Why You Should Future-proof Your Business Network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Pourquoi vous devriez préparer l'avenir de votre réseau d'entreprise avec 10 Gigabit Ethernet ?

Dans un récent enquête auprès de plus de 1500 entreprises, Seagate a indiqué que les entreprises pouvaient s'attendre à un taux de croissance annuel de 42,2 % sur deux ans en matière de production de données. Le rapport indique également qu'aujourd'hui, nous créons autant de données en une heure qu'en une année il y a seulement vingt ans.

Chaque année, les réseaux d'entreprise prennent en charge davantage de dispositifs et le volume du trafic de données augmente de façon exponentielle. Il n'est pas surprenant que la bande passante soit souvent mise à rude épreuve, que des goulets d'étranglement apparaissent et que les entreprises subissent des ralentissements périodiques, voire des pannes. 

En outre, depuis le début de la pandémie, les entreprises ont dû réagir en proposant des options de travail à distance, des expériences d'achat en personne plus sûres et des expériences d'achat en ligne plus robustes, ainsi que de meilleurs systèmes de surveillance, ce qui a encore accru l'utilisation des données.

Comment la commutation 10 Gigabit Ethernet peut avoir un impact sur vos réseaux actuels et futurs

Le Fast Ethernet (10/100) à la périphérie du réseau est mort. Les réseaux Gigabit et Multi-gigabit en périphérie sont devenus la norme, car les entreprises s'efforcent de répondre aux exigences actuelles du réseau et de se préparer à la croissance future.

Même si la pandémie s'estompe, la plupart des entreprises verront leurs besoins en données augmenter en raison de la pandémie :

  • Enterprise software use
  • Email and file storage
  • More frequent virtual meetings
  • Increased number of connected personal devices
  • Digital signage
  • Customer WiFi access and loyalty programs
  • POS systems
  • IP security cameras and lighting
  • Smart WiFi devices like door locks and water detection systems

No matter which industry you’re in, an increased number of applications and connected devices accessing your networks means higher bandwidth demand at the aggregation layer. Gigabit aggregation just won’t cut it anymore. A 10 Gigabit aggregation network can reduce network congestion, accommodate a higher number of users, improve employee productivity, and enhance the customer experience.

As the demand for data and WiFi speeds increase, you need the most bandwidth possible to ensure efficient data transmission and uninterrupted connectivity. In addition, with more streaming data and larger files transfers, higher bandwidth will help reduce congestion in the aggregation and core layers of your busy network.

If you’re not using 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches in your aggregation layer yet, it may be time to upgrade. You don’t want to wait until your legacy Gigabit links begin to cause traffic jams. A poorly performing network affects employees and customers alike.

Network Upgrades Can Happen in Stages

As network needs change, upgrading your IT infrastructure may give you an edge over your competition, but costs and benefits must be carefully considered.

Planning for growth and investing a little more now can reduce your future upgrade needs, increase your ability to scale later, and save you money in the future. Fortunately, you don’t need to upgrade your entire network at the same time. Instead, you can migrate to 10 Gigabit in stages.

Some upgrades you’ll need to consider include:

  • Cabling – 10G uplinks from the edge to the aggregation layer require fiber or copper. Most Gigabit and multi-gigabit edge switches with 10G uplinks utilize SFP+ ports for the uplinks, with either multimode or single-mode 10G transceivers. Multimode transceivers are used for shorter runs of (approx.) 300m, while single-mode transceivers can be used for longer runs.  Some edge switches also utilize 10GBASE-T copper RJ45 ports for uplinks. In this case, to get full 10G speeds, CAT6a (or better) cabling is required, and you are limited to 100m distance.
  • Managed or Unmanaged Switches – While the plug-and-play functionality of unmanaged switches is ideal for home use and light-traffic business networks, most businesses need more control over the network and connected devices. With smart managed and fully managed switches, IT teams can monitor and prioritize network traffic, utilize advanced security features, and troubleshoot more efficiently. Managed switches, with 10G copper or fiber uplinks, can provide the flexibility, connectivity, performance, and reliability your growing business needs.
  • Power Over Internet (PoE) Switches – With PoE edge switches, you can reduce your cabling cost and power your devices the ethernet cable. That means you can support security cameras, access points, VoIP phone systems, and more while simplifying installations and reducing clutter throughout your space.  PoE edge switches are also available with 10G uplinks to support larger packets of data from the edge to the core.

Always Consider Future Growth

The amount of data transferred over the Internet is growing exponentially, with no plateau in sight. If your business is expanding, so will your network needs. That’s why it’s essential to plan ahead by installing flexible, adaptable systems that will continue to meet your company’s future demands.

10 Gigabit Ethernet technology in the aggregation and core layers of a network has become an accessible and cost-effective future-proofing option for businesses of all sizes across industries.

Future-Proof Your Network with D-Link Smart Managed Switches

The DGS-1250 series is a cost-effective edge switch solution for small-to-medium business and enterprise needs. With 24 or 48 x 10/100/1000BASE-T ports, an additional 4 x 10G SFP+ ports for high-speed uplink connections, and a robust 370-Watt PoE power budget, you’ll have a powerful, easy to maintain network at an affordable price.

With advanced security features and D-Link’s exclusive 6kV surge protection, you can confidently keep your network and its powered devices secure despite lighting strikes and power surges.

The DXS-1210 series 10G switches are capable of servicing a range of network needs in any business. For aggregation, they offer a combination of 10G copper and fiber ports, and come with a complete lineup of L2 features including port mirroring, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP).

To learn more about powering your 10 Gigabit network with D-Link switching solutions, contact us today.

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