Technologies for Faster Data Center Networks
As data centers continue to expand, there is a demand for more capacity, better efficiencies, and higher speeds. This Process.com article looks at new technologies being installed in data centers to boost network infrastructures.
"Fiber is most useful for any long connections needed in the data center, according to Tara Van Unen, senior manager of market development for Ixia (www.ixiacom.com). 'Were seeing more of a push for service-oriented platforms and an increasing amount of on-demand services, so data centers need applications that are accessible at any time. To do this, they need to have large enough pipes'.
Van Unen adds that Ethernet connections, while less costly than fiber, suffer from noise and signal degradation over longer distances. Additional power is needed to boost the Ethernet signal to attempt to compensate for these problems."