The International Data Corporation (IDC) has stated that, in Q3 of 2013, the MEA region’s ethernet switch sales increased by approximately 23 per cent annually, which is higher than the global average of 6.5 per cent.
According to Reichle & De-Massari, the global data centre ethernet switch market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.27 per cent between 2013 and 2018. The chief reason for the market’s growth will be due to ten-gigabit ethernet (10GbE) investments. This is rising as the industry standard because of the economical aspects and the high performance offered by these switches.
The IEEE 802.3an 10GBASE-T is the customary application for 10Gb/s data transmission over copper twisted pair cabling of up to 100 meters reach, and it allows the use of both unshielded twisted pair (UTP) and shielded twisted pair (STP) copper cabling systems. Universally, it is UTP cabling that is most widely deployed, since it is smaller and simpler to install, does not require grounding, is cheaper and requires less maintenance than STP systems. What customers ultimately choose will depend on several factors, such as the sensitivity of the system, complexity of the implementation, environmental considerations and IT budgets. Hence, even in the era of 10GbE, unshielded cabling still remains a feasible alternative, as long as institutions invest in resolutions that are of the highest quality.
10GbE is a telecommunication technology that transmits up to ten billion bits per second of data speed. It does not need carrier sense multiple access/collision detection (CSMA/CD) protocol since it functions independently as a full-duplex protocol.