In a previous post, I wrote about Brocade’s planned introduction of 100 GbE ports, 10 times the speeds we have today. It’s clear how this would benefit consumers who can download high-definition movies more easily or businesses that require business-class videoconferencing, but there are also benefits to service providers and software developers.
Providers know they have to increase bandwidth but they need to do it in an economical way so that they don’t break their business model. One big advantage of 100 GbE is that the service providers’ backbone network capacity can be upgraded at least tenfold very rapidly.
Larger data pipes will also benefit application developers create apps for business continuity or disaster recovery. Today when recording transactions on a point-of-sale network, first the application saves the data to the database, but then that database has to be replicated to a remote site for disaster recovery. That can take hours with a 10 GbE connection, but with 100 GbE, when you write to your local on-premises database you'll be able to write to your remote database at the same time.
But of course, we are not going to stop at 100 GbE. Brocade thinks the next frontier will be 400 GbE, but even with 100 Gigabit, we already have the capability to link together 16-ports of 100 GbE to deliver 1.6 terabits. Now that’s bandwidth!