Utilizing 10GBase-T for broad 10 Gigabit Ethernet deployment
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Overview: Virtualization, increasingly powerful server platforms, and rising numbers of hosted applications and virtual machines have combined to dramatically increase the demand for additional I/O in the data center.
As a result, the bottleneck in many data centers has shifted to network I/O. Organizations have addressed this challenge by adding Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports. But although this approach helps to increase I/O, it has also increased networking complexity. IT organizations can help reduce this complexity by consolidating traffic from GbE ports onto fewer 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports.
This article presents a best-practices deployment using the 10GBase-T standard in networks optimized with Dell servers and switches and Intel Ethernet server adapters using 10GbE technology.