With online traffic growing every day, questions about Ethernet speed is nothing but avoidable. There is a lot of hype in general about moving to 100 Gbps Ethernet. But is it what your website requires and is it something unavoidable is what you might want to know.
In early 2000’s a 1Gbps connection was considered very fast, but as the first decade came to an end, 10Gbps connections started appearing. In 2017, 10 Gbps connections have become the standard, and 40 Gbps connections are gaining popularity.
The major factor for this rise is Traffic.
Data center traffic is pegged to grow 4x times in the next three years. It shows that a higher bandwidth deal would be required to keep your website visitor experience intact.
Why is there such growth in Traffic?
The answer is simple and obvious. Data transferred online has increased significantly due to always-on smartphones, increase in online content viewership, popularity of cloud computing and more.
More than this, traffic patterns have changed inside the data center. Earlier, traffic in a data center consisted of requests mostly from external sources. Now, traffic stays within the core of data center, in large parts due to storage virtualization.
Web pages now are more complex than ever before, which has completely changed traffic patterns within data centers.
So, shouldn’t 40Gbps Ethernet be sufficient?
10 Gbps has become the standard now. But the online traffic has exploded in such a way that 100Gbps Ethernet would be necessity earlier than you thought. 40 Gbps connections can serve as an intermediary solution for a brief period of time, but you will have to shift your data center to 100 Gbps Ethernet eventually. One of the major reasons for their slow adoption rate is the cost, which is all set to come down drastically in the near future.