unified communications, virtualization and the Internet of Things are queuing up to demand more from SMB IP networks. Not forgetting more devices, more Wi-Fi, more video, more surveillance, and more file sharing. And the list keeps growing ­­-- as do the bottlenecks.

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How IoT is Hastening the 10G Transition

All sorts of devices that previously existed in isolation are getting connected to networks as part of the Internet of Things.  No business can escape the looming demands on the network and the key will be to make the transition to 10 Gigabit (10G) LAN connectivity.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is sweeping over the business landscape, a tech transformation that promises to also create a myriad of opportunities for small- and medium-sized companies. Why? IoT may be more prevalent in large organizations, but it will increasingly touch and permeate throughout the supply chain in time, of which SMBs are a key contributor.

We’re talking about a historic transition in which a growing network of physical objects will be communicating over the Internet, interacting with each other as well as with their external environments for the first time. By the year 2020, Gartner expects there will be 26 billion connected devices in use around the world (excluding PCs, smartphones, and tablets).

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