New Ethernet Tech Breaks Data Speed Limit

Enterprises will soon be able to speed their Ethernet networks by up to five times their current speeds without having to replace their existing infrastructures thanks to a new networking standard announced this week. The standard, officially known as IEEE 802.3bz, defines 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet speeds over the existing installed base of twisted pair copper cabling.

The new networking protocol will help companies continue to use their older 1000BASE-T networks while still significantly boosting speeds for their Ethernet infrastructures. That should be a major boon for enterprises that need to upgrade aging systems, but lack the ability to tear out and replace the cabling of their existing networks.

Five Times the Speed

Although Wi-Fi may be the networking standard of choice in the consumer world, Ethernet infrastructure continues to rule the world of enterprise networking. And in many cases, the growth of Wi-Fi technology is one of the key drivers behind the need for faster Ethernet systems, as enterprises look for ways to increase the speed of data delivery to Wi-Fi endpoints.

The issue has become particularly acute with the arrival of the Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2 technology two years ago. ?EU?As new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology is being deployed the need to offload more and more data at higher and higher speeds from the wireless to the wired network has never been so critical,?EU? Sachin Gupta, vice president of product management at Cisco, wrote in a blog post about the announcement.

Gupta said that with the advent of the new Ethernet standard, enterprises will be able to increase the speeds of their networks by up to five times just by upgrading their networks' equipment, such as network switches, something that is much less painful than having to rip out miles of cabling.

Minimal Cost To Upgrade

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