In this guest blog post on the Tintri blog, vExpert Bill Hill looks at what it might take for 10Gb Ethernet to go mainstream. Tintri VMstore typically uses a 10Gb connection.
Enterprise IT is going through some significant growth right now. Virtualization has enabled a shift in how compute tasks are performed, and storage is seeing incredible performance increases with SSDs. However, the network needs to catch up in terms of adoption for the next major revision: 10Gb.
10Gb networking is available, but very expensive — which inhibits widespread adoption. However, many new products are coming that require 10Gb to maximize performance (ex: Tintri VMstore). What is it going to take for widespread penetration of 10Gb networking into mass enterprise markets?
Here are a few factors common to most enterprise IT departments:
Networking is really the key to unlocking everything that virtualization and SSD storage have to offer the enterprise compute world. Until 10Gb is adopted, the network will remain a bottleneck for performance.
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