Faster Networks Are Coming: Will Your Data Center be Ready?

The growth of video, mobility and cloud services is pushing an increasing amount of traffic over enterprise networks, and many of the 10G networks that were performing well few years ago are reeling under the strain. Now, 40G and even 100G networks seem ready to take over; in fact, according to a recent report from Infonetics Research, 40G networks are poised to take the crown from 10G as the new high-growth segment. The report states that buyers are shifting their purchases toward network equipment with advanced capabilities to deal with the increasing demands applications are placing on network infrastructure.

According to Infonetics analyst Matthias Machowinski, “40G alone will easily pass $1 billion in revenue this year as it becomes the technology of choice in the data center.” Furthermore, Infonetics forecasts the 100G market will gain critical mass as soon as 2015.

This need for speed presents an inherent problem for enterprise network administrators: Troubleshooting problems at higher data rates can be difficult, and oftentimes performance problems and outages can take longer than usual to resolve. Consequently, traffic—as well as business operations that depend on that traffic—can be impacted.

Enterprises need network monitoring solutions that give them clear visibility into their traffic, regardless of data rate. Before migrating to 40G and 100G networks, network administrators need a comprehensive plan for network performance monitoring that includes bandwidth monitoring and traffic analysis. With a plan in place that provides an increasing amount of network visibility, enterprises can:

  • Analyze traffic performance and traffic patterns
  • Verify and troubleshoot transactions
  • Spot and resolve issues with VoIP or video traffic
  • Recognize and troubleshoot security breaches

The need for 40G in the data center is coming on strong and 100G is right on its tail. For more information on how we help enterprises tackle monitoring on these high data rate networks, visit our High Speed Networks page.

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